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GOP's Romney 'Not Planning on Endorsing' in 2020 Presidential Race

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Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | September 17, 2019 | 4:19 PM EDT

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)

Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who denounced Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race as "a phony, a fraud" whose nomination would ensure Hillary Clinton's victory, stated that he has no plans to endorse anyone in the 2020 presidential race, not in the primary or in the general election.

"I'm not planning on endorsing in the presidential race," Romney told CNN on Sept. 12. 

"At this stage, I'm not planning on endorsing in the primary or in the general," he said. 

CNN noted that Romney is friends with Bill Weld, a liberal Republican and former governor of Massachusetts, who is challenging Trump for the 2020 nomination.

Donald Trump announces his endorsement of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney (R) with wife Ann (L) at Trump International Hotel & Tower February 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada ahead of the February 4 Nevada caucus. (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Mitt Romney ran against Barack Obama in the 2012 election and lost. In 2018, Romney ran for the U.S. Senate and was endorsed by President Trump, who said Romney "will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!"

In March 2016, before any Republican had won the nomination for president, Romney gave a speech at the University fo Utah where he repeatedly attacked and mocked Donald Trump. 

"Let me put it plainly, if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished," said Romney. "If Donald Trump's plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into a prolonged recession."

Trump "would be very bad for American workers and for American families," said Romney. "He inherited his business, he didn't create it. ... A business genius he is not. ... Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart. I'm afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart. I am far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament of be president."

Romney continued, "Dishonesty is Trump's hallmark. ... A person so untrustworthy and dishonest as Hillary Clinton must not become president. But a Trump nomination enables her victory."

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"Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud," said Romney. "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.

h/t CNN Politics

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman

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