Mitt Romney won’t rule out accepting GOP nomination at contested convention

by S.A. Miller  |  published on March 7, 2016

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, refused Sunday to rule out becoming the nominee again this year at a brokered convention, though he insisted he couldn’t imagine that happening.

“I don’t think anyone in our party should say, ‘Oh no, even if the people of the party wanted me to be president, I would say no to it.’ No one is going to say that,” Mr. Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Speculation abounded that Mr. Romney was setting himself up for a surprise nomination last week when he unleashed a brutal denouncement of front-runner Donald Trump, urging voters to support anyone but the billionaire real estate mogul in upcoming primaries to force a contested convention this summer in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. Romney lambasted Mr. Trump as “a fraud, a phony” in a speech Thursday. “He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.”

On the Sunday talk show, Mr. Romney said he isn’t running and plans to endorse one of Mr. Trump’s three rivals — either Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

  • R Antony

    Romney couldn’t handle Hitlary. She would chew him up even worse than Obama did. That woman has lied and sidestepped so many scandals and killings, she is hardened to anything Little Mitt might throw. Trump 2016.

  • ChuckS123

    “if the people of the party wanted me to be president,” . . Which would actually be the party elites, donor class, and other establishment types. NOT most party members.

  • bones1941

    Mitt your not doing a damn thing. I for one will not vote for you Mitt .
    Your the perfect reason for me to support Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
    We have been listening to you politicians for many years and you don’t
    have any answers ? Your a Dumb ass Mitt Romney and so are the
    other Establishment GOP.

  • parthenon1

    Romney, Rove and the rest of the RNC and the high $ donors better wake up! you have done more to create the split in the Rep. party by being petulant. Ofcourse we the voters see right through your actions, you want to stop Trump because he is beholden to the voters and not the big $ donors. Well whether Trump wins or loses you and your people lose more. We the Conservative Tea Party group will take over the party sooner or later. All you have done is to guarantee an Hillary Clinton presidency so we are holding you responsible and will remind you publicly ever time she does an Obama like move. But in the mean time we are pledging to write in Donald Trumps name on the ballot at general election time.

  • kathy diamond

    Who the HELL is Mitt Romney to have anything to say about this

  • Gary Smith

    I do not like Trump bur he would be better than Clinton or Sanders

  • Patriot47

    Y’all grab yer ankles now.

  • gvette

    Oh good, A back stabbing two time loser. Leave it to Reince Priebus to screw us again.

  • cae973

    I voted for him in 2012 but now that I ve gotten to see the Real romney there is no way I would ever vote for him again!

  • Violet Baker

    Romney will never get my vote. This will be so wrong. It’s a total set up. We definitely DO NOT WANT ROMNEY or PAUL RYAN. They are both RINOs.

  • tryscavage

    I think that it may work…if…if he wears a mask that looks like Bill Clinton but with a darker tan and ears that stick out from his head.

  • cathylovesyou

    If Mitt Romney runs I will vote for Hillary in complete protest against this phony.

    • John Patriot

      Don’t Dooooooooooo IT!!!!!!

      • cathylovesyou

        relax I know nobody is worst than her except the Liarnchief.

  • disqus_MZe2ymfHQj

    Mitt Romney is the kind that true constitutional Americans are trying to vote out.
    Hopefully it can be by ballot instead of by bullet.

  • juniemoon

    Romney is backed by the corrupt establishment. If Romney accepts the nom at a brokered convention, he accepts it without working for it the way the candidates did. It can’t be easy traveling around the country, conducting rallies, giving interviews, debating, and showing up at townhall meetings.

    Romney, STFU. We voters are sick of you. Just go away!!

  • cutterguy

    just wrap it up and hand it to hitlery

  • Matt

    Romney said “in good conscience” he couldn’t vote for Trump, but “in good conscience” he could saddle us for the past 4 years with Obama because he wasn’t MAN ENOUGH TO GET TOUGH! ROMNEY IS WORTHLESS. (EXCEPT FOR HIS $).

  • 1josephg1

    Hah!

  • freedomoutpost ken

    Romney blew his/our chance already, he will get no second chance.

  • Walter Flatt

    WHAT DIFFERENT IS ONE CROOK FROM ANOTHER, IF THE REPUBLICANS STEAL THIS FROM TRUMP THEY ARE NO BETTER THAN HILLIARY. BOTH PARTIES ARE NOTHING BUT CROOKS AND LYERS, THAT IS WHY THEY DO NOT WANT TRUMP. LOOK WHAT THE CROOKED REPUBLICAN WE HAVE IN THERE NOW HAS DONEL, ALL SOLD OUT TO OBAMA.

    WHY DONALD TRUMP? WE ARE TIRED OF CROOKS IN WASHINGTON AND TRUMP IS HIS OWN MAN, NOT BIG MONEY PACS, OR, THE NEWS MEDIA. HIS IQ IS 156+. 99.9% ABOVE THE WORLD. SMARTER THAN ANY NEWS MEDIA, OR POLITICIAN.

    MSNBC HATE HIM, DEMOCRATS HATE HIM, CNN HATE HIM, REPUBLICAN PARTY HATES HIM, FOX HATES HIM, KELLY HATES HIM, POLITICAL ESTABLISHMEN HATE HIM, AND THE NEWS MEDIA HATE HIM. NONE CAN CONTROL HIM.

    HE MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT.

    WE DO NOT NEED 1ST YEAR POLITICIANS, OR GOVERNERS THAT HAVE SOLD OUT TO BIG MONEY PACS.

    1—HE DOES NOT NEED A JOB, 2—DOES NOT LIE TO YOU, 3—DOES NOT NEED BIG PAC MONEY, 4—DOES NOT NEED A BOOK DEAL, 5—IS TIRED OF SEEING OUR COUNTRY GOING DOWN THE TOLLET.

    A NEW BRAND OF POLITICS, THE TRUTH. IN MY 85 YEARS, I HAVE NEVER SEEN A MORE QUALIFIED, SELF FUNDING, WITH NO OBLIGATIONS, PERSON RUN FOR ANY OFFICE.

    TRUMP WANTS TO FIX THIS NATION. GET OUT AND WORK FOR HIM THEN VOTE FOR HIM.

    TRUMP IS THE ONLY ONE QUALIFIED TO RUN THE LARGEST BUSINESS ON EARTH, THE US GOVRNMENT. AGAIN, WE DO NOT NEED, FIRST YEAR SENATORS, MAYORS, OR GOVERNERS ALL OBLIGATED TO BIG MONEY PACS WITH NO BUSINESS EXPERIENCE, WE NEED DONALD TRUMP.

  • Charles Smith

    That Horses Ass could not win if he ran for Dog Catcher. He is a has been loser and the sooner he admits that the better. Go Donald

  • stoth

    The Democrats will be in the WH for sure if this loser Mormon Romney is the nominee. If Trump is not the GOP nominee, he (Trump) will be third party.

  • Chris Robinette

    Mitt was a loser then and he is still a loser now. If the “F”ing establishment repubs give the election to Clinton there will be a revolution that may end in a world war with the US destroyed not only as a nation but physically destroyed as well.

  • DEW

    It’s a sure-positive way to hand the election to Hillary !!

  • joe s

    Oh goody a 2 time loser ,hay Mitt take a walk and let a real man run this country,if he can’t beat the pig Hillary, you couldn’t beat a loser racist commie islamist, could you ?

  • mellissner

    As one of the dumb who voted for Romney I would never double up, that smart I am. He was on my Facebook long enough to get my donations. When I think of him now the word “shame” comes to mind.

  • palehorse58

    If he runs, I’m voting for Daffy duck. What an ass hole. If he want’s to run for pres, run like everybody else. What a lame brain. I can guaranty that if the republican party screws over him or Cruz, Trump will run on a third party ticket. And millions will follow him.

  • Suzey

    You get it, I Seigel!

  • Suzey

    I won’t stoop to Trump’s or his followers’ level by calling names or by being crude and vulgar. I think Romney is still a decent and honest man and what he says about Trump was the truth. Nationally, 60% of Republicans don’t like Trump. Also, he is far more disliked than Hillary. I wouldn’t vote for Hillary or Trump. I do believe Trump followers are being blinded by their dis trust of the so-called “establishment’; but you forget a large number of Conservatives don’t like Trump, either. With Trump as the nominee, the Republican Party will not only loose the Presidency, we will loose big time in the Senate, House, state legislatures and governorships! We will really be on the downward slope as a Nation!

    • I Seigel

      I’m agreeing with you here. The more bad stuff comes out about Trump and his business failures and now his flip-flopping on building the wall, immigration, H1-B Visas, lawsuits, ISIS, etc, the weaker he really looks. The charges of flip-flopping haven’t made a dent yet – they destroyed Kerry very quickly, but they haven’t even begun in earnest yet. Yeah, the wall might not be 50 feet tall, maybe only 43 feet. Or 30 feet. They still won’t be able to get over it. But Trump doesn’t see it as flip-flopping; he’s told us that it’s just a negotiating tactic, that that’s how REAL business is done. Starting to sound more and more like a hack politician, if you ask me.

      And where is the evangelical outrage about Trump having an open relationship with Marla Maples while still being married? The evangelicals certainly get their panties in a knot about Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky – where’s the same outrage about Marla??

      And do we REALLY want a foreigner – even if she is a “10” – as First Lady??

      • Dave N.

        Starting to look like reality is setting in just a little on Mr. Trump’s parade. Glad to see people seeing him for what he is. That being said if we ended up with a brokered nominee it had better be someone who is competing in the process and not an outsider, putting Romney in would be the last straw for most people and the party would come to an explosive revolt/end to say the very least. I personally don’t think they are that stupid, but I guess I wouldn’t be completely surprised either.

  • Seedman

    It will be interesting to see who Mitt endorses. Don Juvenile would be the worst of the lot. His support is on the decline, big time, and rightfully so. Don’s facade is peeling like his orange hued makeup.

  • Robert Russell

    MR Trump is our best bet Romney would lose “Again”. MR Trump will know what to do rid us of all illegals even Syria Muslims that bigO wants. And don’t forget the fence Mexico will pay for built with deport illegals. LOL!

  • disqus_k68sqSa7lb

    he better not make that deal. that would be the kiss of death for the repub party. they have to go with the voter chosen nominee even if the winner is a hair under the majority. if not they will destroy the party. and a third party would rise and probably result in the bit.h winning.

  • Beamer2006

    Hey Mitt, crawl back under the rock from whence thou came! The PEOPLE are speaking and we’re sick of you and your country club Republicans. Go to Israel and hang out with your buddy Bibi and DON’T come back!

  • Todd Alfonsi

    If the Gop cheats to the point of throwing out the peoples choice, and “installing ” their own guy , Washington just might finally be attacked! by its own citizens.the first thing Americans could do is to ALL REFUSE TO PAY ANY PROTECTION MONEY CALLED TAXES! then start law suits to remove every Politician in office for criminal acts against the entire nation, and surround Washington with Millions of citizens, too many to pepper spray away.

  • ItsJo

    If the Rino-Romney of the “Old Establishment WOULD have acted THIS Outspoken, Vile, when HE faced Obama – he would have won…NOW, he Decides to “GET TOUGH?” What an Idiot, who thinks he and the crooked Establishment who are doing Everything they Can to DERAIL Trump, EVEN if WE the PEOPLE VOTE FOR HIM….WELL, THAT SAYS IT ALL. THE GOP WILL FAIL MISERABLY, AS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF US, WILL OPT OUT OF THE ‘GOOD OLE BOYS CLUB, WHO ONLY LOOK OUT FOR THEMSELVES, NOT THIS REPUBLIC OR IT’S VOTER BASES.” IDIOTS-AND SNEAKS WORKING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, WHO WANT TO HAND “CRIMINAL, HILLARY THE POTUS” SO THEY CAN ALL KEEP THEIR CUSHY JOBS.

  • Nina

    Look Mittens………..you screwed us up really really bad already what the hell are you thinking!! What the hell would the GOP be thinking putting putting your sorry ass in there?!?!! You don’t speak for me and you don’t speak for “We the People”!!!!

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