Everything, that is, except jump into the presidential race himself.
Mitt Romney said Friday he will not make an 11th-hour presidential run to try to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination, the day after sharply attacking the real estate mogul’s candidacy.
“The fifth time and I thought he was going down for the count and I was ready to go, cause I wanted to show off, you know, what a good athlete I am”, Trump said. Marco Rubio becomes the nominee, said Pawlenty.
“Look at those hands, are they small hands?” the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination said, raising them for viewers to see.
In a speech Thursday, Romney described Trump as a “phony” candidate who would pose a danger to the country if elected.
Trump said it was simply business.
The contests are open only to registered Republicans, excluding the independent voters who have fuelled his rise and possibly playing to arch-conservative Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s strengths.
The results ratchet up pressure on the two remaining candidates – Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Sen. Rubio had negotiated with other lawmakers on immigration policy.
With a talk of a brokered convention, not only has Romney’s name been thrown out there as a possible alternative to Trump, but also House Speaker Paul Ryan’s name is getting floated.
“I’ve supported Democrats and I’ve supported Republicans, and as a businessman I owed that to my company, to my family, to my workers, to everybody to get along”, he said.
Romney told TODAY’s Matt Lauer that he chose to speak out because “I couldn’t stand silent anymore” after watching Trump’s increasingly hostile campaign antics and listening to vulgar statements he’s made. Then, in the final minute of the 11th GOP presidential debate, they changed their tune – totally.
A candidate launching an independent bid has to petition for a place on the ballot in all 50 states, each of which has a deadline.
Trump referred to Rubio’s tease with a crude sexual reference of his own.
Rubio in recent days on the campaign trail ramped up his teasing of the brash billionaire, including reviving a decades-old old insult, mocking Trump for having relatively slight hands. Trump countered with a feint, saying he’d called Rubio a “lightweight” in the past but “he’s really not that much of a lightweight”.
“He’s trying to con people into giving him their vote just as he conned those people”, Rubio said.
“There’s no question I’m going to do everything within the normal political bounds to make sure that we don’t nominate Donald Trump“, Romney said, calling Trump “terribly unfit for office”.
However, Trump insisted the lawsuit was not a major issue: ‘It’s a minor civil case. “Give me a break”.
He also talked about “Lyin’ Ted” and said the “real con artist” was Rubio. “But you’ve got to consolidate the field down to one candidate”.
According to the Associated Press, Donald Trump has picked up 329 delegates through Super Tuesday. Sen.