Former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked 2016 Republican front-runner Donald Trump as “a fraud” yesterday and urged primary voters to keep the outspoken NY billionaire from getting the nomination, paving the way for possible horse trading at a party convention in July. It all started in a rather middle-schoolish way at a rally at Roanoke, Va., last weekend, when Rubio expressed annoyance at how Trump was always calling him “little Marco”.
He has done it about with every candidate in this race. He also said his actions were prompted in part by imagining what he would tell his grandchildren if they asked what actions he took to stop Trump. Although, technically he did have more votes than Trump in Minnesota.
Mr. Rubio said he would, because he viewed the Democrats as a greater threat.
“For this previous year, Donald Trump has basically mocked everybody with personal attacks”, Rubio said, adding, “So if there is anyone who has ever deserved to be attacked that way, it has been Donald Trump“.
Rubio’s comments apparently originated from the Spy magazine in the 1980 when Trump was referred to as a short- fingered vulgarian.
Going into the rest of this busy month’s primaries and caucuses, Trump has 319 delegates, Cruz has 226, Rubio has 110 and Kasich has 25. “You know what they say about men with small hands?”
Rubio and Cruz then raised particular concerns about Trump University, the defunct seminar program that’s now the subject of a lawsuit. Romney said that as a voter he would choose whichever candidate in his state had the best chance of defeating Trump. “I want that to end, and I’m going to continue to work for that to end”.
That split widened when Romney, the party nominee in 2012, urged Republican primary voters to vote tactically in different states to back Trump’s opponents and block his path to the nomination. “The answer is, yes I will”, he said. It takes 2,383 Democratic delegates to win. They still face major battles in crucial elections in Michigan, Ohio and Florida over the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Kasich is banking on a strong showing in MI and his home state of OH on March 15th to boost him.
The caucus was created so Kentucky’s Rand Paul could run for president and re-election to the Senate without violating a state law banning candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in one day.