On immigration, Cruz said he does not want to deport people.
In his blistering speech, delivered just hours before a Republican debate in Detroit, Romney – a MI native whose father was governor of the state – said that Trump’s domestic plans would plunge the nation into recession and his foreign policy would alienate allies and undermine the fight against terrorism.
Mr Cruz, from Texas, said Mr Trump was part of the problem, not the solution, as he had used government power for private gain.
“We are not going to turn over the conservative movement of the party of Lincoln and Regan to someone who thinks the Nuclear Triad is a rock band from the 1980s”, Rubio. For all of the criticism and ill will, Cruz, Rubio and Kasich all said they would support Trump if he is the Republican nominee. Instead, he believes one of Trump’s rivals has the ability to unite Republicans.
The New York businessman was forced to explain a civil lawsuit involving the collapse of Trump University. “He’s trying to do to the American voters what he did to the people that signed up for this course”, Rubio declared. And despite his assertion at the debate, this is also demonstrably not the first time somebody has “hit” Trump’s hands, and those appendages have proven to be a very sensitive topic for him.
In a speech he wrote himself, Mr Romney said Mr Trump’s economic policy would sink America “into prolonged recession” and slammed his business acumen and temperament.
Marco Rubio and Donald Trump were at each other’s throats on March 3 during the Republican debate and within minutes of the debate kicking off, the subject quickly turned to the the real debate … the size of Donald’s … ahem, penis!
The debate venue at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
“(Rubio) may be heartened by results in Minnesota, where he won, and in Virginia, where he closed the polling gap to come in a close second place”, Mahaffee added, referring to Super Tuesday.
Romney is charging into the increasingly divisive White House race with a verbal lashing of Donald Trump and a plea for fellow Republicans to shun the front-runner for the good of country and party.
He criticised the billionaire’s policies on tax and his promises to launch a trade war, citing Mr Trump’s track record with bankruptcies. Cruz asked viewers, arguing that Trump’s legal problems with his closed university and his financial contributions to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign would spell huge trouble. He insisted that Romney considered another presidential run this year, but backed out when Trump threw his hat in the ring. McCain, joined in, raising “many concerns about Mr. Trump’s uninformed and indeed risky statements on national security issues”.
Mr Rubio has indicated that the Republican establishment was unlikely to back the former reality TV star.
ROMNEY: But if that doesn’t happen, I’d like to see an open convention where there’s more give and take between the candidates and someone else besides Donald Trump becomes the nominee.
Trump leads polls in most states, including the giant delegate prizes of OH and Florida, where Republicans will vote on March 15. Marco Rubio in his native Florida, for instance, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Buckeye State.
It remained to be seen whether the debate would prove to be damaging to the Trump campaign.
“[Romney] is a choke artist and I said it very strongly”, Trump said.