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(CNN)Mitt Romney, who came out this week swinging at GOP front-runner Donald Trump, admitted Friday that Trump is the “likely” nominee – but also hinted strongly that a contested convention is “a realistic scenario” that Republicans need to consider. During Thursday’s debate, Trump remained defiant, saying “if I say do it, they are going to do it”. “If there is anyone that has deserved to be attacked that way, it’s Donald Trump for the way he has treated people in the campaign”. “I could have said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees.’ He would have dropped to his knees”.
Trump’s response: “He hit my hands”, he said, referring to Rubio’s comments about Trump having small hands and how that could relate to the size of other body parts.
“The people who think you’re a hero” for criticizing Trump are asking a question, Lauer began, which is “why did you wait so long?” He said he’ll wait until March 15, when five states hold primaries, and then may endorse one of those three. Marco Rubio: “This little guy has lied so much about my record”. Romney said if you want to be the nominee you have to prosecute the opposition.
And, just for good measure, what about you Gov. John Kasich?
The Rubio campaign attempted to raise money from their candidate’s joke during the 11th GOP debate Thursday night.
Rubio as well as Cruz pressed Trump on his conservative credentials, sharply criticizing him for not producing enough goods in the U.S. and employing foreigners instead of Americans at his Palm Beach resort.
Trump replied that it was nice to be with her and that “you’re looking well”.
Billionaire businessman Trump has so far led the field. While the nomination is within his grasp, rivals led by Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio and others continue to fight to the end.
Kasich is hoping to become Republicans’ choice for president, but admitted Thursday he likely can’t pick up enough delegates to win the nomination outright.