Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a powerful condemnation of GOP front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday. “He should have beaten President Obama”, Trump said, noting that Romney wants to still be relevant.
And U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative presidential hopeful, ruled out a deal to pick a compromise Republican candidate at a “brokered convention” in July to deny brash businessman Trump the nomination. Rubio also got his first win of the season, coming in first in Minnesota’s caucuses.
It was also the first Republican debate without retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who said he would no longer participate in the events, signaling a possible suspension of his campaign.
Trump’s decision to skip an appearance Saturday at a conference sponsored by the American Conservative Union in the Washington area to get in one last Kansas rally rankled members of the group, who tweeted that it “sends a clear message to conservatives”. “With the Republicans, it looks like Trump”.
But he has shown no sign of wanting to carry the party banner at November’s election.
Saturday caucuses will be held in Kansas, Kentucky, Maine and Nebraska along with a primary in Louisiana. He has now won six states (as opposed to Marco Rubio’s one), and he appears to have benefited both from other candidates dropping out of the race and from some fine debate performances. Trump now enjoys a comfortable lead in the race, but a strong showing from Ted Cruz on Super Tuesday, when he won his home state of Texas and two others, and with winner-take-all home-state contests for Florida Sen.
“In my view a brokered convention ain’t going to happen”.
“Donald Trump has been perhaps the most vulgar – no I don’t think perhaps – the most vulgar person to ever aspire to the presidency in terms of how he’s carried out his candidacy”, the Florida senator told host Alisyn Camerota. Clinton headed into these states with 1,066 delegates, the Associated Press reported, almost half of the 2,383 needed to wrap up the Democratic nomination. Sen.
Romney announced previous year he wouldn’t seek the presidency in 2016 after having meeting with Jeb Bush.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said, “I kind of think before it’s all said and done I’ll be the nominee”.
Some Republicans have told party leaders their dump-Trump push could backfire and alienate voters.
“Obviously, he wants to be relevant”, Trump said dismissively.
“This man is a world-class con artist, and he is conning people into thinking he fights for the little guy”, Rubio said in an interview with United States media just after Super Tuesday.