Gov. Mitt Romney spoke at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Center Thursday morning to address state of the 2016 presidential race.
At the beginning of his speech, Romney re-affirmed that he wouldn’t announce his candidacy for office nor endorse one of the Republican candidates. Then Romney immediately moved into talking about the current nominees and the Republican’s obligation to choose the right nominee.
“I’m convinced America has greatness ahead and this is a time for choosing. God bless us to choose that nominee and make that vision a reality,” Romney said.
Romney broke down the problems America has today: poverty, massacres around the world, nuclear tests in North Korea, China’s growth and Putin’s aggression. Then he began his attacks on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished,” Romney said.
Romney broke down Trump’s plans, describing how they would hurt America. He also said Trump is not a “huge business success,” noting his bankruptcies.
[pullquote]”Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud and his promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.” —Gov. Mitt Romney[/pullquote]
“Frankly, the only serious policy proposals that deal with a broad range of national challenges we confront today come from Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich. One of these men should be our nominee,” Romney said.
Romney, who showed great concern for foreign policy during his run for the White House, warned about Trump’s incapability to handle foreign affairs.
“Mr. Trump’s bombast is already alarming our allies and fueling the enmity of our enemies,” Romney said. … “I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy, (Trump) is very, very not smart.”
Romney continued to attack Trump’s character: noting the times he mocked a disabled reporter, bragged about his affairs and more. Then Romney listed Trump’s personality traits: bully, greedy, show-off, misogyny and childish theatrics.
“Dishonesty is Donal Trump’s hallmark,” Romney said.
Late he added, “He’s not of the temperament of the stable, thoughtful person we need as a leader. His imagination must not be married to real power.”
With this speech, Romney said Trump’s character could be tested with how he responds to Romney’s attacks.
“Watch, by the way, how he responds to my speech today,” Romney recommended. “Will he talk about our policy differences? Or will he attack me with every imaginable low-road insult? This may tell you what you need to know about his temperament, his stability and his suitability to be president.”
Romney also took the opportunity to warn against the Clintons and their careers in the political system.
“A person as untrustworthy and dishonest as Hillary Clinton must not become president,” Romney warned.
Following Romney speech, former Republican presidential nominee John McCain showed his support for Romney’s speech with a tweet:
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 3, 2016