Romney Urges GOP To Unite Behind Ted Cruz Rather Than John Kasich

AP

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is ready to support Ted Cruz and is urging his party to follow in his foot steps.

In a post on his Facebook page Friday, Romney told voters that he would cast a ballot for Cruz in the upcoming caucuses and that a vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich was only promoting Donald Trump.

“At this stage, the only way we can reach an open convention is for Senator Cruz to be successful in as many of the remaining nominating elections as possible,” Romney said. “I like Governor John Kasich. I have campaigned with him. He has a solid record as governor. I would have voted for him in Ohio. But a vote for Governor Kasich in future contests makes it extremely likely that Trumpism would prevail.”

Romney has been trying to stop Trump for weeks now, telling voters before contests in Florida and Ohio that they should rally around Rubio in Florida and Kasich in Ohio in an effort to deny Trump delegates in the winner-take-all states.

Read Romney’s full statement below:

This week, in the Utah nominating caucus, I will vote for Senator Ted Cruz.

Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism,” Romney said. Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these.

The only path that remains to nominate a Republican rather than Mr. Trump is to have an open convention. At this stage, the only way we can reach an open convention is for Senator Cruz to be successful in as many of the remaining nominating elections as possible.

I like Governor John Kasich. I have campaigned with him. He has a solid record as governor. I would have voted for him in Ohio. But a vote for Governor Kasich in future contests makes it extremely likely that Trumpism would prevail.

I will vote for Senator Cruz and I encourage others to do so as well, so that we can have an open convention and nominate a Republican.

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