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March 18, 2016

Mitt Romney: I'm Voting for Ted Cruz In Utah

Maybe too late.

The idea of campaigning for Kasich in Ohio was, as usual, short-sited stupidity from a political class that's no good at politics.

I argued, rightly, that it was better to cede the 66 votes to Trump than to have Kasich continuing his Vanity Run for Trump's VP.

And that a Kasich victory would increase Trump's chances down the line, not diminish them.

But at any rate, here's Romney:

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


Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism. 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.

His idea that he'll support Cruz in Red States and Kasich in Blue States stupid and will result in Trump winning the nomination.

It's like most of Romney's political instincts -- too unclever by half.


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