Failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues to conduct his shadow campaign for the GOP nomination and to stomp on the Trump revolution. Since Mr. Romney declined to try to win the contest fair and square by participating in the process – like seventeen other people did – the only way that this will happen is at a brokered convention. Romney has been clear in his intent to piss on the will of voters, giving a big anti-Trump speech last week and imploring primary voters to do everything to deny Mr. Trump the 1,237 delegates needed to win outright. Mitt’s mischief is continuing with news that he has lent his whiny voice to a series of Robocalls being made in battleground states.
CNN reports that “Romney cuts get-out-the-vote robocalls for Rubio and Kasich”:
Mitt Romney recorded robocalls for both Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaigns in states that are voting on Tuesday, CNN has confirmed.
It’s part of an escalating effort by Romney to block Donald Trump from securing the Republican presidential nomination.
The calls recorded on behalf of Rubio, which were first reported by The New York Times on Monday night, are going out in all four states voting Tuesday. On Tuesday, Kasich’s campaign spokesman Chris Schrimpf told CNN the former Massachusetts governor also recorded calls in Michigan on behalf of the Ohio governor.
Romney’s message may prove more effective in the crop of states voting Tuesday — most notably Michigan and Idaho — than it might be to the broader GOP electorate.
Romney’s dad, George Romney, was the former Michigan governor, and many voters in the Mitten State still hold on to some affection for the Romney family.
Meanwhile, Idaho has a sizable Mormon population, which helped Romney — who is Mormon — trounce rival Rick Santorum there in 2012.
The robocalls follow Romney’s withering denunciation of Trump in a speech at the Hinckley Institute Thursday, where he called Trump a “phony” and a “fraud,” and vowed to work to prevent Trump from becoming the Republican standard bearer.
The calls do not represent an outright endorsement for either candidate, and a spokesperson for Romney said the 2012 GOP nominee would be willing to help Sen. Ted Cruz as well.
“Gov. Romney has offered and is glad to help Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Gov. John Kasich in any way he can,” the spokesperson told CNN. “He’s been clear that he believes that Donald Trump is not the best person to represent the Republican Party and will do what he can to support a strong nominee who holds conservative values to win back the White House.”
The spokesperson also confirmed the substance of the message, in which Romney tells voters to back “a candidate who can defeat Hillary Clinton and who can make us proud.”
Note that the CNN piece states that the “calls do not represent an outright endorsement for either candidate” which is exactly the point – the purpose is to throw the whole mess into Quicken Loans Arena from where Romney himself will emerge as the party’s official standard bearer.Ted Cruz supporters had best beware too because he will also be voted off the island come July.