It’s a rare occasion that a former presidential candidate and figurehead for a political party makes a speech solely targeting that party’s frontrunner for the presidential election. Well, drastic times call for drastic measures, and Trump’s presidential candidacy is nothing short of the most drastic time our country has encountered in years.
Mitt Romney delivered an unprecedented press conference yesterday afternoon to lambast Donald Trump, the current Republican front-runner. "His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader," Romney explained. He condemned Trump for being "a phony" that has been "playing the American public for suckers.” Trump, in traditional fashion, responded by calling Romney a loser and a failed candidate – insults that fell flat against the reputable and respected voice of one of the Republican Party’s figureheads and leaders.
While Romney’s speech was certainly noteworthy, the events that ensued have been even more interesting. Speaking this morning with Matt Lauer, Romney was pushed hard on the prospect of him tossing his hat into the presidential race. “Have you left the door open just wide enough for you to ride in on a white horse? Do you want to be considered as an alternative to save the party if it gets down to a contested convention in July?” Lauer pressed Romney on the matter, and the answers he provided were deliberately ambiguous.
“The people who can save this party are Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or John Kasich,” he said. But Lauer persisted. “I’m going to be a little stubborn on this… under any circumstances, would you be a part of this Presidential election as a candidate?”
“There are no circumstances I can foresee where that would possibly happen,” said Romney, providing yet another answer that could be left up to interpretation. While Romney did ultimately tell Lauer that he would not be running for president, the fact that he beat around the heart of the matter seems to indicate that he may be planning a run and not want to stir up anything within the Party before July.
Romney’s decision to call out Trump for a failure to release his tax returns in recent weeks and his frequent Twitter rants against Trump also suggest that Romney may be trying to take down Trump and augment his own presidential viability at the same time.
Could Romney be planning a 2016 presidential run?