Romney Offers Proposal Meant to Prevent Trump from Winning the Republican Presidential Nomination

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Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah has laid out a plan that he thinks could help prevent former President Donald Trump from securing the GOP presidential nomination.

In an opinion piece, Romney suggested that the large field of Republican primary contenders should be expeditiously whittled down to just a “two-person race before Mr. Trump has the nomination sewn up.” He said that GOP donors should start pressuring candidates to drop out of the primary once it does not appear that they have a good shot of winning.

“Republican megadonors and influencers—large and small—are going to have to do something they didn’t do in 2016: get candidates they support to agree to withdraw if and when their paths to the nomination are effectively closed. That decision day should be no later than, say, Feb. 26, the Monday following the contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina,” Romney wrote.

“Left to their own inclinations, expect several of the contenders to stay in the race for a long time. They will split the non-Trump vote, giving him the prize. A plurality is all that is needed for winner-take-all primaries,” Romney noted. “Our party and our country need a nominee with character, driven by something greater than revenge and ego, preferably from the next generation. Family, friends and campaign donors are the only people who can get a lost-cause candidate to exit the race. After Feb. 26, they should start doing just that.”

“Donors may think that party leaders can narrow the field,” Romney wrote. “Not so. Candidates don’t listen to party officials, because voters don’t listen to them either”.

“Our party and our country need a nominee with character, driven by something greater than revenge and ego, preferably from the next generation,” he stressed in the op-ed.

In his op-ed, Romney proposed that Feb. 26 be the deadline for candidates with no shot at the nomination to drop out. Feb 26th is a few days after the South Carolina primary and after Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada have already voted.

It is important to note that the field does usally dwindle down signifcantly before Super Tuesday, but in 2016 there was still four main anti-Trump candidates in the race: Cruz, Rubio, Kasich and Carson.

After Romney lost the Presidential election of 2012, he ran for Senate in Utah in 2018 and won. Trump quickly turned on Romney and accused him of being “a fool who is playing right into the hands of the Do Nothing Democrats!” Romney then went on to vote to convict President Trump following the January 6th Capitol riot.


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