Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is backing out of the national convention to take place in Cleveland in July.
Romney has been critical of the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.
Rising to the national political landscape in 2002 by defeating an undesirable incumbent governor in a heated primary battle, Romney is no stranger to opposing those within his party when necessary. He has been highly critical of Trump, taking to the stage of the Hinckley Institute in Salt Lake City Utah on March 3 to call Trump a “con man” and a “fake.”
Romney wasn’t alone in his vowed protest of the convention. Also announcing their intention to stay home were former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush.
The only former GOP nominee for president in attendance will be 1996 candidate and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.
.@GuardianUS can confirm that Bob Dole will attend the convention in Cleveland and only be the only former GOP nominee there
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 5, 2016
Trump has promised to unite the Republican Party as well as announce his running mate at the convention.
“Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin, while has called George W. Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil trumping good,” Romney said in his March 3 speech. “There is dark irony in his boasts of his sexual exploits during the Vietnam War while John McCain, whom he has mocked, was imprisoned and tortured.”
Unfortunately for the former Massachusetts governor, his speech only solidified in many voters’ minds their impression of Donald Trump as an outsider who was hated by the Washington establishment, making him even more popular.
The Republican National Convention will be held from July 18-21 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
H/T The Hill
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