During a lengthy interview on Fox News Friday, Mitt Romney insisted there’s a “zero percent chance” the Republican party would turn to him as a presidential candidate. Later, he upped the odds to one in ten million. But he never said he’d turn down the chance if he had it. Meanwhile, host Neil Cavuto sounded like he wanted Romney to run.
During most of the interview, Romney talked about all the reasons he has spoken out against Trump: “I’ve watched Donald Trump be more and more outrageous, say terrible things about George Bush, about John McCain, positive things about Vladimir Putin, then mocking a reporter, a disabled reporter,” he said.
“What am I going to do when my grandkids say, ‘What did you do to stop Donald Trump?’ and I say, ‘Well I didn’t do anything.’” Romney argued.
Cavuto did challenge him, saying that people could ask, “Who are you to stop Donald Trump if he’s winning all these votes?” He also noted that Romney sought Trump’s endorsement four years ago.
Romney said he wanted “the support of everybody in the country,” but that didn’t mean he wanted to endorse them for president. “Frankly, had I heard then what he’s been saying during this campaign, I wouldn’t have appeared with him,” Romney added. Of course, Trump came out with his bogus birther campaign in 2011, before Romney ran in 2012. Not surprisingly, Cavuto didn’t mention it.
“I certainly would not endorse him for president,” Romney insisted. “I cannot in good conscience vote for a person who has been as degrading and disruptive and unhinged as I’ve seen in Donald Trump.” He said he’d either vote for a third party or write in a name. But, “I’d rather see someone besides Donald Trump become the nominee outright on the first ballot.”
In the last part of the interview, Cavuto said, “Mitt Romney wants to be the guy in the white hat who everyone comes to, the savior of the party in a brokered convention.”
“Our nominee is gonna be one of the people running for president,” Romney replied.
Cavuto pressed: “But if none of them really gets the votes, what if they come to you?”
“They’re not going to come to me,” Romney responded.
“What if they did?” Cavuto pressed again.
“That’s a zero percent chance,” Romney answered.
Cavuto did not let up. “If they did? If they did? …Are you saying never, ever, ever?”
“The nominee of our party will be somebody who’s running for president,” Romney said.
“Hasn’t always been that way,” Cavuto continued. “What if they’re not and they say, ‘Mitt Romney we need you to bridge the gap?’”
Romney called that “a one in a ten million scenario.”
“You’re not ruling that scenario (out),” Cavuto observed.
Watch it below, from the March 4 Cavuto: Coast to Coast, which was also re-aired on Your World.
Republicans might be staring down the wrong end of a double barrelled shotgun this year. Either they learn to live with Trump or they contest the convention, which will wind up pissing off everyone.
’Cept fer us. Hee. Hee.
He’s building on stable mate’s Matt Lauer’s “Today” Mittens interview to flambé Romney magic undies and all. He reworded the overused ‘will Mittens run’ question doing the talk show rounds to ‘will Mittens refuse if asked’. Poor Mittens. He wasn’t prepared so the memorized talking points remain the same.
More tears for Mittens. He bought a prom dress but nobody’s asking him out.
As much of a disaster as Der Furor would be for America imagine Tea Party extremist Teddy Cruz. The only thing he disagrees with The Donald over is Trump’s not nearly rigidly right-wing enough and he’d dare to talk to the evil Democrats to work out compromises. Witness Mittens reluctantly steering Republican sheep Tea Party Teddy’s way.
This is the same Republican Party which feigns outrage Obama won’t work with them. Proof he’s evil. Teddy’s determination not to work with Democrats is proof he’s their savior.
This is a replay of the “Today” Matt Lauer interview of Mittens. Proof he’s still got skills and can memorize talking points to make them look spontaneous. Or maybe not.
Republicans are stuck with the Donald Trump horror show. When Mittens is sitting at home by his telephone in his magical underwear he may have his fingers and toes crosses in the hope it may ring but whether or not he’d take the call I can’t imagine his buddies headed to the Quick Loans Arena in July making the call. Shed a tear.