Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, said at a dinner in Washington on Thursday night that he had no intention of supporting presumtive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying he was "dismayed" by what he saw as a drift toward "demagoguery" and populism" in both parties.
Romney also praised the leadership of House Speaker Paul Ryan, his 2012 running mate, who earlier on Thursday declared that he wasnot ready to support Trump. Romney said he'd love to see Ryan run for president, but that he's needed in the House at this time.
Though Romney at times sounded like an independent candidate, doling out criticism of both parties and decrying a leadership vacuum of people with the right mix of experience and character, he dismissed the idea that he'd run.
Romney was in attendence at an awards gala for American Friends of The Hebrew University, which supports the university located in Israel's capital city, Jerusalem. The former Massachusetts governor fielded questions from official from the organization.
Asked about a possible independent run, he said, "No, I'm certainly going to be hoping that we find someone who I have my confidence in who becomes nominee. I don't intend on supporting either of the major party candidates at this point."
Earlier in his remarks, Romney cited a commencement speech former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made last week in which he blasted demagogues.
"He basically said, look, on the left you have this demagoguery saying all these problems in the country is because of the bankers, and people of wealth, successful people," Romney recounted. "And on the right, demagogues saying, 'Well, no, these problems mostly involve these Muslims coming in and the Mexicans and so we're scapegoating, which is a characteristic of a demagogue's approach. And clearly that's not going to solve the problems that the country faces."
First of all the progressive liberal democrats are responsible for the current affairs in America! Of course they had help from the so called conservative republicans! Who, rather than doing the right thing for the country, they did what was best for them! For a while, I have been saying; The republicans would rather clinton in the W.H. than, Cruz or Trump! Why? because, nothing will change, they're little country club will just keep going on! Most of congress is corrupt, along with most of the federal government!
Isn't populism exactly what Hillary and Sanders are peddling, too? Trump's populism is better because he is showing Americans he means business and the others only do it every 4 years to get elected.
Romney get a life, your not a Republican.
You have five sons who never served our country while we were at war but you wanted to lead our son's while keeping yours safe at home.
I am a Tea Party Republican and will support Trump.
Just another Loser and RHINO that totaslly ignores the voice of the people. If you don't go the establishments way then they are going to take their toys and go home. My sentiments Bye Bye don't let thee door hit you in the a**
i can not believe that so many top republicans would rather see Hillary or even Sanders get elected rather than Trump. Most of it is pure Ego BS. They don't want their social club rocked. What a total bunch of losers. it is by the people, for the people , and of the people not of, for , and by the pseudo Royalty.
Romney is totally irrelevant. He had his chance and let a coon beat him. He needs to keep his damn mouth shut..
Yes, I would say that Mitt Romney is an expert on the topic of, "Not having enough people supporting Him."
Ryan could not carry his own state as his running mate VP.
Who cares ?? by the way , did Romney lose the Election to Obama on purpose? was that the arrangement of the NWO ? and the Illuminati ....the Bilderbergs? .....I see Romney is high on the list of members to rule the world .....Let's get rid of the UN, and how about Nato ........ Has anyone tried to talk to Mary Mati lin ... she would make a great member o f Trump's group in Washington ....very honest - a true American ...and very smart .
That may very well be
OH...color me surprised
DID NOT WANT ROMNEY. DID NOT WANT DOLE. DID NOT WANT MCCAIN. BUT THE ALTERNATIVE WAS WORSE. LOOK IN THE MIRROW GUYS... YOU ARE THE CAUSE. YOU THUMBED YOUR NOSE AT WHY YOU GOT ELECTED. THEN TOLD US THAT WE WERE TOOOOO DUMB TO UNDERSTAND. NOW BOEHNER IS MAKING A CAREER IN RETIRMENT OF BASHING CONSERVATIVES. WHILE HE IS LIVING IN RETIREMENT ON THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOR.