On Oct. 18, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that he doesn’t think Donald Trump will end up being his party’s presidential nominee.
After speaking for some time on Oct. 18 about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s track record as secretary of state, CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper asked Romney how the two current front-runners would come out in a hypothetical matchup.
“Are you afraid that Donald Trump will not be able to beat Hillary Clinton?” Tapper asked.
“Well, I don't think it's likely that Donald Trump will be the nominee, but it's obviously too early to tell,” the former Massachusetts governor responded. “At this stage numbers go up and down, candidates have bursts of support.
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“Donald Trump has had a lot of support for a long time, and so I think a lot of folks think, well, this could go a lot further than, than people had expected."
Romney added that he "can't predict who it's going to be."
“But I can predict that we will have a nominee that will be stronger nominee, both on the basis of character and on the basis of track record than Hillary Clinton," he said.
Following that statement Tapper asked if Romney meant he would vote for Trump over Clinton.
“I would vote for the nominee of the Republican Party, and I don’t believe that’s going to be Donald Trump,” Romney responded.
Trump, according to Business Insider, took almost immediately to Twitter to attack Romney’s statements and his Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential race.
“Does everyone remember @MittRomney and his famous remarks about ‘self-deportation’ and ’47%’,” Trump tweeted. “He was done. I don't need his angry advice!”
[email protected] can only speak negatively about my presidential chances because I have been openly hard on his terrible ‘choke’ loss to Obama!” Trump wrote in another tweet.
The billionaire real estate mogul, who at one point was considering a presidential run in 2012, eventually stayed out of the race and endorsed Romney, according to Business Insider.
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