Romney Urges Utah to Vote Cruz

In a statement released on Facebook, Mitt Romney said he will be voting for Ted Cruz in Utah and urged others to do so as well to stop “Trumpism”: [facebook url=”″] H/T: The Weekly Standard. Paul Dupont is the managing editor for

Romney Campaigns for Kasich

Not that he has endorsed John Kasich officially, but Mitt Romney showed up in Ohio and did everything but: The 2012 Republican nominee for president, campaigning for the first time since his blistering anti-endorsement of Donald Trump, arrived at an airplane museum in Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign bus. As Kasich mugged, Romney grinned and waved and the bus rolled up to the backdrop — fighter jet, helicopter, “Patton”-size American flag — where the two would hold a town-hall meeting. “You’re the ones who are going to decide if he becomes the next president of the United States,” Romney said. “You

Will an Obscure GOP Rule Ensure No One Can Beat Trump?

An article in RedState by RNC committeeman Morton Blackwell has garnered some attention recently in highlighting a little-known rule instituted in 2012 regarding the Republican nomination process. Rule 40(b) of The Rules of the Republican Party, while originally enacted to tamper down on dissent from Mitt Romney’s nomination in 2012, may actually end up making it difficult for any Republican candidates to defeat Donald Trump, even if he does not win an outright majority of delegates prior to the party’s national convention. First, some background from Blackwell: … A greater number of people have recently learned that, as the national

How Romney Just Helped Trump

I am not happy with the prospect of Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. But if you are hoping for someone else to be the nominee, I think what happened Thursday morning hurts rather than helps. Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered a major speech yesterday morning at the University of Utah attacking Donald Trump. Parts of Romney’s speech were conveniently leaked to major news organizations in advance. Romney called the 2016 front-runner “a phony” and “a fraud.” He said Trump’s “promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University,” adding that he is

New Poll: With Carson Fading, Can Any GOP Candidates Close the “Empathy Gap”?

According to 2012 exit polling on the presidential race, one of the most lopsided measures between GOP nominee Mitt Romney and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama was perceived empathy, or voters’ opinions about whether each candidate “cares about people like me.” For voters for whom this measure was the most important, Obama trounced Romney, 81-18, proving the existence of an “empathy gap” between the two candidates about which many pundits had speculated prior to the election. The good news for Republicans? A new Quinnipiac national poll shows Hillary Clinton struggling in the empathy department. When respondents were asked whether or not

Mitt Romney: Savior of the GOP Elite?

Amidst the near insanity of covering the campaigns of 16 serious GOP presidential candidates (sorry, Jim Gilmore), it’s easy to forget to be grateful for how deep the Republican field is this cycle.  While Democrats scramble for an alternative to the sinking Hillary Clinton, the GOP race offers a bevy of options for those still searching for a candidate to get behind. However, despite this enormity of options, the National Review reports that some Republican donors are still dissatisfied—so much so that they are turning in an unlikely direction for help: Though this election cycle was supposed to feature the

Trump in 2012: Romney’s Immigration Plan “Maniacal”

It might be hard to believe given the furor over Donald Trump’s recent anti-immigration comments, but in the aftermath of the 2012 defeat for Republicans, Trump had some harsh words for former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney about his outreach to the Latino community: Real estate mogul Donald Trump recently reflected on former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s loss, telling Newsmax that the candidate failed to resonate among certain demographics in part because of his “maniacal” immigration policy. “He had a crazy policy of self-deportation, which was maniacal,” Trump said. “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the

Have Republicans Learned from Romney’s Mistakes?

In many ways, the presidential elections of 2012 seem like ancient history.  Since that November two and a half years ago, we have already been through a contentious midterm election which saw Republicans make widespread congressional gains and are well on our way into the 2016 campaign cycle with a new group of fresh-faced conservative candidates vying for the White House. However, Republicans would be foolish to disregard the outcome of 2012 or the reasons the GOP lost that year.  Unfortunately, if his Sunday interview was any indication, it would seem Mitt Romney already has.  Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the