Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, spoke at a dinner in Washington on Thursday night and said that he had no intention of supporting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and hinted that he ‘hopes someone he has confidence in becomes the nominee.’
“I don’t intend on support either of the major party candidates at this point,” Romney reportedly stated at the American Friends of The Hebrew University dinner on Thursday, Breitbart reported. “I wish we had better choices, and I keep hoping that somehow things will get better, and I just don’t see an easy answer from where we are now.”
According to the Washington Examiner, Romney said he doesn’t have interest in a third party run as an alternative for voters deciding between Clinton and Trump.
“No, I’m certainly going to be hoping that we find someone who I have confidence in who becomes the nominee,” Romney insisted. “I see way too much demagoguery and populism on both sides of the aisle and I only hope and aspire we’ll see more greatness.”
Romney also praised the leadership of House Speaker Paul Ryan, his 2012 running mate, who earlier on Thursday declared that he was not 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.
CNN reported on Friday that Mitt Romney met privately with leading conservative columnist William Kristol this week to discuss how best to get an independent candidate into the presidential race.
The meeting on Thursday comes as anti-Donald Trump conservatives cling to hope that a viable third-party candidate could offer an alternative to the billionaire businessman and the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, told CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel that he’s working to get a strong independent candidate and wanted Romney’s thoughts on who it might be, how it could be done and whether Romney would help — to which Romney agreed.