Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for President in 2012, will vote for Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in Utah’s primary election next week.
Outlining the decision Friday in a Facebook post, Romney cited his desire to vote for the best possible candidate to beat current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, writing:
“This week, in the Utah nominating caucus, I will vote for Senator Ted Cruz.
Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism. Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these.
The only path that remains to nominate a Republican rather than Mr. Trump is to have an open convention. At this stage, the only way we can reach an open convention is for Senator Cruz to be successful in as many of the remaining nominating elections as possible.
I like Governor John Kasich. I have campaigned with him. He has a solid record as governor. I would have voted for him in Ohio. But a vote for Governor Kasich in future contests makes it extremely likely that Trumpism would prevail.
I will vote for Senator Cruz and I encourage others to do so as well, so that we can have an open convention and nominate a Republican.”
Romney previously campaigned alongside Ohio Governor John Kasich in the Buckeye state, which gave Kasich his first and only primary victory.
In addition, Romney produced robocalls for Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), prior to his campaign’s suspension on Tuesday.
But at the core of Romney’s decision to vote for Cruz is his disdain for Trump, who he pleaded with fellow Republicans to reject in a lengthy speech earlier this month.
While Romney’s speech against Trump did not trigger a revolt against him in the way he had hoped, he apparently hopes a last minute push for Cruz will deter Trump in Utah.