Hmmm, What Does Mitt Romney Have in Mind?

He announces surprise speech about the election on Thursday
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2016 1:40 PM CST
Hmmm, What Does Mitt Romney Have in Mind?
Mitt Romney will speak about the election Thursday morning.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

One day after Donald Trump cemented his hold on the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney has gotten the rumor mills churning with the announcement that he'll give a speech Thursday morning in Utah about the state of the election. At NBC News, Andrew Rafferty cuts right to the chase with a tweet: "Close (Romney) aide says he won't endorse or get in, but tomorrow's speech 'will be worth covering.'" ABC's Rick Klein had a similar tweet: "Romney is not getting in this race, sources telling us." One safer bet is that Romney will go after Trump, as he has been doing aggressively of late—warning of a "bombshell" in his taxes and calling Trump's response to white supremacist David Duke's praise "disqualifying."

The Washington Post suggests Romney's speech will echo one he gave last month in which he said the national electorate was fed up with "the failure of current political leaders to actually tackle major challenges, or to try at least." And given the election year, there's speculation that Romney is remaining visible in case something crazy happens at the GOP convention, as per this line in coverage at CNN: "In Washington, Utah's Sen. Orrin Hatch told CNN, 'If the convention is locked up, there's a possibility' Romney would run for president." At Hot Air, blogger Allahpundit has a similar sentiment: "This does, however, look an awful lot like Romney putting himself back on the radar of #NeverTrump conservative voters at the very moment that they’re starting to look around for an 'in case of emergency, break glass' candidate." (More Mitt Romney stories.)

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