Before the 1964 Presidential election, Governor George Romney was part of an effort to stop Senator Barry Goldwater from winning the Republican Party’s nomination.
Today, his son Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 nominee for the presidency, has emerged as a leading establishment critic of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee. On Wednesday, he reiterated that he will not vote Trump due to defects in Trump’s character and a belief that Trump is destroying the GOP’s future with women, Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, and millenials. Neither will Romney vote for Hillary Clinton.
“It’s a matter of personal conscience,” he said. “I can’t vote for either of those two people.” He suggested that he would write in his wife’s name––she would be “an ideal president,” he said––or he would cast his ballot for a third-party candidate.
And he reaffirmed that he will not be that candidate.
Though urged by his family to enter the race, he feels he could not win as a third party candidate and couldn’t fundraise in good conscience to play spoiler. He will focus in the 2016 cycle on campaigning for Save Our Senate and Team Ryan, efforts to help the Republicans win as many Congressional races as possible. “It’s the middle class and the poor,” he said, “that need conservative principles to get rising, real wages.”