by Sharon Rondeau

Will Mitt Romney’s reported strategy to derail the candidacy of Donald Trump be effective?

(Mar. 2, 2016) — Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will give an address on Thursday prior to the 11th Republican debate, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET.

In recent days, Romney has tweeted statements accusing Trump of withholding his tax returns and thereby “hiding” something; urging him to authorize the release of an off-the-record recording allegedly held by The New York Times, although not reported by the newspaper; and denigrating him by reportedly failing to denounce David Duke, who leads a white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan.

In the past, Trump has denounced Duke, and Democrat U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd openly served as a Klansman.  Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton called Byrd her “friend and mentor” at his funeral.  “It is almost impossible to imagine the United States Senate without Robert Byrd. He was not just its longest serving member, he was its heart and soul. From my first day in the Senate, I sought out his guidance, and he was always generous with his time and his wisdom,” she said.

Republican primary contenders Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz quickly echoed Romney’s demands.

In 2012, Trump had campaigned for Romney but has since decried him for having lost the election to Obama.

Bloomberg additionally noted that two political action committees have launched advertisements in Michigan, Florida and Illinois, which will hold their primaries later this month.

Some Republican advisers and strategists have pledged not to vote for Trump should he receive the nomination.  Others appear to believe that the unifying behind Trump or whoever the presumptive nominee is would place the Republican Party in a better position to win against the Democrat nominee.

On Wednesday afternoon, longtime U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto that Trump has managed to “shatter the two-party system.”

Trump has been endorsed by Sen. Jeff Sessions, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Gov. Chris Christie, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Thursday’s debate will be moderated by Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace, and Bret Baier.  Trump has previously clashed with Kelly and accused Fox News of reporting about him unfairly.

Some have referred to the division within the Republican Party as a type of “revolution” stemming from anger at political elites from both parties, political pundits, the media and government in general.


This post was updated at 4:59 p.m.

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  1. Romney is old news, yesterday’s news, he’s a loser. There are many reasons that he is the loser. You didn’t see voters coming out in droves to vote for him, over 6 million voters stayed home to avoid voting for him. I don’t have any desire to hear anything that he has to say about anything.

    I wasn’t impressed with the way he governed Little Brazil, better known as Massachusetts or RomneyCAre, etc.

    I don’t understand why the Inside The Beltway crowd is looking to this Rino to beat or beat on Trump or anyone else for that matter.

  2. Romney sure has gone to the dark side. He should just step aside
    and live his own life. His remarks and efforts are uncalled for.