Mitt Romney says he will vote for Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the Utah parliamentary group because he is “repulsed” by Donald Trump.
The former Republican presidential candidate said in a Facebook post that the only way to nominate a Republican is to have an open convention in which party officials choose the nominees.
Mitt Romney is campaigning with Gov. John Kasic in Ohio, but said voting for Ted Cruz was the only way to stop “Trumpism.”
He joins other Republican leaders uniting around Ted Cruz.
Donald Trump has won the most state competitions and has 678 delegates – 1,237 are needed to win the nomination.
“Mitt Romney is a confused man who has no idea. No wonder he lost! ” Donald Trump said on Twitter.
However, Republican leaders are concerned that Donald Trump’s contradictory comments on immigrants, women and Muslims will make him a weak candidate in the November general election.
Some also believe that the former Democrat cannot be trusted to pursue conservative policies.
“Today there is a competition between Trumpism and Republicanism,” Mitt Romney said.
“Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism is associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, more recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each of them. ”
Earlier this month, Mitt Romney gave a speech outlining why he was against Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman with no political experience, calling him a “fake” and a “fraudster.”
Mitt Romney’s home state of Utah is holding its presidential contest on March 22.
A group of conservatives, including renowned radio host Eric Erickson, met on March 17 to discuss ways to win Donald Trump, including launching a third-party campaign to challenge the New York businessman.
“We call on all former Republican candidates who do not currently support Trump to unite against him and encourage all candidates to hold their delegates in the first ballot.” he said in a statement on behalf of the group.
“We believe that the issue with Donald Trump is bigger than the issue of the party. It is a matter of morality and character that all Americans must face, not just those of us in the conservative movement. “
Many Republican members are also worried about Ted Cruz because he has repeatedly and publicly condemned Republican leaders.
However, more prominent Republicans have thrown their support behind Ted Cruz in the latest attempt to stop Donald Trump.
Popular South Carolina Gov. Nicki Haley and Utah Senators Mike Lee and South Carolina Lindsay Graham recently backed Ted Cruz.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who left the Republican race on March 15, said this week that he would not support any of his former rivals.
He also said he had no interest in running for vice president.
Donald Trump won four of the five primary elections on March 15, but the race in Missouri has not yet been called for Republicans.
Hillary Clinton narrowly won the Democratic nomination in the state after her opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, refused to continue the count.