Donald Trump continues to lead in the polls, but Mitt Romney predicts the New York businessman will not ultimately be the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2016.
“I will support the Republican nominee,” the former Massachusetts governor said Wednesday while speaking to the Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, D.C. “I don’t think that’s going to be Donald Trump.”
Added Romney: “My party has historically nominated someone who is a mainstream conservative and someone who has a foundation in foreign policy that gives people confidence that they can guide the ship of state in troubled waters.”
Romney went on to criticize the “rhetoric” on the campaign trail, a not-so-veiled reference to Trump. (RELATED: Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Endorses Trump)
“I think it has been unfortunate that some of the rhetoric has so clouded the picture that some people think we’re anti-immigrant. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Romney said.
When the crowd laughed, Romney pushed back: “Hey guys — my party is pro-legal immigration. Massively.”