Mitt Romney gave a big speech in which he came out unequivocally against Donald Trump and called for Trump to be denied the nomination at the Republican National Convention if necessary.
He didn’t explicitly endorse anyone, but if you are looking for clues at who he might personally support, look at whose interests the speech most directly serves.
Politico reports: “Team Rubio’s strategy shift to deny Trump delegates will play out both in his campaign schedule and on the airwaves in the coming days and weeks.”
– Rubio’s path to an outright win has vanished – Politico
Instead, according to Katie Packer, founder of Our Priorities PAC, one of the PACs going hard against Trump: “Our whole strategy has always been to deny him [Trump] 50 percent.” Packer served as a deputy campaign manager for Romney’s campaign.
Finally, look at the order in which Romney listed names in this quote:
“Given the current delegate selection process, this means that I would vote for Marco Rubio in Florida, for John Kasich in Ohio, and for Ted Cruz or whichever one of the other two contenders has the best chance of beating Mr. Trump in a given state.”
It could just be due to the fact that Florida and Ohio are more specifically important to those respective candidates, so he mentioned them first, but does the way he threw Cruz in last look kind of like a passing mention? Or am I reading too much into it?