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Ladies and gentlemen, Mitt Romney will not be announcing he’s giving the presidency another try when he speaks at 11:30 this morning (EST) on  “the state of the 2016 presidential race.”  Neither will he be endorsing any candidate.  But he will be giving a campaign speech urging Republicans to vote for anybody but Donald Trump.

According to the excerpts of his speech released to the press the usually docile Romney plans to unload on the GOP frontrunner accusing him of “playing the American public for suckers.”

“His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe…He has neither the temperament nor the judgement to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.”

He adds that Trump is trying to get a “free ride to the presidency” and “all we get is a lousy hat.”

Boy oh boy, just when we thought this election cannot get stranger—-it does. I can’t remember another time when the most recent presidential candidate for a party, gives a major speech ripping the next potential candidate of that same party.

As for Romney, if he was this direct in criticizing Obama, he might be running for reelection in 2016. While I may agree with much of what Romney is saying he is the wrong messenger.  The Trump supporters (and many others) will see Romney as a representation of  the exact thing they are angry about.

Below are the excerpts of the Romney speech provided by his staff.

In 1964, days before the presidential election, Ronald Reagan went on national television and challenged America that it was a “Time for Choosing.” He saw two paths for America, one that embraced conservative principles dedicated to lifting people out of poverty and helping create opportunity for all, and the other, an oppressive government that would lead America down a darker, less free path. I’m no Ronald Reagan and this is a different moment but I believe with my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing, one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party and more importantly, for the country. …

At home, poverty persists and wages are stagnant. The horrific massacres of Paris and San Bernardino, the aggressions of Putin, the growing assertiveness of China and the nuclear tests of North Korea confirm that we live in troubled and dangerous times. …

But if we make the right choices, America’s future will be even better than our past and better than our present. …

Of the remaining candidates, the only serious policy proposals that deal with the broad range of national challenges we confront have come from Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich.

Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin, while has called George W Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil trumping good. …

The president of the United States has long been the leader of the free world. The president and yes the nominees of the country’s great parties help define America to billions of people. All of them bear the responsibility of being an example for our children and grandchildren. …

Trump relishes any poll that reflects what he thinks of himself. But polls are also saying that he will lose to Hillary Clinton. …

On Hillary Clinton’s watch at the State Department, America’s interests were diminished in every corner of the world. She compromised our national secrets, dissembled to the families of the slain, and jettisoned her most profound beliefs to gain presidential power. …

A person so untrustworthy and dishonest as Hillary Clinton must not become president. But a Trump nomination enables her victory. …

I understand the anger Americans feel today. In the past, our presidents have channeled that anger, and forged it into resolve, into endurance and high purpose and into the will to defeat the enemies of freedom. Our anger was transformed into energy directed for good. …

Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat. …

His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.

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