Mitt Romney will skip Trump’s nominating convention in Cleveland

Source: Washington Post | May 5, 2016 | Philip Rucker

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, plans to skip this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland where Donald Trump will be officially nominated — an unusual move that underscores the deep unease many Republican leaders have about the brash celebrity mogul as their standard bearer.

A Romney aide said in a statement to The Washington Post on Thursday morning, “Governor Romney has no plans to attend convention.”


Romney’s announcement comes after the GOP’s two living former presidents — George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush — announced Wednesday night through their spokesmen that they did not plan to endorse a candidate this year.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, also plans to skip the convention in Cleveland. McCain is facing a potentially difficult reelection campaign in Arizona, a border state with a large Latino population where Trump’s hard-line position on immigration may prove polarizing.

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