Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, said Wednesday he won't vote for Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton in November, and might just write in his wife's name, The Atlantic reports.
Romney made the comments to "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson at The Aspen Ideas Festival.
Romney has pushed for a third-party alternative to Trump, though he has declined to pick up the baton himself. Romney said he fears Trump's controversial statements are hurting the party's future chances with women, Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans and millennials, according to The Atlantic.
"It's unfortunate that both on the left and right, Bernie Sanders has run a campaign that said all your problems, middle-class Americans, are because of those big banks and Wall Street… and on the right our nominee is saying, it's these people here, it's Mexicans coming across the border … it's them and it's Muslims," Romney said. "I'm afraid the things Mr. Trump has said has been unfortunate branding for our party"
Romney wouldn't bite when asked whether Trump or Clinton would make the better president, but did quote conservative satirist P.J. O'Rourke, who has said, "Hillary Clinton is wrong on every issue, but she's wrong within the normal parameters."
Romney's father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, made a similar effort to defeat 1964 GOP nominee Barry Goldwater, who went on to lose to President Lyndon Johnson.
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