Romney urges Republicans to reject 'phony' Trump

WASHINGTON -- Front-running Donald Trump came under a brutal attack Thursday from former presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who called the billionaire New York businessman a phoney and called on fellow Republicans to shun the brash real estate mogul for the good of the country and party.

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The race for the Republican nomination, dominated by insults and name-calling, has seen Trump's once-unlikely candidacy morph into an increasingly likely bid for his party's nomination for the November ballot.

Romney, who was soundly defeated by President Barack Obama in his 2012 re-election, joins a growing chorus of anxious Republican leaders that many Trump supporters see as establishment figures.

"Here's what I know: Donald Trump is a phoney, a fraud," Romney said in the text of a speech set for delivery later Thursday.

Romney says a Trump nomination at the party's convention in July would enable Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the presidency, according to excerpts of his speech obtained by The Associated Press.

Romney also said Trump "has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president."

Trump disparaged Romney in a series of tweets, including "I am not a Mitt Romney, who doesn't know how to win."

Panicked Republican leaders say they still have options for preventing Trump from winning the nomination, just not many good ones. They include a contested convention and even the long-shot prospect of a third party option.

Trump has 316 delegates so far, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz 226 and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 106. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the party nomination.

Despite Trump's strong showing on Tuesday, he was not yet on track to claim the nomination before the party's national gathering, according to an Associated Press delegate count. He has won 46 per cent of the delegates awarded so far, and he would have to increase that to 51 per cent in the remaining primaries.

Trump is already setting his sights on the general election. His campaign reached out to House Speaker Paul Ryan's office to arrange a conversation between the two men and urged Republican leaders to view his candidacy as a chance to expand the party.

"Why can't the leaders of the Republican Party see that I am bringing in new voters by the millions -- we are creating a larger, stronger party!" Trump tweeted.

Indeed, there was a surge in turnout in Super Tuesday's primaries. While that could be a welcome sign for a party that has struggled to attract new voters in recent presidential elections, Republican leaders face the reality that some of those voters were registering their opposition to the party establishment.

Party strategists cast March 15 as the last opportunity to stop Trump through the normal path of winning states and collecting delegates. A win for Rubio in his home state of Florida would raise questions about Trump's strength, as could a win for John Kasich, Ohio's governor, on his home turf.

The candidates have a high-profile opportunity to make their case to voters in Thursday night's prime-time debate. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson all but ended his bid Wednesday, saying he would skip the debate and declaring he did "not see a political path forward."

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was drawing broad support from voters and her party's leaders. Rival Bernie Sanders vowed to keep up the fight, though his path to the nomination has narrowed. So far, Clinton has at least 1,005 delegates, Sanders 373. It takes 2,383 Democratic delegates to win.

Associated Press writers Steven R. Hurst, Andrew Taylor, Julie Bykowicz, Stephen Ohlemacher and Donna Cassata contributed to this report.



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