Mitt Romney said the GOP historically has nominated a mainstream conservativeRomney called The Donald's stance on Syria 'absurd and dangerous' and would lead him to NOT be the nominee
Romney lumped political outsider Carly Fiorina among the 'mainstream' candidates - who he thinks will win out The Republican party's last nominee Mitt Romney said he's going to support the next one, but he made a prediction about who it's not going to be.'I don’t think that’s going to be Donald Trump,' the former Massachusetts governor said at today's Washington Ideas Forum.'My party has historically nominated someone who's a mainstream conservative and someone who has a foundation in foreign policy that gives people confidence,' Romney continued.
Mitt Romney, the Republican party's last nominee, said he would support the next one too - but he didn't believe the GOP would nominate Donald Trump
Mitt Romney, seen today at the Washington Ideas Forum, said he expected a showdown between a mainstream candidate and an insurgent candidate, but historically said the former one wins
Romney then gave a laundry list of the candidates running he considered 'mainstream.'
'Chris Christie, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Lindsay Graham, Carly Fiorina, may well fit in that category as she elucidates more in her policy positions, and, you know, I think each of them has staked out territory which is not extreme,' Romney said.
Generally, Fiorina, a businesswoman who has never been elected to office, is lumped in with Trump and Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon with no previous political experience.
Romney agreed that the candidates seemed to be divided into two groups – insurgents and the mainstream.
'I recognize that there’s a lot of attention given to the insurgent bracket, but I think you’re going to see one or two people emerge on the other side,' Romney predicted. 'And they'll get the visibility and ultimately it will come down to a race between one from each.'
The two-time presidential wannabe said he wasn't averse to someone with outside experience, especially business experience, serving as president.
'I wouldn't disqualify someone just because they hadn't served in Washington or hadn't served in a state house,' Romney said.
Mitt Romney said he'd be OK with someone serving as president who didn't have political experience, touting business experience as a plus
Romney pointed to the example of President Dwight Eisenhower, who served with distinction without serving in elected government first. Eisenhower, of course, was the supreme commander of the allied forces during World War II.
'Just to be clear, in this scenario, are you comparing Donald Trump to Dwight Eisenhower?' asked the Atlantic's James Bennet who was conducting the Q&A.
'The parallel does not immediately jump to mind,' Romney replied.
During the interview, Romney pointed to Trump's 60 Minutes interview as evidence that The Donald's foreign policy stances aren't fully cooked.
'He thought it would be a good idea to let ISIS take over Syria and then we can pick up the pieces,' Romney said.
'I thought that was both absurd and dangerous,' he continued. 'And I just don't think that that kind of proposal is likely to lead him to become our nominee.'