Andrea Mitchell: Romney Arguing For Deadlock, Putting Himself Out There As Party's Alternative To Trump

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NBC's Andrea Mitchell said Mitt Romney's anti-Trump speech Thursday morning was a way for the failed 2012 Republican presidential nominee to put himself out there as the party's alternative to Donald Trump this cycle.

"He is basically arguing for gridlock, deadlock and I know from my own reporting that Mitt Romney is putting himself out there. He will never say this, but he's putting himself out there as the party's alternative to Donald Trump," Mitchell said following Romney's speech

ANDREA MITCHELL: And doing so not in a political context, although the subtexts are very obvious, eviscerating him on every level, foreign policy, business experience, whether he's a phony, whether he is a con man, his personal life, his brags, his attacks against George W. Bush and John McCain, what he did during the Vietnam war, bragging about his marital or extramarital exploits, sexual exploits back in the '60s and '70s.

Every single level, appealing to conservatives by talking about Ronald Reagan, the shining city on the hill there, and also appealing to those who care about moral values, evangelicals and others who has, as we have seen in Nevada and in the south, been going to Trump.

He is absolutely going after the base. This is a man who is putting himself out there as the leader of a Republican party that is so fractured and has no single leader and also, by the way, calling for voters in each state, in each of the big March 15th states to go with their strength, to block Trump from collecting more winner take all votes, delegate votes, by voting for Rubio in Florida, voting for Kasich in Ohio.

He is basically arguing for gridlock, deadlock and I know from my own reporting that Mitt Romney is putting himself out there. He will never say this, but he's putting himself out there as the party's alternative to Donald Trump.

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