Romney: I Will Endorse Rubio, Cruz Or Kasich "And Campaign With One Of Them"


CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS SUNDAY: There is some speculation that when you call for a contested convention, you are opening the door for a scenario in which the party would end up turning to you...

[Here's how you answered this question on Friday]
WALLACE: OK. This is the kind of thing -- the question I’m going to ask you now is why people hate reporters. You say you won't run for president, but you didn't rule out a draft. So here is an opportunity --

ROMNEY: Oh, gosh.

WALLACE: OK. I know.

ROMNEY: OK, Chris, this is so ridiculous. I’m not going there. You’ve got three people who I'd like to see as the nominee. I’m going to endorse one of them. I’m going to campaign with one of them.

I’m not running for president. I’m not planning on running for president. And that's what it's all about.

You got four people running for president on this stage. One of them will be our nominee.

WALLACE: And as General George Sherman said, if nominated, I will not run, if elected, I will not serve?

ROMNEY: That's an absurd -- in my opinion, that's an absurd thing to say. No Republican should say that. That makes no sense for someone to say if they were drafted by their country, that they'd say no.

What I can tell you is I’m not running for president. I’m not going to run for president. I’m going to support one of these four people to be our nominee. I’m supporting three of them right now. And that means that we're going to get one of those people as our nominee.

WALLACE: You realize that by saying what you just said that people are going to say he opened the door to a draft?

ROMNEY: No, you know how absurd that is? We have four very strong people who are running for president. They will be our nominee.

I’ll tell you, Chris, there's 100 percent certainty in my view.

WALLACE: All right. Finally, despite saying that they all thought he was unqualified to be president, all three on the stage on Thursday night said if Trump is the nominee, they will support him. You say you won't.

Do you think -- one, is it a mistake to say they'll support him even if he's the nominee? And what are your plans if he's the nominee? Would you support a third party candidacy?

ROMNEY: Well, I think the guys would remember at the beginning of the campaign they all committed to support the nominee, they didn't imagine it might be Donald Trump perhaps and at the debate, it looked like they were having a hard time getting those words out. But they honored the pledge they made at the very beginning.

In terms of my own plans, I anticipate supporting one of the three, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio or John Kasich as our nominee. If they don't become the nominee, then I’m probably going to go to the voting booth and find someone else who’s running as a conservative or perhaps just write in the name of someone I believe should become the president of the United States, who I could be proud of and who I believe is interested in balancing the budget, keeping America safe with a strong military, and is not willing to disparage fellow Americans, Mexican-Americans, Muslims, and so forth.

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