Prominent Republicans – even those not seeking the party’s presidential nomination – have faced media questioning regarding Donald Trump’s emergence as an unconventional front-runner. 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney responded to one such inquiry during an interview with James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic.
“My party has historically nominated someone who’s a mainstream conservative,” he said, “and someone who has a foundation in foreign policy that gives people confidence that they can guide the ship of state in troubled waters.”
While he did not dismiss those in the field without experience in elected office, Romney maintained that Trump is not the type of candidate likely to earn the nomination. Specifically, he criticized Trump’s “absurd and dangerous” opinions on America’s involvement in Syria.
As for the candidates Romney believes could meet the qualifications to win over primary – and general – election voters, he included Chris Christie, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham and potentially Carly Fiorina.
“I think each of them has staked out territory which is not extreme,” he said, “and so I don’t think I’d conclude that it’s impossible for a Republican to be able to win the general election. As a matter of fact, I think we will win the general election in part because we have such strong and capable people as the ones I’ve mentioned.”
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