Mitt Romney tells Utah and Arizona that ‘a vote for John Kasich is a vote for Donald Trump’

Former Republican U.S. presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R) introduces current Republican presidential candidate John Kasich (L) as they get off the Kasich campaign bus inside the MAPS Air Museum for a campaign rally in North Canton, Ohio March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
Mitt Romney introduces current Republican presidential candidate John Kasich at a town hall last week in Ohio.
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A vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich—the only Republican candidate “with a real track record,” according to Mitt Romney—would be a vote for Donald Trump, according to Mitt Romney.

Or at least that’s what the former Massachusetts governor is telling voters in Utah and Arizona in a pro-Ted Cruz robocall. Audio per ABC News:


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“This is a time for Republicans across the spectrum to unite behind Ted. He is the only Republican candidate who can defeat Donald Trump,” Romney says in a Cruz campaign robocall, first reported Monday by the Daily Caller.

“And at this point, a vote for John Kasich is a vote for Donald Trump,” Romney adds.

Romney announced Friday he himself would be voting for the Texas senator when he casts his ballot Tuesday in Utah’s caucuses. Arizona also votes Tuesday.

While consistent with his anti-Trump strategy, Romney’s move to overtly push GOP voters away from Kasich is a 180-degree flip from just last week when he campaigned with the governor in his home state of Ohio.

“Unlike the other people running, he has a real track record,” Romney said, urging Buckeye Staters to pick Kasich. “He has the kind of record that you want in Washington.”

However, the primary focus for the former Republican nominee has been stopping the current front-runner, Trump. Romney has said Republican voters should choose the candidate who has the best chance of blocking Trump from the most delegates in each respective state.

Recent polls show Cruz leading by more than 20 percentage points in Utah. Meanwhile in Arizona, the most recent polls have shown Trump leading by 12 to 14 percentage points, with Cruz in second and Kasich in third.