CBS: Romney to Launch ‘Vicious Attack’ on Trump

‘A person so untrustworthy and dishonest as Hillary Clinton must not become president but a Trump nomination enables her victory’


ROSE: “Former republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is about to launch a vicious attack on Donald Trump. ‘CBS This Morning’ has obtained excerpt from a speech Romney will deliver in a few hours. Romney plans to say, quote, a person so untrustworthy and dishonest as Hillary Clinton must not become president. But a Trump nomination enables her victory.”
O’DONNELL: “That’s right. The speech also calls Trump, quote, a phony, a fraud whose promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. And Romney says, equity, he is playing the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the white house and all we get is a lousy hat. Dean Reynolds is at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where Romney is scheduled to speak.”
REYNOLDS: “Good morning. Mitt Romney isn’t going to endorse anyone and he is not announcing another run for the white house, but he is harshly attacking Donald Trump who, in turn, is calling it a desperate move.”
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REYNOLDS (voice-over): “In his speech today, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will call Donald Trump a phony and a fraud.”
TRUMP: “Mitt is tough. He’s smart. He’s sharp.”
REYNOLDS (voice-over): “It’s a big difference from four years ago when Romney was delighted to win the backing of Trump.”
ROMNEY: “There are some things that you just can’t imagine happening this is one of them. In your life.”
REYNOLDS (voice-over): “But now a great gulf separates the two men who represent the defeated past and the uncertain future of the GOP.”
TRUMP: “This has been an amazing evening.”
REYNOLDS (voice-over): “Romney’s associates say he has watched Trump’s assent with alarm and feels to shake sense into some people.”
PACKARD: “He’ll have strong words for Donald Trump.”
REYNOLDS (voice-over): “Katie Packard now runs an anti-Trump PAC after serving as Romney’s campaign manager.”
PACKARD: “I think what he wants to do is be the adult in the room and sort of say, enough!”
REYNOLDS (voice-over): “Today’s speech comes amid open panic in the party establishment and won’t mince words. One example — Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin while he has called George W. Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil Trumping good. So far, none of Romney’s attacks has worked, including a call to release Trump’s tax returns.”
TRUMP: “Going to be a much bigger party and I think we are going to win in November.”
REYNOLDS (voice-over): “Trump has soared in the polls and definitely soured on Romney.”
TRUMP: “This guy, what a terrible — I endorsed him and about two weeks later, I said he is never going to win.”
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REYNOLDS: “Now for good measure, Donald Trump has tweeted this morning, I am the only one who can beat Hillary Clinton. I am not a Mitt Romney who doesn’t know how to win.”

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