It could feel a bit empty this July in Cleveland.
According to the Washington Post, Mitt Romney is just the latest former Republican presidential nominee to say he won’t be attending his party’s convention this year in light of the party’s likely nomination of GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
“Governor Romney has no plans to attend convention,” an aide to the former Massachusetts governor told the Post.
With Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich suspending their campaigns this week and Trump on pace to clinch the requisite number of primary delegates, the GOP businessman’s nomination will likely be just a formality at the convention in Cleveland.
Romney, who Trump endorsed in 2012, was one of earliest members of the so-called Republican “establishment” to speak out against the 2016 candidate and devoted a speech in March solely to denounce Trump’s dishonesty, temperament, and policy proposals.
Bob Dole is the only former GOP presidential nominee who has said we will attend the convention this July, as many mainstream Republicans have felt alienated by Trump’s insurgent candidacy.
Dole, the 1996 GOP nominee, confirmed to The Hill that he expects to attend the convention, where his law firm plans to hold a reception.
Bush’s father, 91-year-old former President George H.W. Bush, who had endorsed every Republican nominee in the last five presidential elections, will not be going.
There are no other living former Republican presidential nominees.