Mitt Romney says he’ll vote third-party against Clinton and Trump, or cast a write-in

As quoted from his recent speech, in this Daily Caller article about the Johnson campaign:

Even though neoconservatives strongly disagree with Johnson’s non-interventionist foreign policy outlook he could see himself getting their support. “On the basis of smaller government and free markets, yeah I should sweep anybody that holds to those principles,” said Gov. Johnson

Mitt Romney said Friday that he wouldn’t support either Clinton or Trump: “If those are my only two choices I’d vote for a conservative on the ballot — and if there weren’t one that I was comfortable with, I would write in a name.”

Gov. Johnson admitted the fact that someone like Romney might end up voting for him is “absolutely” surprising.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/04/this-is-the-only-candidate-outside-of-the-two-major-parties-who-could-be-on-the-ballot-in-50-states/#ixzz424LKadq9

32 thoughts on “Mitt Romney says he’ll vote third-party against Clinton and Trump, or cast a write-in

  1. George Phillies

    “Mitt Romney said Friday that he wouldn’t support either Clinton or Trump: “If those are my only two choices I’d vote for a conservative on the ballot — and if there weren’t one that I was comfortable with, I would write in a name.”

    Gov. Johnson admitted the fact that someone like Romney might end up voting for him is “absolutely” surprising.”

    The word that Johnson was looking for is not “surprising”. It is “delusionary”. Libertarians are*not* conservatives, and Romney knows this. Assuming Romney was serious, there is no likleihood that he would vote for us.

    We’re 100% pro choice, against the war on drugs, against the Republican war crimes campaign against the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, the Phillipines, Pakistan, et tedious cetera, against Republican corporate welfare, against Republican bankster bailouts, agains tRepublican farm welfare, against Republican defense welfare,….

  2. David

    This is all talk anyway. We know Romney will support their nominee over the Democrat any day. More hot air from folks who don’t matter.

  3. Shivany Lane

    Romney will vote for a Republican or not vote at all. No one but he and his maker know who he actually votes for so he can blow smoke out of his ass all he wants.

    On another note, Gary Johnson IS a Republican. Did he not run not once but twice as a Republican for Governor? Did he not dismiss the Libertarian party after sitting in a meeting for 1 1/2 minutes? Did he not go to CPAC? All we need now is a Koch Brother or Sheldon Adelson endorsement and he is full blown Republican.

    Gary Johnson has never stepped out of the Republican wading pool and anyone who thinks he has is being delusional. Yeah he put the other foot in the Libertarian pool but that was because he failed as a Republican for President.

    You all bash on John McAfee who has NEVER been a politician and never held office, except as a member of Mensa. Nor has he ever deceived anyone as to what his true feelings are. He morphs at times to smooth feathers but if you want someone who is a core Libertarian simple and sweet, That is John McAfee.

  4. Jed Ziggler

    Someone should ask him if, since he’s so keen on supporting a third party candidate, whether he’ll support the movement for third party debate inclusion. Gov. Romney is currently a defendant in the Libertarian/Green lawsuit against the CPD.

  5. Stewart Flood

    I believe that you will find much more criticism of Governor Johnson on this site than of Mr McAfee. You may note that several of us who are NOT supports of Mr McAfee commented that he did well in the debate at the MS/AL joint convention.

    The Libertarian Party has had several incidents over the past decade where someone “converted” to a Libertarian, ran for office or was elected to the LNC (or both!) , and then left to go back to the GOP. It is not always easy to tell if someone is really serious about their political “conversion” to being a libertarian, since there are so many sources to find out what libertarians believe that it is quite easy to pretend to be one visibly.

    I’m not saying that this is an accurate assessment of Mr McAfee, but there will be skeptics for quite a while. His published platform for his Cyber Party gives reason for concern for a number of people. Changing positions that quickly — almost literally overnight — makes it easy to come to what could be an inaccurate opinion of his sincerity regarding libertarian beliefs.

    He will need to address these questions with delegates at the convention. If he doesn’t, he will probably be eliminated quickly from contention.

    The same goes for other candidates. Mr Petersen has made several statements regarding NAP and other aspects of the party that have raised questions that a number of delegates will want answers to. Mr Feldman proposes quite a few very non-libertarian positions that he will also have to defend. The list goes on.

    That’s how politics work. Believe it or not, while the GOP may complain about brokered conventions, by their definition our conventions are ALWAYS brokered! Candidates who are eliminated will try to get their supporters to vote for someone else either to gain something (as Root did in ’08), or to vote against someone they don’t want to see win. Deals are cut at the back room or at the side of the stage!

    In 2012, after getting the nomination, Governor Johnson endorsed Wayne Allyn Root for an at-large position on the LNC. That is the biggest single “sin” that he will have to answer for in Orlando. Endorsing someone who had already stated repeatedly that he was going to support Romney and who left the LNC and the party just weeks later to rejoin the GOP — an act many of us had publicly speculated would happen — was horrible!

    Some of us have good memories. Really good memories…

  6. Bob Haran

    There is only one True Conservative Party for America; 100% Pro-Life, opposed to Same Sex Marriage, Pro-Immigration Control and Enforcement with No Amnesty. For Less Government and Less Taxes and Will Abolish the Federal Department of Education. The CONSERVATIVE ALTERNATIVE to the GOP, The CONSTITUTION PARTY.

  7. Andy Craig

    It would take about 5 minutes for the media to utterly destroy any “mainstream conservative” candidate who went Constitution Party, just by quoting from their batshit insane platform, or pointing to some of the kooks involved, that no Romney or Ryan figure would ever want to be associated with. That’s why nobody will bother trying to take over the CP as a vehicle: not because it couldn’t be done (it probably could), but because the damage from being associated with them would cost more than the (marginal) ballot access they’d bring.

  8. Andy Craig

    Put another way: you can’t run an anti-Trump Republican on the C.P. ticket, when the C.P. on many counts advocates the same crazy reactionary/far-right policies they find objectionable in Trump. On immigration in particular: there’s a reason this is the party that was able to serve as a vehicle for Tom Tancredo.

  9. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    When you find that planet, look to the right and you’ll find Pat Buchanan.

  10. George Phillies

    Jed,

    It depends if they collect their 10,000 signatures or not. They have at times in the past.

    The CP positions are not very different from the Republicans, especially not the Crus/Rubio, who on issues other than immigration tend to be to the right of Trump. Note the study (on PolitiicalWire iirc) of education, moderate vs very conservative, income for Trump supporters, showing that support was independent of income and depended on moderate vs. very conservative (5 choices) only among the well educated, the well educated very conservative folks going less for Trump.

  11. Cody Quirk

    “The CP positions are not very different from the Republicans”.

    The CP is way, way more extreme in their platform, along individuals in their ranks compared to the GOP, especially when it comes to the matter of religion and theocratic government.

  12. Richard Winger

    The Constitution Party has only once successfully completed a presidential petition in Massachusetts. They did that in 2008, for Chuck Baldwin.

    Although Howard Phillips was on the November 1992 ballot in Massachusetts, he got on because the ballot-qualified Independent Voters Party nominated him.

  13. Andy

    Andy Craig, lots of people would say that the Libertarian Party’s platform is batshit insane, and that they could use this to destroy us in the media by using our platform against us.

    I’d say that Bernie Sanders has a platform that is mostly batshit insane, yet he is one of the leading candidates right now.

  14. steve m

    who cares if Mitt votes or not?

    He is but one vote.

    But he is well known and if he gets others to consider voting 3rd party?

  15. Bob Haran

    WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CONSTITUTION PARTY AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    By Bob Haran;

    There are many significant differences between the Constitution Party and the Republican Party.
    The biggest difference between the parties is where the power is centered within each. In the Republican Party power is centered at the top with the Republican National Committee and Republican elected members of congress who are strongly influenced by the business community who finances their campaigns and keep them in power. Money rules in the GOP and the grassroots of the party have very little say in policy decisions. What the grassroots of the Republican Party want is not always what the party leaders want, therefore, there is a great disconnect between the grassroots of the party and the party leadership. With the Constitution Party power comes from the grassroots up and it is therefore more reflective of the will of the American middle class, which in turn brings about important differences on issues between the two parties.

    On the issue of immigration the Republican Party tells their grassroots what they want to hear about enforcement and securing the border, however, once in power they are very reluctant to do anything except maybe propose a guest worker program to provide cheap labor for the business interest they represent or solving the illegal immigration problem by putting those in our country illegally on a path toward citizenship or legal residency in the United States.

    The Constitution Party on the other hand demands a secure border, employing the military if necessary and aggressive enforcement of all our immigration laws with no amnesty under any circumstance.

    On foreign trade there is a significant difference between the Constitution and Republican parties. The Republicans, being under the influence of the business community, are for free trade regardless of the impact it might have on American labor. The Constitution Party believes that free trade with low labor cost countries is detrimental to the American middle class because it exports American manufacturing and jobs and is therefore not fair trade. The Constitution Party has been called protectionist on trade but believes that open trade with less developed countries with lower labor costs and less regulation has been a major factor in causing the huge trade deficit, of about $700 billion a year, that the United States is now suffering. When we import more products from foreign countries then we export we are in fact exporting our wealth for goods such as electronics that eventually become obsolete and turn to junk and clothing that turns into rags, therefore, free trade has become a story of riches to rags for the American middle class.

    On social issues the Republican Party is reluctant to take a strong stand on abortion and same sex marriage because they feel it is divisive, thou they quietly say they are pro-life and traditional marriage, whereas, the Constitution Party has no real division within its ranks on these issues and strongly believes that the unborn child has a God given right to life and that gay marriage is contrary to the meaning of marriage and harmful to the American family and society. Where the GOP steers clear of the controversy surrounding abortion and gay marriage because of their acceptance by the larger society, the Constitution Party has loudly denounced both abortion and gay marriage.

    The greatest difference between the Constitution and the Republican Party comes down to whom each party represents, where the Republican Party represents Wall Street and big business, the Constitution Party represents Main Street and the American middle class.

    For God and country,
    Bob Haran,
    Constitution Party of Arizona.

  16. Andy Craig

    “Andy Craig, lots of people would say that the Libertarian Party’s platform is batshit insane, and that they could use this to destroy us in the media by using our platform against us.

    I’d say that Bernie Sanders has a platform that is mostly batshit insane, yet he is one of the leading candidates right now.”

    True enough, but neither has quite the toxic baggage that the C.P. does, that would play right into the hands of “awful extremist far-right Republican wants to ban porn and jail gays and make Christianity the state religion!!!” There’s also not much point in trying to run an even-more-anti-immigrant candidate against Trump.

    Of course, they could try to stuff the convention and rewrite the platform and kick out the crazies. I don’t see that happening though, and it still wouldn’t completely solve the problem. They were always more likely to serve as Trump’s third-party vehicle than as an anti-Trump one, not that either is very likely. Didn’t one of their affiliates even try to put Trump on their primary ballot?

  17. Jill Pyeatt

    The Constitution Party on the other hand demands a secure border, employing the military if necessary and aggressive enforcement of all our immigration laws with no amnesty under any circumstance.

    Batshit crazy, besides being immoral.

  18. Robert Capozzi

    re: batshit crazy, while I’d certainly say CotOS sounds Unabomber-ish, the LP’s platform may sound vaguely utopian and unrealistic, the actual language tends to sound reasonably sober and non-incendiary, sometimes vague.

  19. Andy

    Andy Craig and Jill, there are lots of people out there who say the same things about the Libertarian Party’s platform, and this has happened since the inception of the party.

  20. Andy

    Trump is at odds with the Constitution Party’s platform on the issue on Emmenient Domain.

  21. Andy Craig

    He’s also at odds with the Republican Party’s platform on eminent domain. Doesn’t seem to be stopping him from taking that nomination.

  22. Andy

    “Andy Craig
    March 6, 2016 at 17:11

    He’s also at odds with the Republican Party’s platform on eminent domain. Doesn’t seem to be stopping him from taking that nomination.”

    This is really bizarre. I posted a comment pointing out that Donald Trump’s stance on Eminent Domain is at odds with the Constitution Party’s platform, and it seems to have disappeared.

  23. Andy

    I think that if Donald Trump had tried to capture the Constitution Party’s nomination for President, that he would have been successful. He could have flooded their convention with delegates, but I doubt that would even been necessary. I’d be that a lot of CP’ers would have given him the nomination in spite of any of his differences with his platform as I’d bet a majority would vote for him because he’s rich and famous, just as long as he sounded close to their platform, or at least close on a few key issues.

  24. Andy

    “Jill Pyeatt
    March 6, 2016 at 14:25

    ‘The Constitution Party on the other hand demands a secure border, employing the military if necessary and aggressive enforcement of all our immigration laws with no amnesty under any circumstance.’

    Batshit crazy, besides being immoral.”

    There are a lot of people out there who think that the Libertarian Party’s platform is batshit crazy and immoral.

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  26. Dave Terry

    By Bob Haran;
    > “There are many significant differences between the Constitution Party and the Republican Party.
    The biggest difference between the parties is where the power is centered within each”

    The BIGGEST difference is that the Republican Partly Platform is ALMOST rational.

    > “On the issue of immigration the Republican Party tells their grassroots what they want to hear about enforcement and securing the border, however, once in power they are very reluctant to do anything except maybe propose a guest worker program to provide cheap labor for the business interest they represent or solving the illegal immigration problem by putting those in our country illegally on a path toward citizenship or legal residency in the United States.”

    Clearly the Republicans have at least, READ the Constitution AND have studied U.S. History.

    “The Constitution Party on the other hand demands a secure border, employing the military if necessary and aggressive enforcement of all our immigration laws with no amnesty under any circumstance.

    LOL! Where did you get that from? The little ‘constitution’ on the white roll of paper, next to
    your toilet?

    .

  27. bob Haran

    Excuse me but a Mr. Dave Terry has taken something I wrote”What is the difference between the Constitution Party and the Republican Party,” and altered the words and attributed them to me. His post should be deleted and he should be blocked from ever using this site again to prevent him from ever using it to make false representations of other people’s writings. Someone as immature and obviously uneducated should not be allowed to get away with something so sophomoric. Thank you.

    For God and country,
    Bob Haran,
    Constitution Party of Arizona.

  28. Dave Terry

    You are as full of shit as you are of yourself.

    I did NOT change one word of what you wrote!!
    If it has “—-” around it, YOU WROTE IT!

  29. Dave Terry

    “We’re 100% pro choice, against the war on drugs, against the Republican war crimes campaign against the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, the Phillipines, Pakistan, et tedious cetera, against Republican corporate welfare, against Republican bankster bailouts, agains tRepublican farm welfare, against Republican defense welfare,….”

    Perhaps you are not fully informed as to Mitt’s position of all the above.

    Who appointed Mr. Phillies as arbiter of who believes what?
    Getting a little addled in your old age?
    How are we to interpret ,…..” ?

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