Romney to slam Trump as 'a phony, a fraud'

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will slam current GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE as "a phony, a fraud" during remarks on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

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Romney will reportedly call on voters to "make the right choices" during a speech at the University of Utah that comes a little more than a week before the final major round of voting in the GOP race on March 15.

"Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud," Mitt Romney will tell voters. "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat."

Some have suggested that Republicans need a major address to frame the decision before voters as historic in nature, invoking Reagan's "time for choosing" speech, which appears to be what Romney will attempt to do.

Excerpts of his speech show that Romney will say America faces "another time for choosing," hearkening back to Reagan's 1964 address, adding that the election could have "profound consequences" for Republicans and the country.

"Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin, while has called George W. Bush a liar," Romney plans to tell his audience, according to excerpts. "That is a twisted example of evil trumping good."

Romney will state that Trump's rivals in the race — Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE (Texas) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade MORE (Fla.) — have "serious policy proposals" to address a range of issues facing the country, according to Romney's remarks.

Trump late Wednesday responded to reports that Romney would be addressing the 2016 race, calling him a "two-time failed candidate." He took to Twitter again on Thursday to blast Romney, arguing he doesn't know how to defeat Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE.

This report was updated at 7:24 a.m.