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

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will slam current GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFirst 100 days: A true reflection of Trump, poor reflection of America Fox poll: Trump approval below 50 percent Pelosi gives Trump an incomplete for first 100 days 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 CruzTed CruzOvernight Defense: Senators go to White House for North Korea briefing | Admiral takes 'hit' for aircraft carrier mixup | Lawmakers urged to beef up US missile defense Senators get North Korea briefing in unusual WH visit Overnight Tech: FCC chief unveils plan for net neutrality rollback | Tech on Trump's sweeping tax plan | Cruz looks to boost space industry MORE (Texas) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioWhat’s with Trump’s spelling mistakes? Boeing must be stopped from doing business with Iran Top Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms 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 Rodham ClintonLawmakers targeted as district politics shift Want a tremendous deal on infrastructure spending? Suspend Davis-Bacon Constitutional amendment could vastly improve campaign finance MORE.

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