Romney says he will endorse before convention
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“One of those three, I’m going to endorse before the convention," he said on "Fox News Sunday."
 
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The commitment comes after Romney offered a public, blistering critique of Republican 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. In a speech in Utah, he said last week that Trump is "a phony, a fraud."
 
But Romney said Sunday he is hopeful that a non-Trump candidate will prevail. He said that Cruz appears to currently have an edge in the overall race — but noted the state of play could change quickly.
 
"In terms of my own plans, I anticipate supporting one of the three — Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio or John Kasich — as our nominee," Romney said.
 
"If they don’t become our nominee, then I’m probably going to go to the voting booth and find someone  else who’s running as a conservative or perhaps just write in the name of someone I think should become the president of the United States who I can be proud of."

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, did not tip his hand on who he might endorse. However, the Huffington Post reported two weeks ago that he was preparing to endorse Rubio.