By David McCabe
Romney says he will endorse before convention
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Sunday that he will endorse either Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioBreitbart, liberal activist cooperated on GOP primary disruptions: report Obama seeks down-ballot gains after being midterm loser Chamber endorses bill to block proposed estate tax rules MORE, Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzBreitbart, liberal activist cooperated on GOP primary disruptions: report Juan Williams: When WikiLeaks leaked my cell number 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race MORE or John Kasich for president before the party conventions this summer.
“One of those three, I’m going to endorse before the convention," he said on "Fox News Sunday."
The commitment comes after Romney offered a public, blistering critique of Republican front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpClinton: Trump tweet on Mosul proves he’s unqualified Senate Dems want major women's golf event moved off Trump course Trump claims he was endorsed 'conceptually' by military 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.