Team Romney looks at blocking Trump at convention

Mitt Romney told his advisors to look into how to block GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE at the Republican National Convention, CNN reported Thursday.

"It sounds like the plan is to lock the convention," a source close to Romney's inner circle told CNN.

Romney is reportedly looking to prevent Trump from getting the required 1,237 delegates before the convention for the Republican nominee. He also doesn't think rivals Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Hillicon Valley: YouTube to restore Trump's account | House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference | Senators introduce legislation to create international tech partnerships Senators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China MORE, Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Cruz puts hold on Biden's CIA nominee It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it Senate rejects Cruz effort to block stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants MORE or John Kasich will get the required number of delegates before the convention.

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If Trump is blocked at the convention, he may launch a third party candidacy, Republican insiders believe, according to CNN.
Trump signed a pledge last year vowing to run as a Republican and not as an independent, but has said in the past that's contingent on being treated fairly by the Republican party.

Earlier Thursday, Romney bashed Trump in a speech, calling him a "phony" and a "fraud." He urged the public to vote for the candidate that will prevent Trump from getting delegates in their state.

"If the other candidates can find common ground, I believe we can nominate a person who can win the general election and who will represent the values and policies of conservatism," Romney said.
 
Trump shot back, calling Romney a failed candidate and saying the 2012 GOP nominee begged Trump for his endorsement four years ago. Trump said Romney should not have lost the election, adding that Romney thought about running this year but "chickened out."