Team Romney looks at blocking Trump at convention

Mitt Romney told his advisors to look into how to block GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race 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 senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian 'martyr payments' House to vote on Uyghur bill amid diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics This week: Congress poised to go into December overtime MORE, Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian 'martyr payments' Bob Dole: heroic, prickly and effective Democrats see Christmas goal slipping away 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."