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

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will slam current GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC 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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz says he hopes McConaughey 'decides not to run' Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior Court fines baker 0 for refusing to make gender transition cake MORE (Texas) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals FCC votes to advance proposed ban on Chinese telecom equipment The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? 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 Diane Rodham ClintonVirginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Hillary Clinton: Casting doubt on 2020 election is 'doing Putin's work' MORE.

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