Mitt Romney says that he will not vote for either Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE or Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe real reason Biden is going to the COP26 climate summit Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 MORE as America’s next president.
“I don’t intend on support either of the major party candidates at this point,” the 2012 GOP presidential nominee said Thursday night at the American Friends of The Hebrew University gala, according to The Washington Examiner.
"I wish we had better choices, and I keep hoping that somehow things will get better, and I just don’t see an easy answer from where we are now.”
Romney added that he has no interest in launching an independent campaign to offer voters an alternative to Clinton or Trump.
“No, I’m certainly going to be hoping that we find someone who I have confidence in who becomes the nominee,” he said. "I see way too much demagoguery and populism on both sides of the aisle, and I only hope and aspire we’ll see more greatness.
“I don’t know what happens when elect somebody to the White House on what they’ll do as opposed to what they’re saying, but I certainly think this is a critical time for freedom, a critical time for America.”
An aide to Romney on Thursday said that the former Massachusetts governor plans on skipping the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush also will not attend the event, where Trump is expected to formally become the party's standard-bearer.
Clinton, meanwhile, leads Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — FDA advisers endorse Pfizer vaccine for kids Manchin: 'I think we'll get a framework' deal MORE (I-Vt.) in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination by several hundred delegates.