Mitt Romney still can’t see himself voting for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. However, he can’t bring himself to vote for the Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton, either.
But the 2012 GOP nominee has a solution: putting his own wife’s name on the ballot.
“It’s a matter of personal conscience,” Romney told CBS News’ John Dickerson Wednesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “I can’t vote for either of those two people.”
Romney explained that he simply cannot get behind Trump’s divisive character.
“Our nominee is saying, ‘Hey look it’s these people here. It’s these Mexicans coming across the border… it’s them, and it’s Muslims,” he said. “And unfortunately, I’m afraid that the things Mr. Trump has said have been unfortunately branding of our party in a negative way.”
He expressed his opposition to Clinton in less dramatic terms. “Hillary Clinton is wrong on every issue, but she’s wrong within the normal parameters,” Romney said.
Ann Romney, however, would be “an ideal president,” he added.
Romney reiterated that he would not run as a presidential candidate this year, despite calls from family members to make a last-minute entrance into the election cycle. “That door is closed unless both candidates come to me and ask me to please save them,” he joked.
Clinton leads Trump 45.5 percent to 38.6 percent, according to HuffPost Pollster’s polling average.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
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