It’s not too late to be president, says Mitt Romney.
The former Massachusetts governor says that in the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack, we should “make America great again” and call on all Americans to be proud of who we are and to “make the right decisions for our country”.
He is in an unusual position.
Romney, who lost the Republican presidential nomination to President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, has been widely viewed as the most unelectable candidate in modern US politics.
His record on women’s rights, climate change and foreign policy have not only hurt his popularity but also the hopes of millions of Americans.
The Republican front-runner, who has called for the ousting of President Barack Obama, is not expected to formally announce his candidacy until 2020, when he would be 35 years old.
Trump has faced criticism for his rhetoric on issues such as immigration and trade, but the GOP nominee has repeatedly attacked Romney, who is seen as a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.
His refusal to do so has been a source of criticism among Democrats, who believe that it shows he has little interest in reforming the Republican Party.
But Romney said he was not going to abandon the party and that the American people have to decide what they want.
“The American people need to make the right choices for the next four years, and I think that’s why I’m here today,” he said.
“This is the time for America to make some big, bold choices.
For too long, the American political process has been dominated by one candidate, Donald Trump.
But the American public needs to hear from a president who will take on the issues that matter to them.”
The Orlando attack was a reminder that “the American people are ready for change”, he added.
In a speech earlier this week, Trump said he wanted to “defeat ISIS, stop the Iran deal, rebuild our military and take care of our vets, the vets who have fought for our freedoms, the veterans who have given so much for our freedom”.
“Our country cannot afford to lose more of its brightest and best,” he added in the speech.
He has promised to rebuild the US military and has vowed to “do what it takes to secure our borders, protect our citizens, and defend our way of life.”
Romney was first elected to Congress in 1984, but has not held office since 2004.
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