May 5, 2016
Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, plans to sit out the party’s nominating convention this summer — and he’s not alone.
With Donald Trump now the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, a chorus of prominent Republicans — past presidents and nominees alike — are shunning endorsements and offering similar sentiments about the July convention in Cleveland: will not attend.
Last month, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who ended his candidacy for the White House in February, was curt when asked if he would attend.
“No,” said Bush, who was often the subject of personal taunts by Trump.
Several members of Congress, including Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Richard Burr of North Carolina, who both face tough reelection fights, have said they will not attend. McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee, has battled Trump publicly for much of the last year.
Still, in recent days Trump has sought to assuage any ill will from within the party, calling for Republicans to unite around him in anticipation for a hard-fought battle with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton this fall. And some Republicans, such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain’s 2008 running mate, have become some of Trump’s most ardent supporters.
But when it comes to establishment figures, Trump has stumbled.
Pormer Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush will not make endorsements this election cycle, according to the Texas Tribune.
It’s the first time in five election cycles the elder Bush will not endorse the Republican nominee.