Mitt Romney Campaigns With John Kasich on Eve of Ohio Primary

Set to speak at two events
March 14, 2016 Updated: April 3, 2016

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has announced that he will be campaigning for John Kasich on the trail in Ohio.

Romney is expected to be speak at two Kasich events in Canton and outside Columbus on the afternoon of March 14, reports NBC News.

This comes after Romney attacked Donald Trump in a Utah press conference on March 2. The former nominee called the frontrunner a “fraud” and “phony” and said that Trump endangers the Republican Party. 

I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing.
— Mitt Romney

“I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing,” said Romney, “one that will have profound consequences for the Republican party and more importantly, for the country.”

In that press conference, Romney said that he would vote for Kasich in Ohio and Marco Rubio in Florida to stop Trump from being the nominee. He has since done “robocalls” for both Kasich and Marco Rubio, and disavowed Trump’s endorsement from his own 2012 presidential bid: 

Trump retaliated by calling Romney a “failed candidate” and brought out Trump products to his victory speech in Miami after winning big on March 8.

The announcement comes only days before voters will be casting their vote in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, and Missouri.

Kasich has been campaigning primarily in his home state of Ohio in a last ditch effort to stay in the race. In the latest polling averages, Kasich has a slight lead, leading Trump by 3 percent (36 percent to 33 percent).

In Ohio, 66 delegates are up for grabs in the important general election “swing state.” With a win in Ohio, Kasich plans to take those delegates to the convention and win over other delegates in the event of a contested convention.