The Republican party has abandoned all principles of conservatism and its founding principles and the GOP is no longer an economic party, according to the party’s 2016 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.
“The Republican Party’s core principles have been lost,” Romney told an audience in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday.
“For the last 10 years, I’ve been saying that we’re going to get back to what’s good for America and I think we’ve been getting there.”
Romney made the remarks in a wide-ranging interview, addressing everything from the 2016 presidential election to the 2016 Senate race in Massachusetts.
He also praised his wife, Ann, for her role in running his campaign and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, for his contributions to the GOP.
Romney’s comments come amid growing frustration among conservatives and GOP establishment figures about the direction of the party and how to fix it.
A survey by the Washington Post found that only 12 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents were still loyal to the Republican Party in November, compared to 49 percent in February, when the party lost its majority in the Senate and House of Representatives.
But while Romney is far from the only prominent Republican to talk about the party losing its core, his remarks are among the first of many to reflect the party shifting away from conservative principles.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg Politics, Romney defended his views on foreign policy, saying the GOP needs to change to avoid being drawn into wars it has no interest in.
“I’m not saying we shouldn’t be a strong military,” Romney said.
The former Massachusetts governor is hardly the first prominent Republican leader to talk openly about the GOP’s changing character and how it has failed the GOP base. “
And I think there’s a danger of us getting drawn into situations that we don’t want to be in.”
The former Massachusetts governor is hardly the first prominent Republican leader to talk openly about the GOP’s changing character and how it has failed the GOP base.
But Romney’s remarks are also significant because he’s the first to speak openly about it.
Romney, who is running for president as a Republican, was the first major Republican to endorse Trump in 2016.
The two are now locked in a fierce battle for the Republican nomination, and their battle has already become a national phenomenon, with the presumptive nominee using his campaign to attack Romney for his comments and to highlight how Trump has consistently been more hawkish than Romney in his policy stances.
Romney and Trump have traded barbs on social media and the two have faced off at campaign rallies.
But the Romney interview came during a particularly intense time for Trump and the Republican party.
In late February, Trump won the endorsement of former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush, who said he would support the billionaire businessman if he were to be elected president.
In early March, Trump’s campaign issued a scathing attack on Romney, saying his statements were “out of touch” with GOP voters and that he was no longer in touch with his own party.
But Trump has also been publicly attacking Romney in recent weeks.
The New York Times reported in early April that Trump had called Romney “a loser” in a private meeting.
Trump has frequently called on Republicans to “drain the swamp” and have the party “move out of the establishment.”
In an interview with ABC News in May, Trump said that he is confident that he will be elected.
“This is going to be a coronation, you can tell by my tone and my style,” Trump said.