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Romney to Deliver Speech on ‘State of 2016 Presidential Race’ — This Is What You Can Expect to Hear


There have been several suggestions recently that Romney may enter the 2016 presidential campaign.

FILE - In this March 15, 2013 file photo, former Massachusetts Gov., and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney pauses while speaking at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. Romney says President Barack Obama could have done more to dissuade Russia from annexing Crimea. Romney said Obama didn't have the foresight to anticipate Russia's intentions. He told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, March 23, 2014, that Obama's "naivete" and "faulty judgment" about Russia has led to a number of foreign policy challenges. He said the U.S. should now welcome nations that seek entry into NATO, should forgo cuts to the nation’s military budget and reconsider putting a missile defense system into the Czech Republic and Poland, as once planned.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin\n

Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee, is set to deliver a speech "on the state of the 2016 presidential race" Thursday morning.

The press release did not contain many details about what Romney will discuss in his address. However, the former Massachusetts governor is no fan of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump.

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A source close to Romney told CNN that Romney was expected to praise Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, while criticizing current front-runner Donald Trump as the wrong candidate to lead the GOP.

An additional source told CNN Romney would be "going after Trump" in the speech.

Romney has been vocal in his opposition to the billionaire businessman, using his mantle as a leader in the Republican Party to call on Trump to release his tax returns, which he believes contains a "bombshell" that would be damaging to the GOP hopeful.

There have been several suggestions recently that Romney may still enter the 2016 presidential campaign or that he could become the party's nominee at a brokered convention this summer. However, Eric Fehrnstorm, Romney's former senior advisor, does not expect Romney to launch a White House bid.

Fehrnstorm told the Boston Herald that he finds it "hard to believe" that Romney would "parachute in on the premise that there’s going to be an open convention." Rather, he confirmed that Romney is "discouraged and dismayed" with the GOP's direction and will be addressing those frustrations.

Romney's address will take place at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and is expected to begin around 11:30 a.m. ET.

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