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Mitt Romney says he will not run for president

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney exits the auditorium after a speech on the Republican presidential at the University of Utah on Thursday in Salt Lake City. (Laura Seitz / Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says there are “no circumstances” in which he will join the 2016 race for the White House, even as he calls for an alternative candidate to front-runner Donald Trump.

Romney told NBC’s “Today” on Friday that he sees “no reasonable scenario” to run again, but added that he will not vote for Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton

“I’m not running for president and I won’t run for president,” Romney said.

The 2012 GOP nominee gave a scathing speech in Salt Lake City Thursday condemning Donald Trump as a candidate and warning that he is “a phony” who is “playing the American public for suckers.”