The Republican party’s 2012 nominee Mitt Romney plans to deliver a speech today on ‘the state of the 2016 race.’
NBC News is reporting that Romney won’t endorse a candidate or get in the presidential race himself, but the remarks ‘will be worth covering’ a top aide told the network’s Andrew Rafferty.
Romney has turned GOP frontrunner Donald Trump into a political punching bag in recent weeks, suggesting there’s a ‘bombshell’ waiting in the billionaire’s tax returns, which is why Trump has yet to release them.
Trump, at Thursday night’s GOP debate in Houston, said he wasn’t releasing his tax returns yet because he’s being audited.
He pledged to release them once the Internal Revenue Service was done.
Romney returned to Twitter to tell voters that he wasn’t buying Trump’s excuse.
‘No legit reason [Donald Trump] can’t release returns while being audited, but if scared, release earlier returns no longer under audit,’ Romney wrote.
‘[Donald Trump’s] taxes for the last 4+ years are still being audited,’ Romney continued. ‘There are more #bombshells or he would release them.’
Romney, who has dedicated his last six tweets to taking down Trump, also inserted himself into the debate over Trump’s comments about KKK leader David Duke.
Duke endorsed Trump and the billionaire gave a tepid response, not disavowing the racist, when asked about it by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.
‘A disqualifying & disgusting response by [Donald Trump] to the KKK,’ Romney chimed in on Twitter. ‘His coddling of repugnant bigotry is not in the character of America.’
Romney also called on The Donald to release the transcript of his off-the-record meeting with the New York Times’ editorial board, which is rumored to contain quotes from Trump that show the businessman wavering on immigration.
The former GOP nominee was rumored to be throwing his support behind Rubio, who many other establishment Republicans have endorsed, but that report was quickly discredited.
It was Rubio himself who appeared on the Sunday shows a week ago and denied that Romney was coming on board.
‘That report is false,’ Rubio said. ‘I have no reason to believe he’s anywhere near endorsing … we’d love to have his endorsement. We’d love to have the help of everyone because we’ve got to bring the Republican party together.’
‘We’d love to have his endorsement, but there’s nothing forthcoming,’ Rubio added.
Today Romney will speak in his native Utah, which hosts a Republican debate on March 21.
The next GOP debate is scheduled for tonight in Detroit, Michigan.
Meanwhile, conservative Republicans will be gathering just outside of Washington as the annual Conservative Political Action Conference kicks off.
Romney’s slated to give his speech at 11:30 a.m.
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.