Former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney urges voters to turn down Donald Trump

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (KUSI) – At around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to the national stage to question and criticize current Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Speaking at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum, Romney opened his speech by referring to Ronald Reagan’s famous “a time for choosing” nationally televised remarks in 1964, days before ’64 presidential election.

“He (Ronald Reagan) saw two paths for America, one that embraced conservative principles dedicated to lifting people out of poverty and helping create opportunity for all. And the other, an oppressive government that would lead America down a darker, less free path." Romney stated. "I am no Ronald Reagan, and this is a different moment in time, but I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing, one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party and more importantly, for our country.”

Romney quickly made it very apparent that the dark path he was referencing to from Ronald Reagan’s 1964 remarks was referring to if current GOP front-runner Donald Trump is elected President in 2016.

"On the other hand, if we make improvident choices, the bright horizon I foresee will never materialize," Romney said. "Let me put it plainly, if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished."

Romney went on criticize Trump’s policy proposals, calling them "flimsy, at best,” and claimed that he would drive up the economic deficit, lead the nation into a recession, and trigger a trade war. Instead, Romney spoke well of the economic plans from Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, the GOP presidential candidates chasing Trump in the latest polls.

According to CNN, Romney provided the news network with prepared remarks, including that “He’s (Donald Trump) playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat."

Donald Trump’s son was quick to respond on social media:

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