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Mitt Romney's Top Strategist Says Hillary Clinton Would Be A Better President Than Donald Trump

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 2/03/2016 Amanda Terkel

The Republican Party's top strategist in the 2012 election would rather see Hillary Clinton as the next president than Donald Trump. 

"Personally, I think Hillary Clinton would be a better president than Donald Trump because I think that Donald Trump is a dangerous person and is someone who would embarrass America," Stuart Stevens said Tuesday on Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect."

"I have no desire to see Hillary Clinton as president of the United States," he added. "But if this is the choice -- I will not give her my vote, but I can't support Donald Trump."

Stevens joins a growing number of Republicans who are speaking out and pledging not to back Trump if he wins the GOP nomination. Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) emailed supporters Tuesday and said he refuses to back someone "so lacking in the judgement, temperament and character needed to be our nation's commander-in-chief." Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said he will look for a third-party candidate if Trump makes it to the general election. 

Stevens has criticized Trump for months. Trump, meanwhile, has tweeted at Stevens to mock him for Romney's loss. 

Former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told reporters Tuesday that he believes Republicans should get in line behind the eventual Republican nominee, even if it's Trump. 

"I believe when you're faced with a choice with Clinton corruption, appointing radical judges with a disastrous foreign policy, it's very hard for any serious Republican to not support the Republican nominee," he said at a rally in Virginia for former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), another Republican candidate. Gingrich has not yet made an endorsement in the 2016 race.

Stevens recently went on the HuffPost podcast Candidate Confessional and talked about why Romney lost in 2012. Listen here: 

Editor's Note: Donald Trump is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynistbirther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.

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