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Romney Warns GOP Voters Against Casting An ‘Emotional,’ ‘Angry,’ ‘Protest Vote’ In 2016 Primaries

Speaking at a private fundraiser in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, on Tuesday evening, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney cautioned Congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in order to stall the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Turning to the 2016 presidential race, Romney also warned Republican voters against casting an “emotional vote, a protest vote, an anger vote” in the GOP primaries.

“Emotion is understandably at play in Washington among some of our fellow Republicans,” Romney told the group of conservatives. “I badly want Obamacare to go away, and stripping it of funds has appeal. But we need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government.”

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He added that the problems faced by politically favorable constituencies dependent on the government like soldiers, veterans, and seniors in the wake of a shutdown would not reflect well on the GOP.

Romney also said that Republicans should not “cast an emotional vote, a protest vote, an anger vote” in the 2016 primaries. He did not specify which prospective presidential candidates would be the beneficiaries of a GOP “protest vote,” but it is logical to assume that he was referring to Republicans, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who support a government shutdown in order to hinder the ACA’s implementation.

h/t ABC News

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