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Mitt Romney won’t endorse Trump in primary or general election

The former GOP presidential nominee and current U.S. senator from Utah said Thursday ahead of the third Democratic debate that he does not intend to endorse anyone in 2020.

Mitt Romney told CNN he would not endorse in the Republican primary or the general election. Romney’s decision to sit out the GOP primary isn’t surprising given his friend and predecessor, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, is running against President Trump. But it would be extraordinary if Romney held back his endorsement when Trump is up against a Democratic nominee in the general election.

Romney and Trump have had a rocky relationship, but since being elected to the Senate, Romney has largely held back on criticisms of the president, reserving them for big moments like after the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s final report.

Third Democratic debate: Analysis and fact-checking

Ten Democratic candidates will be on stage Thursday night for the third debate of the presidential primary race. The previous two debates have been held over two nights, but the Democratic National Committee tightened the donor and polling requirements for participation, decreasing the field.

The debate is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Eastern and last three hours. It’s being held in Houston and will be aired on ABC.

On stage will be former vice president Joe Biden; Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.); Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.); South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former congressman Beto O’Rourke; Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.); businessman Andrew Yang; former HUD secretary Julián Castro; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).