Mitt Romney Takes Meeting About Third- Party Run
William Kristol is looking for someone to run
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2016 4:10 PM CDT
Mitt Romney speaks during a John Kasich campaign stop in March.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney and William Kristol met privately "over glasses of water" Thursday to discuss running a third-party candidate and the possibility that candidate might be Romney himself, the Washington Post reports. Kristol, a conservative commentator and editor of the Weekly Standard, has been a major part of the #NeverTrump movement, according to Time. “[Romney] came pretty close to being elected president, so I thought he may consider doing it, especially since he has been very forthright in explaining why Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should not be president of the United States,” Kristol tells the Post. Romney announced this week that he won't be supporting Trump for president.

The Washington Examiner reports Romney sounded much like an independent candidate during an awards gala for American Friends of the Hebrew University this week. "I wish we had better choices, and I keep hoping that somehow things will get better, and I just don't see an easy answer from where we are," Romney said during the event. But if Romney won't run—and he's said recently he won't—Kristol still wants his support for an eventual third-party candidate. Kristol says he has a list of potential candidates he's working on, and he tells CNN that Romney has agreed to help if they're able to find someone to run.