Report: Sad GOPers Name Candidate to Run Against Trump, Clinton

His name is David French and he recaps Game of Thrones
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2016 5:40 PM CDT
Bill Kristol, center, appears on "Real Time With Bill Maher" in 2014.   (AP Photo/HBO, Janet Van Ham)

(Newser) Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, with the help of Mitt Romney and other Republicans, has been threatening to run a third-party candidate against Trump and Clinton for a while now—even going so far as to approach Mark Cuban, apparently. Over the weekend, Kristol tweeted: "There will be an independent candidate--an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.” Now Bloomberg reports it knows who that candidate is: David French. It cites two Republicans "familiar with Bill Kristol's efforts."

French is a veteran of the Iraq War with a Bronze Star and a writer for the National Review. The Hill reports he is a constitutional lawyer out of Harvard Law School with experience in think tanks. He also writes Game of Thrones recaps. “To say that he would be a better and a more responsible president than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is to state a truth that would become self-evident as more Americans got to know him," Bloomberg quotes Kristol as saying. Sources say French hasn't made a final decision but is open to running. And word is he already has the support of a number of conservative donors. Oddly, French wrote a column just last week begging Romney to run. According to Politico, Trump doesn't appear worried about a third-party candidate, claiming Kristol is just “trying to get publicity for his failing magazine.” (Read more third party candidacy stories.)

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