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Mitt Romney‘s name has surfaced in talks about a possible third-party run.
The Washington Post reported that Romney met Thursday with Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol:
In spite of his insistence that he will not run, Mitt Romney is being courted this week by a leading conservative commentator to reconsider and jump into the volatile 2016 presidential race as an independent candidate.
William Kristol, the longtime editor of the Weekly Standard magazine and a leading voice on the right, met privately with the 2012 nominee on Thursday afternoon to discuss the possibility of launching an independent bid, potentially with Romney as its standard-bearer.
Kristol confirmed to the Post that he and Romney had a “little meeting in Washington.”
“He 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 told the newspaper.
Kristol added that he was not necessarily courting Romney to run, but wanted the 2012 GOP presidential nominee’s thoughts on whether a third-party candidacy was doable.
“It was not like, ‘You should do it.’ I wouldn’t presume he’d do it,” he said. “But I’m hoping that he begins to think about it a little more. His name is one of the names that is part of the discussion.”
And to help get tongues a’wagging, Kristol took to social media to run Romney’s name up the flag pole:
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 6, 2016
Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin took the idea of the former Massachusetts governor running a step further:
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) May 6, 2016
All of which set social media a’twitter with reactions for and against the idea… here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:
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@washingtonpost not surprising / the Romney family has a history of party disloyalty
— Wilhelm II (@knightofgood) May 7, 2016
This is going to be fabulous entertainment!
— +DemWhore Cheri ✌ (@coldwomaninmn) May 7, 2016
— Carla R (@CarlaRK3) May 7, 2016
@BillKristol Mitt should run again, he looks like the adult compared to the other two.
— Brad (@Brad_Hope) May 6, 2016
— Douglas Rogers (@douglasprogers) May 6, 2016
— Aunt Pittypat (@suthernboy100) May 6, 2016
— Tori Hart (@ToriHart4) May 7, 2016
— Kasich Fiorina (@KasichFiorina) May 6, 2016
— Justin Evans (@scpolitico) May 6, 2016
— Buck Rogers (@david_o_connell) May 6, 2016
— Fred Nicolaysen (@phred47) May 6, 2016
— J. McCavendish (@limitlesskait) May 6, 2016
— mssomnio (@mssomnio) May 7, 2016
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