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Mitt Romney met privately with William Kristol, who is leading the effort to draft an independent candidate

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n 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.

“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 said in a phone interview Friday, during which he confirmed that he and Romney had a “little meeting in Washington.”

But knowing Romney’s reluctance, Kristol told Romney that if he remains unwilling to run, many top conservatives would appreciate having the former Massachusetts governor’s support for an independent candidate, should Kristol and other right-leaning figures enlist a willing contender.

“Obviously, if there were to be an independent candidacy, Romney’s support would be very important,” Kristol said. “I wanted to get his wisdom on whether it was more or less doable than I thought.”

“It was not like, ‘You should do it.’ I wouldn’t presume he’d do it. But I’m hoping that he begins to think about it a little more,” Kristol said. “His name is one of the names that is part of the discussion.”



Wow, these guys will do ANYTHING to keep Trump from winning the presidency. The Ron Paul stunts were nothing compared to what they are doing now.  How far will they go?  Romney? Romneycare... equals Obammycare and not a damn thing will change if they manage to pull this off. 

I want rid of these pigs at the trough feeding off of us. 

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I don't think anybody would even consider Romney...so if he throws in a ring for independent, it probably won't do anything.  Cruz and the guy from Ohio are bailing out, so maybe this is the time for Romney to get the message. 

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