David French teases 'underdog' third-party bid
Conservative lawyer David French on Wednesday teased a potential "underdog" third-party presidential run, one day after reports emerged that "Never Trump" Republicans may be recruiting him into the race.
 
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French questioned traditional political rules and conventional wisdom in an election that has seen a celebrity businessman become a major party's standard-bearer: 
Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, lauded French on Tuesday night amid reports he was being courted to launch an independent bid.
A constitutional lawyer and Iraq War veteran who writes for the conservative publication National Review, French late Tuesday tweeted a thanks to those offering him their support: 
 
Bill Kristol, the editor of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine who has led an effort to find a challenger to Trump, told CNN on Wednesday that he had zeroed in on French.
 
Two Republicans interviewed by Bloomberg said French was open to an independent bid but hadn't made a decision. French declined to comment for Bloomberg's report.
 
"He's been trying to get other people to run for a long time, so that's probably why people are considering him, you know, because he's been very adamantly anti-Trump, or at least Never Trump, Never Hillary," his wife Nancy French told NBC News on Wednesday. 
 
"So we just want someone to run. I don't know if it'll be him-it'll be quite jolting to our lives if that is the case. But he'd be great. We just don't know if it's the right thing for him to do," she added.