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.
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.