Romney meets with leader of third-party effort

Mitt Romney met this week with William Kristol, who is pushing for a third-party alternative to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAre Democrats turning Trump-like? The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE

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“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 Washington Post Friday.

Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, told the Post that he and Romney had met on Thursday in D.C.

And he said that even if Romney doesn't want to run himself, Kristol hopes he will support another third-party candidate.

“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 part of the discussion.”

Romney said Thursday at an event after the meeting that he would not vote for Trump, now the presumptive nominee, or Clinton.

“I don’t intend on support either of the major party candidates at this point,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner. And Romney plans to skip the convention this summer, along with many other prominent Republicans.

Romney reappeared in the political spotlight earlier this year to bash Trump, calling him "phony" and "a fraud," and was supportive of both Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE and John Kasich in their respective home-state primaries.