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 TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe real reason Biden is going to the COP26 climate summit Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 MORE


“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 RubioHillicon Valley — TikTok, Snapchat seek to distance themselves from Facebook Rubio calls for federal investigation into Amazon employee benefits Senate GOP campaign arm outraises Democratic counterpart in September MORE and John Kasich in their respective home-state primaries.