Conservatives who have lobbied for a third party bid from a conservative candidate can cross another name off the list of possible candidates.
David French, a self described “obscure” lawyer and columnist for the National Review said no to a presidential bid after being lauded by big names like 2012 candidate Mitt Romney and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol.
“After much thought and prayer: I’m Not Running for President,” tweeted French.
After much thought and prayer: I’m Not Running for President https://t.co/lqWQtPL5Q5
— David French (@DavidAFrench) June 6, 2016
French admitted in a National Review article that he “gave it serious thought,” and that he had “never before have both parties failed so spectacularly, producing two dishonest, deceitful candidates who should be disqualified from running for town council, much less leader of the free world.”
In the article, he continued taking swipes at both the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, and Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump, saying that both “lie habitually” and ticked off a laundry list of grievances for both.
“Hillary Clinton lies habitually and changes position on virtually every public issue except for her pro-abortion extremism, and she has a suspicious record of making public decisions that favor donors to the Clinton Foundation. Her signal foreign-policy “achievement” was helping launch a war in Libya that not only cost American lives in Benghazi but also helped transform the nation into ISIS’s latest playpen.”
“Donald Trump also lies habitually (sometimes minute by minute), and changes position based on his moods. In one breath he claims to support working men and women, and then with the next breath he threatens to destroy our economy through trade wars or by playing games with the full faith and credit of the United States.”
However, French concluded that he is not the one to challenge Trump and Clinton, because he is not “extraordinarily wealthy (or has immediate access to extraordinary wealth),” nor “a transformational political talent”:
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve my country, and I thank God for the successes I’ve had as a lawyer and a writer, but it is plain to me that I’m not the right person for this effort.”
He does see, however, there being a chance for a third party candidate that is not him, and considers those looking for an independent candidate to be a “patriot”:
“Let me also say that each person involved in the effort to recruit an independent candidate is a patriot. They are standing strong on principle when the GOP leadership—in lockstep—now marches to Trump’s beat. I admired them before this process began, and I admire them more even now.”