Many prominent conservatives have said they consider themselves part of the #NeverTrump movement, meaning that under no circumstances would they vote for the presumptive Republican nominee, and some have gone so far as to publicly put forth the idea of recruiting a third-party candidate that they feel better represents them.
One name that has been tossed around is 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Romney has said he would not run, but until recently, he had been involved in trying to recruit a third-party candidate.
There are those #NeverTrump conservatives who wish Romney wouldn’t have given up the search. In fact, they wish he would reconsider the idea of running himself.
Over at TheResurgent.com, Redstate founder Erick Erickson writes, “Mitt Romney has given up on trying to recruit someone for a third party effort against Clinton and Trump. I opposed Romney in 2008 and 2012, but I think the time has come for Mitt Romney. I’d gladly work for a Romney presidency given the choices between Clinton and Trump.”
Erickson believes the general disenchantment with both Trump and presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, who both have historically high unfavorable ratings, means this is the perfect time for an alternative candidate to emerge.
“There is more and more data out there that the time is right for a third party bid. More and more Americans are horrified and disgusted at the thought of voting for either Trump or Clinton,” he writes.
Expanding on his point, Erickson writes, “No one wants to vote for a candidate because they are against the other candidate. People want to vote for a candidate because they like that candidate.
“Romney could provide that. I can’t believe I’m even writing this. But seriously, Mitt Romney should run for president again and transcend party for the good of the country.”
Erickson concludes that Romney should run “for the good of the country,” which is ironic since he penned an article five years ago lamenting how Romney’s nomination by the Republican party was essentially the death of conservatism.