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Romney Recruiting Kasich, Sasse for Third Party Presidential Run


Kasich said he was not interested.

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 07: Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, speaks at the podium as he concedes the presidency during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on November 7, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. After voters went to the polls in the heavily contested presidential race, networks projected incumbent U.S. President Barack Obama has won re-election against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may not be interested in a third party run, but he's looking for someone who is.

Conservative thinkers like Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, radio show host Erick Erickson and Republican strategist Rick Wilson who are adamantly against presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump are hoping to find a third party alternative.

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Believing they have only a few weeks to find a candidate, they are turning to Romney to recruit the right candidate, according Washington Post report published Saturday.

Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, has made personal overtures to both Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who suspended his presidential campaign earlier this month, and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse (R), one of Trump's most outspoken critics.

John Weaver, Kasich's chief strategist, said the governor is uninterested in launching a third party campaign. A spokesperson for Sasse declined to comment to The Hill.

The likelihood of a third party campaign launching at this late stage in the presidential cycle is not looking good, the report noted. Deadlines for getting on the ballot in large states like Texas have already passed, but organizers argue that a legal challenge would be successful.

Kristol met with Romney earlier this month in hopes of convincing the former Massachusetts governor to launch a third party presidential bid. Romney seemed uninterested in running.

Prominent Republican activists tried to convince billionaire Mark Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks, to run, too.

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