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Bill Kristol revealed his “strong” choice for an independent candidate who cannot appear on many state ballots, a no name judge with 0 charisma named “French.” The people began laughing.



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Two Republicans intimately familiar with Bill Kristol’s efforts to recruit an independent presidential candidate to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have told Bloomberg Politics that the person Kristol has in mind is David French — whose name the editor of the Weekly Standard floated in the current issue of the magazine.

French is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to the website of National Review, where French is a staff writer, he is a constitutional lawyer, a recipient of the Bronze Star, and an author of several books who lives in Columbia, Tenn., with his wife Nancy and three children.

Reached in Israel late Tuesday afternoon, Kristol declined to comment on his efforts to induce French to run. The two Republicans confirmed that French is open to launching a bid, but that he has not made a final decision. One of the Republicans added that French has not lined up a vice-presidential running mate or significant financial support.

David French is a staff writer at National Review.
David French is a staff writer at National Review.
Photograph: National Review

However, according to this person, some conservative donors look favorably on the prospect of French entering the fray.



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