National Review is urging Mitt Romney to throw his hat in the ring as a third-party presidential candidate, insisting the former governor of Massachusetts is the only person who can save the nation "from future calamity."
"Let's be clear about our nation's plight: At this moment, American voters face a choice between two historically corrupt, dishonest, and incompetent politicians," National Review
Staff Writer David French writes in an essay published Tuesday.
"The American people need the chance to make a better choice. Given the stakes of the election, to simply leave the race to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is to guarantee a terrible presidency marked by incompetence and cronyism.
"There is just one hope — however slim — of avoiding this national disaster: America needs a third option. And at this point, Mitt Romney is the only man who combines the integrity, financial resources, name recognition, and broad public support to make a realistic independent run at the presidency."
French says as a third-party candidate, Romney will "introduce the chance of a different outcome, giving millions of Americans the important option to choose a man of integrity as their president … No one else is stepping up to risk his political future, Mitt. The country you love needs you now more than ever."
National Review's Romney pitch comes four months after it dedicated an entire issue to Trump
, calling him a "a menace to conservatism" who should not be elected president of the United States.
The issue, titled "Against Trump," featured commentary by 22 conservative leaders.
Romney has repeatedly said he is not interested in running after his two past unsuccessful attempts to become commander-in-chief. But there continue to be reports of behind-the-scenes discussions by Republicans about such a possibility.
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