The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol tells Newsmax TV
he is sticking with his call for a third-party candidate, and doesn't fear such a candidate could end up like Ross Perot's failed bid for president in 1992.
Perot is seen as taking votes away from incumbent President George H.W. Bush, handing the '92 election to Democrat Bill Clinton.
But, Kristol said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show," presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump could end up being the "Ross Perot" of 2016, with the "independent Republicans" taking 43 percent of the vote.
Republicans who back Trump now that he is the nominee say that Trump at least has vowed to make conservative Supreme Court appointments. But Kristol isn't impressed.
"Do you think that Trump appointees are going to overturn Roe v. Wade?" he said. "You really think Donald Trump is going to do more than any previous Republican president? He's going to appoint such conservative appointees that they are going to overturn Roe v. Wade?"
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Trump has not given any thought to Supreme Court nominees, Kristol said.
"Who would be his top adviser? Chris Christie?" he asked. "Are you happy with Chris Christie?"
Kristol said he'd still love to see former Sen. Tom Coburn or Sen. Ben Sasse – who says he wants a third party alternative – take up the mantle.
"He can vote for himself," Kristol said of Sasse. "That's what I keep telling him, but he may decide that he has other obligations that prevent him from running."
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