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Kristol: Romney or Kasich Should Oppose Trump at Convention

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By    |   Sunday, 10 Jul 2016 07:21 PM

With the Republican National Convention just a week away, Bill Kristol, editor of the respected Weekly Standard has appealed to either Mitt Romney or John Kasich to announce their willingness to serve as the GOP presidential nominee so that delegates know they have a real choice other than Donald Trump.

Kristol argues that the main problem with the movement to reject Trump at the convention is that no other candidate has presented himself as a possible nominee, and, thus, delegates fear that the chaos that would ensue without a clear alternative would be worse than nominating Trump.

Kristol, who has been a major force in the "Never Trump" movement, compares this to the feeling that "you can't jump off one horse without another at the ready, that you shouldn't abandon one ship without another seaworthy vessel at hand."

With this is mind, he states that if there were a real choice, delegates would feel more assured of using their own judgment to reject someone who he says is not fit to be the party’s nominee.

Kristol explained that he has called on Romney or Kasich because other senior party figures have either ruled themselves out or declared they have backed Trump.

Politico reported recently that the movement to deny the real estate mogul the nomination has grown stronger, and party insiders who had been skeptical of the anti-Trump movement's ability are now more convinced that the rebel delegates will mount a challenge.

Some members of the movement believe that even a minority report in one of the key committees could allow for a secret ballot on the convention floor, opening the door for a 'conscience' vote – and a Trump loss.

However, the attempt is still seen as an uphill battle, especially after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker last week agreed to speak at the convention and rejected the idea that Trump could be replaced as the GOP nominee just a short time after he said delegates to the convention should be free to vote their conscience and became a key ally of the stop-Trump campaign.

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With the Republican National Convention just a week away, Bill Kristol, editor of the respected Weekly Standard has appealed to either Mitt Romney or John Kasich to announce their willingness to serve as the GOP presidential nominee so that delegates know they have a real...
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