Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus quickly put down efforts by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol to launch an independent bid for president from National Review columnist David French on Thursday morning.
Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program, the GOP’s chief official said that those “involved” with pushing an independent bid from French are “embarrassing themselves” with a “silly” endeavor that is basically a “suicide mission.” While they did not name Kristol, or 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney—who tweeted tacit support for French the night of reports that Kristol’s candidate is French—it’s clear that Priebus was talking about them.
“I don’t really know him,” Priebus said of French when Hewitt asked about it. He added:
I think it’s a little bit of a…Look, I don’t want to say anything disparaging against the guy because I don’t know him, and I’m sure he’s a good person, but I think it’s also just a sort of suicide mission and a huge distraction. I don’t see it going anywhere. I think in order to be a viable third party candidate I think you have to have national name ID and a ton of cash in order to get even a blip on the radar. So I don’t really even think about it, Hugh. I think it’s sort of silly, to tell you the truth. I have to say—I think the people involved with it are embarrassing themselves.
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