On this weekend’s broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” conservative commentator Pat Buchanan weighed in on Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol’s possible third-party “Never Trump” candidate National Review contributor David French.
Buchanan and the rest of “The McLaughlin Group” panelists dismissed the possibility of French as a serious candidate, with Buchanan adding Kristol was making himself “look ridiculous.”
Partial transcript as follows:
MCLAUGHLIN: Who is David French and what impact will his candidacy have?
BUCHANAN: He’s Bill Kristol’s candidate and national review I think and “The Weekly Standard”. He’s a very nice fellow. He’s a writer for “The National Review”. Nobody knows who he is. I don’t know that he’s fully committed himself to do this.
BUCHANAN: And Kristol is making himself look ridiculous.
CLIFT: It was a big nothing burger after a lot of tweets about he was going to produce this super credible candidate.
BUCHANAN: Well, I mean —
MCLAUGHLIN: You know what the movement is?
ROGAN: Never Trump.
MCLAUGHLIN: Never Trump. How did you know that?
BUCHANAN: He didn’t start it. He joined it. I mean, French joined it. He didn’t start it.
ROGAN: No, but he’s —
MCLAUGHLIN: I’m talking Bill Kristol.
BUCHANAN: How did that work out?
CLIFT: Not very well.
PAGE: That’s the problem. I mean, French is a very attractive candidate, except nobody knows who he is.
BUCHANAN: He’s a good candidate for Congress, but for president of the United States?
ROGAN: And that might be what it is, Tennessee, right? That you might consider —
MCLAUGHLIN: Will he draw about as many as the Green Party. The Green Party?
CLIFT: No, first —
PAGE: Green Party is better known than he is. I mean —
CLIFT: They’re not on the ballot anywhere.
BUCHANAN: No, and all these deadlines are passing.
BUCHANAN: You can’t get on in Texas. You only needed about 100,000 signatures.
CLIFT: Or Illinois. He can’t get on Illinois.
ROGAN: Look, he’s a very decent man, a combat veteran. But I think it will ultimately, I think Gary Johnson will have much more of formative impact on the outcome of the race.
CLIFT: If Gary Johnson were a combat veteran, he’d be Kristol’s choice. I mean, Kristol really wants the military component.
ROGAN: That’s —
PAGE: Besides that, not having — but being on the ballot on all 50 states is a big plus for the Libertarians.
As you know, Pat, it’s very hard to get on the ballot in any of these states.
BUCHANAN: It sure is.
PAGE: There’s very little time left.
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