Goal Not to Win But to Give Other Republicans Someone to Vote for Other than Hillary?
On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough said that “I had multiple sources last night telling me that an independent with the backing of a lot of Republican money is going to launch today.” None of the other panelists, including the well-connected Mark Halperin, had heard that.
Scarborough continued: “several good sources told me that people, Republicans from, let’s just say #NeverTrump land found somebody and they’re going to put good money behind him.” Scarborough said it would be someone “French-like,” i.e., like National Review author David French whose name was floated not long ago before withdrawing.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: I had multiple sources last night telling me that an independent with the backing of a lot of Republican money is going to launch today. You guys heard that? You heard that Mark Halperin?
MARK HALPERIN: Nope.
JOE: I could be wrong at 7:04, but several good sources told me that people, Republicans from, let’s just say #NeverTrump land found somebody and they’re going to put good money behind him.
HALPERIN: The return of David French?
HALPERIN: Bigger than French?
JEREMY PETERS: Tom Coburn?
JOE: This is French 2.0. Someone like, I mean, I think it will be in that realm. But, somebody — somebody like. Somebody French-like. But, anyway, that would, I think, again, make matters worse.
HALPERIN: It’s going to be hard to get on the ballot.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Yeah, there are some difficulties at this point. They’re stuck with Trump to an extent, are they not?
JOE: Well, you can get on ballots for up to 300 electoral votes.
HALPERIN: And you can try to bring lawsuits to the other places.
JOE: You bring lawsuits in the other places. And at this point the people that are talking about funding this are more interested in Trump losing than electing their candidate.
HALPERIN: And giving Republicans who are running for other offices someone to say they’re voting for who is not Hillary Clinton.
JOE: Right. We’ll see how my sources are. They were impeccable the other day. But anyway, go ahead.
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