Ballot Access News reports former George W. Bush chief media strategist Mark McKinnon proposed in an interview with NPR on Thursday that if the Republican Party nominates billionaire real estate magnate Donald Trump for president, establishment Republicans may seek to qualify for an independent presidential ticket with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as their nominee.
McKinnon, who admitted he voted for Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson in 2012, told host Robert Siegel of the “wild and improbable” scenario where a Romney candidacy could happen:
[Trump] starts to gather enough delegates where it actually looks like he could win the nomination. The Republican establishment completely freaks out. They get together and say, this is unacceptable, but it looks like it’s going to happen. So we go off, and we create a new Republican Party as an Independent candidacy and draft somebody who’s tanned, rested and ready to go and with a lot of money, somebody like Mitt Romney.
McKinnon said the more likely scenario would see Trump attain enough delegates “to be a real nuisance at the [Republican] convention where he can leverage some agreement or get something out of it so that he can walk away with a win.”