WASHINGTON —Reince Priebus, the chairperson of the Republican National Committee said that It is too late now to field an independent candidate who could serve as a conservative alternative to Trump.
“It is far too late,” said Mr. Priebus said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday. He also added that another candidate would bring a disaster to Republicans in Nov.
“Some folks find it to be interesting & that is great,” said Reince Priebus. “But it is not likely & it is probably too late & there’s no definitive answer right now as to who the nominee is going to be of our party.”
The New York Times reported that if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, the “leading conservatives are prepared to field an independent candidate in general election.” Names that are under consideration are Tom Coburn – the former Oklahoma Senator and Rick Perry – former Texas Governor.
Asked about the possibility of a 3rd-party conservative candidate, Donald Trump also said it would doom the Republicans.
“You might as well just hand the election to Clinton or whoever runs, because frankly, the Republicans would not even have 1% of a chance of winning if that is the case,” said Donald Trump on Sunday. “So if they are going to be stupid and if they are going to do that instead of embracing these millions of people that are coming in to vote, then they are going to have to do that.”
When Stephanopoulos asked Priebus if Republican nominee would be Donald Trump or either of his opponents, Senator Ted Cruz or John Kasich, he said that he could not guarantee that for certain.
“I think it would be highly unlikely if it is not,” he said. “I cannot 100% guarantee that. But I cannot imagine right now sitting here believing it’d be anyone but the 3 remaining candidates.”