David French, the National Review writer and decorated veteran who was considering a quixotic run for the presidency announced late Sunday that he would not be running.
“Here is a sentence I never thought I’d type: After days of prayer, reflection, and serious study of the possibilities, I am not going to run as an independent candidate for president of the United States,” he wrote in a column Sunday.
French explained that while he still believed a third party candidate could win the presidency, he was not the person for the job. “Given the timing, the best chance for success goes to a person who either is extraordinarily wealthy (or has immediate access to extraordinary wealth) or is a transformational political talent,” he wrote. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve my country, and I thank God for the successes I’ve had as a lawyer and a writer, but it is plain to me that I’m not the right person for this effort.
French entered the national limelight when Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol hinted in May that an independent candidate with a good chance of winning would soon be entering the race. The candidate in question turned out to be French, rather than a more nationally known figure like Mitt Romney as many expected.
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