Romney a third party candidate? Unlikely, experts say

Posted at 6:30 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 20:30:31-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Mitt Romney met with a high-profile conservative magazine editor on Thursday in Washington D.C., to talk about the possibility of a third party run for the White House.

William Kristol is founder and editor of the magazine The Weekly Standard, and has been a frequent critic of Donald Trump.

Quin Monson, Director of Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, said Romney is unlikely to oppose Trump and likely Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton.

“That would take a lot of money and a lot of effort with some probability of success that's pretty slim at this point,” Monson said.

The most successful alternative bid in U.S. History was run by a man who had already served two terms as President.

Teddy Roosevelt held the office from 1901-09, leaving to pursue other interests. He got bored with those other interests four years later and tried to retake the White House under the banner of his self-styled “Bull Moose” Party.

Roosevelt’s 27 percent of the vote topped his Republican successor, William Howard Taft, but he didn’t come close to Democrat Woodrow Wilson, who took the office with 42 percent.