From Quin Hillyer:
Big, exclusive news: One final new contestant may emerge this week to wrest the Republican presidential nomination away from alleged billionaire Donald Trump.
I can reliably report that the former U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, Dr. Tom Coburn, would accept a draft from the convention floor if delegates petition successfully to put his name in nomination.
For a couple of months in the spring, Dr. Coburn was the subject of serious recruitment efforts to run as an independent candidate, and he strongly considered running. Ultimately, though, Coburn declined to run.Accepting the Republican nomination obviously would not cause the same perceived problem of splitting the right-leaning vote. Coburn, a solid conservative with a long-established reputation for probity and personal decency, reportedly is appalled by many aspects of Trump’s candidacy. In February, Coburn said Trump was “perpetuating a fraud on the American people.”
Josh Hammer adds in The Resurgent:
It goes without saying that #NeverTrump and #FreeTheDelegates should unite around Coburn’s candidacy, if Hillyer’s report is confirmed. Coburn is a full-spectrum conservative—and, in particular, a hero to limited-government/fiscal conservatives—whose two-term U.S. Senate career was marked by a passionate devotion to cutting government waste. His name has been floated as a possible #NeverTrump candidate since the fateful Indiana primary, but until now, there has been no confirmation that Coburn is actually willing to challenge the orange-hued clown’s hostile takeover of the Republican Party.
Tom Coburn would be an exceptional President of the United States. I’m very sympathetic to Erick’ssuggestion of a Scott Walker-Ted Cruz ticket, but we have no confirmation of Walker’s willingness to challenge Trump from the floor. If Tom Coburn is willing, then #FreeTheDelegates should unite behind his name in a convention floor insurgency.