As complaints increase from Donald Trump about the nominating process of the Republican Party – one he joined enthusiastically this past June – the uncertainty in the battle that has tightened between him and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is rekindled speculation about a possibility of having alternative candidates enter into the fray.
The most recent name to surface as a late 2016 entry for the presidential bid was retired General James Mattis, who is the former commander of the Central Command.
A lengthy report was released by The Daily Mail last week about a group of billionaire donors trying to convince the retired general to consider running as an independent.
According to that report, close to one dozen conservative donors are already set to back Mattis financially and have already started working with operative in the political arena to draft up memos on strategy, which apparently were delivered to the blunt spoken, colorful retired general.
However, Mattis recently said that the speculation was nothing but idle talk.
Michael Bloomberg the former Mayor of New York City also flirted recently with a possible bid as an independent only in the end deciding against it.
Mitt Romney the GOP nominee in 2013 who lost to President Obama decided over a year ago that he would not run this time despite inside pressure to do so.
However, his public efforts against Trump have kept his name in the public eye. Other third party possible candidates such as Gary Johnson from New Mexico continue floating their names as an alternative this coming November for voters who are dissatisfied.
Of course, there also is Paul Ryan the Speaker of the House who says he is not interested in being the nominee for the GOP, but has frequently had his name floated out there as someone who could be a pick at the convention in July.
Over this past weekend, one national newspaper reported that Ryan’s efforts to remain in the public eye, including in one video that had music that was campaign style with Ryan bemoaning the state of today’s politics.
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said a week ago that speculation that was surrounding Ryan is natural. Hatch called Ryan one of Capitol Hill’s great leaders who brings the two sides together.