U.S. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska is being mentioned by some conservatives as a third party option, if Donald Trump wins the Republican presidential nomination.
The Washington Post reported Sasse’s name came up during a private meeting of some GOP operatives and conservative leaders.
Sasse tells Drive Time Lincoln host Kevin Thomas on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN that he did not know anything about the meeting.
“I wasn’t invited to it and I didn’t send any representative to it, so I don’t know any details other than what you see in the press, except that there’s not a chance that it’s going to be me,” Sasse says.
Sasse has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, even suggesting a more conservative, independent candidate should run if Trump wins the GOP nomination.
“You have a front-runner who has been able to wage, pretty much, a hostile take-over of most of a party, because it wasn’t clear what the principles of the Republican Party really were, unfortunately,” Sasse says. “What we really need is a real recovery of a core set of identity and a core set of principles about what the Republican Party stands for.”
Sasse says he cannot support Donald Trump as the nominee, but is not endorsing any of the remaining candidates.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:30]