MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Maury County man once mentioned as a Republican conservative alternative to Donald Trump is a now an often heard voice in the presidential race.
David French, whose career includes Lipscomb University, Harvard Law, JAG Captain in Iraq and now conservative writer, has appeared on CNN, Fox and MSNBC this political season with his unique view of the White House race.
Today French sat down with News 2 from his home in the rural part Columbia, TN after having just finished another piece of wriiting on the presidential election.
French told us why he did not run despite urgings from many last June that included well-known conservative commentator Bill Kristol.
“The polling was off the charts to the theoretical openness to a third party candidate,” he told News 2. “But you had to have a pre-existing constituency or enough money to get and enough money to get out there. I did not not have a name recognition and could not write a check to get on all the ballots.”
David French, whose career includes Lipscomb University, Harvard Law, JAG Captain in Iraq and now conservative writer with publications like the National Review, has appeared on CNN, Fox and MSNBC this political season with his unique view of the White House race.
“I am going to write someone in,” said French. “I think it is really important at this point, particularly for conservative Christians, to not participate in the election of an unfit person for president. And both are unfit.”
And forget the Trump talk about women or Hillary’s emails says the former soldier who was on the front lines in Iraq.
He points the battles now underway in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul as the “most significant” recent political event.
“The next president will be able to come in with Iraq largely held by American allies. Iraq will be largely in the American camp, largely cleaned of Jihadists. That’s a tremendous advantage for any president.” said French. “If the Mosul offensive fails, which is possible, but not likely, then it will be even worse for the next president.”
As for the future, French said he’s not ruling anything out politically.
Its a lesson all politicians usually learn, but in his case, it was apparently learned with only a few days this year in the national political spotlight.
French spoke on wide range of familiar political topics during his News 2 interview. Click here to view the full interview on your mobile device.