WASHINGTON - The New York Times named former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn as one of the conservatives being discussed as possible third-party candidates for president - should Donald Trump win the presidential nomination.

The anti-Trump Republicans plan to use the six weeks between the last primaries and the mid-July convention to woo individual delegates. Should that effort falter, those conservatives are prepared to back an independent candidate, the Times reports.

Coburn is one of the people being considered by Republican leaders who are opposed to Donald Trump's candidacy, the Times said in an article Sunday.
Coburn resigned from the Senate in 2015 due to health problems. 

The Times said Coburn has not ruled out a run. 

In interviews with News On 6, Coburn said Trump preys on people's fears as have other "bad leaders." The NYT said Coburn believes Trump "needs to be stopped."

Another person named as a possible independent candidate was former Texas Governor Rick Perry.