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Newcomer Evan McMullin: I Want to Present Alternative to Hillary, Trump


By    |   Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:35 AM

Former CIA agent and political newcomer Evan McMullin said Tuesday he decided to run for the presidency because he wants to give Americans who back neither Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton an alternative candidate to support.

"I think Americans ought to be able to vote for somebody they are excited about, somebody they support, not somebody who they are supporting just to oppose the other person," McMullin, who until Monday was working as the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "We have Republicans voting saying they are going to support Hillary and others saying they are going to support Tump, but it's all avoiding a more difficult decision."

McMullin, a graduate of Brigham Young University with a stint as a Mormon missionary, is anticipated to do well in Utah. He told the program that people from his state are "very disenchanted with their options this year."

"We've had an enormous outpouring of support since we announced," McMullin said. "People are volunteering by the thousands literally to support us, to be active in Utah and elsewhere. So we think we're doing a good thing there but we hope to carry that message."

McMullin could have some difficulty getting onto state ballots, where many deadlines have passed, but he said Tuesday there are many ways to still get into the race.

"People don't know all the details about getting onto ballots, actually," the 40-year-old new candidate said. "There are many ways to do it. One is through petitions. There's still states that we can petition onto. But there are other ways to get on those ballots. I have a very experienced team that's been studying this for quite some time. We intend to have broad ballot access across the country."

"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, when announcing McMullin's selection on Monday, noted that there are "Republicans, from let's just say, 'never Trump land,' found somebody and they're going to put good money behind him," and McMullin confirmed that there are donations already coming in.

"I jumped into the pool yesterday, and I didn't know if there was going to be water, and I'm going to tell you there is," McMullin said. "We had a tremendous amount of small dollar donations across the country."

Big donors, in the meantime, "have been aware of this" over the last couple of weeks, McMullin said, and there have been "communications."

Aside from presenting himself as an alternative candidate, McMullin said he wants to send the message that both Clinton and Trump are not fit for the presidency.

"On one side, you have Hillary Clinton who believes that she's unaccountable to the American people," he said. "[This] is highly problematic at a time when Americans don't feel they are being heard by the government."

As far as Trump: "Where do you start? As a former CIA officer, I deeply believe that Donald Trump harms the strength and prosperity of this country. Donald seeks to divide us. He seeks to pit us against each other, one race and religion against the other."

McMullin is also calling for moving the power "closer to the people," as there is a "bunch of power centered in the executive branch where it shouldn't be, according to the Constitution. It should be with elected representatives in Congress."

Power at the state level, he continued, is far more accountable and citizens can meet with their representatives more easily.

McMullin said he does have the "utmost respect" for House Speaker Paul Ryan, and called him a "true statesman" who is in a difficult position when it comes to Trump.

He also believes many Americans are supporting Trump, though, because here is "enormous frustration."

"Donald Trump, for all his faults and dangers, he has galvanized and heard the voices of people who are really disaffected," said McMullin. "The problem is he's taken that disaffection and combined it with their deepest fears, not for the country by his own empowerment."

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