A Third Party Candidate Just Emerged to Take on Trump

Posted: Apr 28, 2020 9:25 PM
A Third Party Candidate Just Emerged to Take on Trump

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Congressman Justin Amash, a Republican-turned-Independent, on Tuesday announced that he is exploring the possibility of running for president. He is hoping to seek the Libertarian Party nomination. 

Amash made the announcement on Twitter:

According to his website, the goal is to rein in government.

"We're ready. For something new. For a government that secures our rights. For equality before the law. For an end to cronyism. For a government that fulfills its purpose and recognizes its limits," his exploratory committee website states. "For practical approaches based in humility and trust of the people. For an honest, principled president who will defend the Constitution and put individuals first.

The Michigan congressman left the Republican Party In June. In July he left the House Freedom Caucus, the Republican Conference and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Last March, Amash talked about running against President Donald Trump, especially after going head-to-head with the president over impeachment.

"I think we need to return to basic American principles, talk about what we have in common as a people, because I believe we have a lot in common as Americans and try to move forward together rather than fighting each other all the time," the congressman said at the time.