Justin Amash Announces He Is Forming an Exploratory Committee for President 


Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) is considering seeking an opportunity to face President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

Amash took to Twitter to announce he is forming an exploratory committee for president to seek a nomination for the Libertarian Party.

“Today, I launched an exploratory committee to seek the [Libertarian Party’s] nomination for president of the United States,” Amash wrote.

He added, “Americans are ready for practical approaches based in humility and trust of the people.”

“I’m excited and honored to be taking these first steps toward serving Americans of every background as president.”

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In early April, Amash suggested, “Trump versus Biden” is not what Americans need at the moment.

“Trump versus Biden is not the contest America deserves or the one it needs right now,” he wrote.

His announcement comes just after he said he was “looking closely” at a run for president, as IJR previously reported.

Amash was asked by reporters about a potential run for president last summer but repeatedly declined.

On May 25, the Libertarian Party is set to announce a nomination at its convention.

Amash has been critical of Trump in the past, being the only Republican to vote for his impeachment in the House.

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He also joined two of his fellow colleagues to pen a one-sentence resolution to refute Trump’s original claim he has “total” authority as president, as IJR previously reported.

Trump previously clashed with reporters over his declaration he has power over states to lift coronavirus restrictions.

Biden gained momentum after a rough start as he garnered more delegates and endorsements than Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Sanders endorsed Biden shortly after dropping his bid for president and former President Barack Obama’s (D) endorsement followed just a day later.

Biden can add another endorsement to his list as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton threw her support behind him on Tuesday.

“We need a leader, a president like Joe Biden,” Clinton said.

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