Justin Amash Refuses to Rule Out Potential Presidential Run as Third-Party Candidate After Exiting GOP

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) refused to rule out a potential presidential run on a third-party ticket following his departure from the Republican Party on the Fourth of July.

During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper asked Amash — who, prior to leaving the party, was the only Republican in favor of opening impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump — if he was considering a run at the White House.

Tapper had previously asked the independent congressman about his 2020 presidential election plans earlier this year while he was still a Republican.

Amash responded by saying that he “wouldn’t rule” the idea out and that he believed that he needed to use his “public influence” in the ways that “serve the country best.”

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“I still wouldn’t rule anything like that out,” said Amash. “I believe that I have to use my skills, my public influence, where it serves the country best.”

He went on to say that he also believes that he needs to “defend the Constitution” in the way he thinks “works best” — even if it means “doing something else” — and that he “felt confident” running in his district that saw him polling 16 points below his then-Republican primary challenger state Rep. Jim Lower (R-Mich.) last month.

“I believe I have to defend the Constitution in whichever way works best,” said the former Republican. “And if that means doing something else, then I do that. But I feel confident about running in my district. I feel a close tie to my community.”

“I care a lot about my community. I want to represent them in Congress,” added Amash.

When pressed by Tapper on when the independent congressman would “make a decision on a possible presidential run,” Amash said that he “couldn’t tell” him because it was not something that was “on his radar” at the moment.

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Walter Swartz
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Walter Swartz

If Amash acts as a liberal, departs the republican party, is contemplating a run at president, and voted for impeachment without any evidence at all, he is definitely a plant. He did the party a favor by leaving. By the way, thank you for that, we don’t want wishy washy people influencing our principles. Good Riddance!

Sandra Jenkins
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Says the politician without a party. I think he should run. And I hope all three of his supporters gets out and votes for him. I think he is a Democrat plant. Shut up and go hone loser.

Pat Warnock
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Amess gets more and more delusional

Tom Bodine
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Raise $$$$, poll at 1%, drop out of race and keep the $$$$$, sounds OK to me.

James
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Sounds like this moron used to be a DemocRAT before switching to the GOP; then decided he lacked the common sense to fit in with the normal people.

Screwtape
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Vote for me! I not only betrayed my own party’s interest but gave a huge F you to the voters who elected me. Trust me…..

Amash will get exactly the voters he deserves and I want him to run. Not only will it draw the “stupid” vote but also their $$.

John
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John

What person with a brain would vote for him?

Johnnie Wood
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Johnnie Wood

Ha!

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