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.