Rep. Justin Amash took to the Sunday morning political programs to defend his July 4 editorial announcing his departure from the Republican Party — and suggested he may end up running for president.
Amash appeared first on CNN’s “State of the Union” to announced that he’s mulling over the possibility of running as a third party candidate for president. Amash is libertarian, but says he would be open to launching a bid as an Independent.
“I still wouldn’t rule anything like that out, I believe I have to use my skills, my public influence, where it serves the country best,” Amash said. “And I believe I have to defend the Constitution in whichever way that works best.”
When he runs to retain his Congressional seat in November, Amash will run as an Independent instead of as a Republican, a decision he announced in a widely touted op-ed published on July 4 — a declaration of independence, so to speak, from the GOP. In the essay, Amash says he isn’t blaming a single entity for his decision and did not name President Donald Trump, though Amash is, so far, the only Republican member of Congress to join the campaign to begin impeachment proceedings.
“I’ve had concerns with the Republican Party for several years,” Amash wrote. “I’ve had concerns with the party system generally. When I first got to Congress I thought I could change things from the inside, but as I’ve spent time there I’ve seen that not only me, I don’t think there is anyone in there who can change the system.” (Read more from “Trump-Hater Amash Might Run for President” HERE)