WASHINGTON - “Donald Trump poses a true threat to our republic. He must be stopped. He must not be our president.”
You may not have heard of him, but Evan McMullin is running for President of the United States as an independent candidate. He is a conservative and is a part of the Never Trump movement.
However, he is late to the game and working to get his name on as many ballots as possible. He recently got enough signatures to get on the ballot in Virginia.
So why should voters consider McMullin?
“I'm the only one in this race who has credible national security experience,” he said. “I'm also the only one who understands how to get this economy up and running again. And I'm definitely the only one who understands what kind of reforms we need to make in this government so that the people finally feel like their voices are being heard, so that their voices are heard. Right now, we have a government that is unaccountable to the American people and I think Hillary Clinton demonstrates that and I think Donald Trump would as well as president.”
The 40-year-old was born in Provo, Utah, and attended Brigham Young University. He got his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which Donald Trump also attended as an undergraduate. McMullin has never held political office, but he is a former chief policy director of the House Republican Conference. He also once served as senior adviser on national security issues for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
McMullin’s candidacy is an unlikely one. Many believe he will have to rely on a contingent election to become president. It happens when no candidate gets the minimum number of votes in the Electoral College to win the race outright, which are 270 votes. Then the decision for president actually goes to the House of Representatives.
But even with that scenario that some say is unlikely, McMullin said there a few paths to victory for him.
"One is the contingent election that you mentioned, but also it is unclear what Donald Trump will end up doing for the rest of this election," he said. "I think he is imploding as a candidate. Also, he is making it very hard for Republicans, for the RNC to keep supporting him."
He added, "We hope to compete in as many states as possible. In just three weeks, we are on the ballot in nine to ten states. We are also registering as a write-in candidate in others."