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Michigan congressman defends decision to run as third party candidate in presidential race

Longtime Michigan congressman critical of Republican and Democratic parties

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo Rep. Justin Amash, I-Cascade Township, holds a constituent meeting at Rising Grinds Cafe, in Grand Rapids, Mich. The first major third-party candidate is emerging in the contest between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Amash wants to seek the White House as a Libertarian after switching from Republican to independent last July 4 and voting in favor of Trumps impeachment. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo Rep. Justin Amash, I-Cascade Township, holds a constituent meeting at Rising Grinds Cafe, in Grand Rapids, Mich. The first major third-party candidate is emerging in the contest between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Amash wants to seek the White House as a Libertarian after switching from Republican to independent last July 4 and voting in favor of Trumps impeachment. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)/The Grand Rapids Press via AP) (MLive Grand Rapids Press)

DETROIT – Libertarian presidential candidate and longtime Michigan congressman Justin Amash announced he is running for president as a third-party candidate during an interview on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper Sunday morning.

Just Tuesday, Amash who represents Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District launched a website announcing he formed an exploratory committee for a presidential campaign.

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He answered a question about whether running for office would sway votes away from Democratic rival and presidential candidate Joe Biden, ultimately working in favor of President Donald Trump’s re-election.

“First of all we don’t know how an additional candidate changes a race. There are too many calculations involved so the most important thing is that we have a ballot, so if you want to vote for someone, you can vote for that person,” said Amash in response to the question.

He also talked about his belief that the Democratic and Republican parties are destroying the American political system.

Amash is a former Republican who left the party and became an Independent after Trump’s election.

Watch a portion of the interview on Twitter below:


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