Justin Amash Announces He Is Forming an Exploratory Committee for President 

Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) is considering seeking an opportunity to face President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

Amash took to Twitter to announce he is forming an exploratory committee for president to seek a nomination for the Libertarian Party.

“Today, I launched an exploratory committee to seek the [Libertarian Party’s] nomination for president of the United States,” Amash wrote.

He added, “Americans are ready for practical approaches based in humility and trust of the people.”

“I’m excited and honored to be taking these first steps toward serving Americans of every background as president.”

In early April, Amash suggested, “Trump versus Biden” is not what Americans need at the moment.

“Trump versus Biden is not the contest America deserves or the one it needs right now,” he wrote.

His announcement comes just after he said he was “looking closely” at a run for president, as IJR previously reported.

Amash was asked by reporters about a potential run for president last summer but repeatedly declined.

On May 25, the Libertarian Party is set to announce a nomination at its convention.

Amash has been critical of Trump in the past, being the only Republican to vote for his impeachment in the House.

He also joined two of his fellow colleagues to pen a one-sentence resolution to refute Trump’s original claim he has “total” authority as president, as IJR previously reported.

Trump previously clashed with reporters over his declaration he has power over states to lift coronavirus restrictions.

Biden gained momentum after a rough start as he garnered more delegates and endorsements than Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Sanders endorsed Biden shortly after dropping his bid for president and former President Barack Obama’s (D) endorsement followed just a day later.

Biden can add another endorsement to his list as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton threw her support behind him on Tuesday.

“We need a leader, a president like Joe Biden,” Clinton said.

Responses

    1. I am confused.

      Walsh was one the most rabid conservatives going who helped found the misnomer “Freedom” Caucus. What liberal in their right mind would ever vote for such a person? There was nothing freedom about them.

      On the other hand, cruel, simpelton conservatives would dive in head first to put a checkmark beside his name taking votes away from an inept and incompetent incumbent.

      1. Biden needs to flip very specific states. If Amash runs, Biden will lose the votes from Never Trumpers, some independents, and potentially even right leaning Democrats. Some of those votes Clinton had in 2016.

        The election isn’t going to be a walk in the park. Biden is going to need every vote he can get. I’m just not convinced Amash would pull a lot of votes from Trump’s base. I could be wrong.

        1. “If Amash runs, Biden will lose the votes from Never Trumpers, some independents, and potentially even right leaning Democrats.” Phoenix

          So you are saying that an ultra rightwinger will hurt a Democratic candidate more that the conservative candidate.

          Good luck with that bet.

  1. What an IDIOT!! How can he possibly amass enough cash and become known for people to vote for his sorry behind over even Creepy Biden? I would have suggested he wait until December 2020 before making such an asinine move. He’d have just as much success. He’s one of those “None of the Above” candidates. #Moron.

    1. He doesn’t have to win. He just has to help ensure that the American Fascist Party’s candidate does not win.

      The DNC runs this kind of tactic in their primaries against progressives all of the time.

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