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Evan McMullin Announces Run as Independent

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Another hat tossed into the presidential ring

By Candy Arrington

In a presidential race that is possibly one of the most contested in history, David Evan McMullin formally announced his candidacy August 8. McMullin, reportedly backed by the organization Better for America, is running as an independent and hoping to provide voters with an alternative to major party candidates. However, it remains to be seen if he will even make a ripple in the political pond or simply muddy the water.

Fast Facts about Evan McMullin

  • Born in Provo, Utah; grew up near Seattle, Washington
  • Earned a bachelor's degree in International Law and Diplomacy from Brigham Young University
  • Received an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Served as a LDS missionary to Brazil
  • Began working part-time for the CIA while in college
  • Led CIA counterterrorism and intelligence operations in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.
  • Left the CIA in 2011 to work as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs
  • Worked as chief policy director for the House Republican Conference prior to announcing his candidacy for president
  • 40-year-old conservative who has never been elected to public office
  • Is not married and does not have children

McMullin's Views on the Issues

Same-Sex Marriage – Believes in traditional marriage between a man and a woman. However, he respects the laws that have been passed and would not nominate Supreme Court judges who would overturn current laws allowing same-sex marriage.

Abortion – Life is precious and deserves protection.

National Security – Supports a strong and well-equipped military and intelligence infrastructure in the world and believes America needs a strategy to overthrow ISIS.

Economy – Reduction of government regulations to foster a dynamic economy.

Education – Local control, expanded opportunities with magnet and charter schools, and a return to fundamentals. Would eliminate federal Common Core mandates.

Health Care – Feels Obamacare has failed American families and supports competition, deregulation, and innovation to provide affordable, accessible, high-quality health care.

Energy – Expansion of domestic energy production, including natural gas, nuclear, oil, and renewables.

Gun Control – Supports the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens to protect their families and communities.

Immigration – Supports securing borders and enforcing laws to protect American citizens while developing an immigration system that gives preference to people who bring unique skills, ideas, technologies, and companies to America.

High Hurdles

Little name recognition. McMullin's main focus seems to be winning the support and votes of those who are anti-Trump, but representatives for "Never Trump," "Free the Delegates," and "Conservatives against Trump" say they have never heard of McMullin. Prior to announcing his candidacy, McMullin had less than 140 Twitter followers.

Missed deadlines. Filing deadlines to get on ballots in numerous states have already passed. If there is no way around these deadlines, McMullin's name will not appear on ballots in those states.

Lack of Funding. Although McMullin claimed 60, 000 volunteers within days of announcing his candidacy, it is doubtful he can garner anywhere near the amount of financial resources available to the major party candidates.

Late to the dance. Evan McMullin's decision to run as an independent in the presidential race is so tardy the band is packing up their instruments and turning out the lights. It will be nearly impossible for him to gain enough traction in the time remaining to even make a showing.

Credible Contender?

Like many third-party candidates, McMullin is little known, has scant funding, a nebulous platform, and hasn't managed to excite a disinterested media. The combination leaves him with a slim chance of making much impact in the presidential race. His home state of Utah may be the only place where that is an exception. Currently, Donald Trump is leading polls in Utah, however, Trump isn't exactly popular. If McMullin makes a strong showing in Utah, which is possible given that 68 percent of the population belongs to the LDS Church, it may bode well for Hillary Clinton.

Pray for:

  • Wisdom in decision-making.
  • The ability to discern truth from rhetoric regarding the candidates.
  • Apathetic Americans to study the candidates and exercise the right to vote.

Candy Arrington has written hundreds of articles on tough topics for a wide variety of publications and enjoys teaching and speaking on these topics.

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