Former Republican Congressman Justin Amash is reportedly eyeing an 11th-hour entry into the 2020 presidential election.
Amash, who changed to an Independent while previously clashing with President Trump, said he was “closely” looking at running as a third party candidate—a rare and historically unsuccessful move.
The potential bid comes as Amash found himself at odds again with the president, concerning reopening society back after the coronavirus pandemic.
“Americans who believe in limited government deserve another option,” Amash tweeted.
Americans who believe in limited government deserve another option. https://t.co/c7P2vOTyOe
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) April 13, 2020
Responding to an encouraging comment, Amash also tweeted: “Thanks. I’m looking at it closely this week.”
The Hill reports:
Amash went on to assert his belief that a federal government with absolute power could have detrimental effects on America.
“State governments are not local branches of the federal government; they have different powers and functions. Putting one government in charge of everything does not strengthen our system; it weakens our system and makes everyone more vulnerable to serious errors,” he tweeted.
Since his decision to leave the Republican party, Amash has repeatedly said he would not rule out a presidential bid.
Donald Trump wouldnt lose a single voter to Justin Amash… Joe Biden would lose a few though.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) April 14, 2020
The Washington Post adds:
The Libertarian Party is planning to nominate a candidate for president on May 25 at its convention in Austin, but no well-known figures have entered the race. Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee, who joined the party last year, abandoned a bid for the nomination this month. Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, the party’s 2016 nominee for vice president, returned to the Republican Party this year to run a protest campaign against Trump. Weld ended his campaign last month.
Amash, a vocal critic of Trump, voted for the president’s impeachment last year and has repeatedly declined to rule out a White House run.
“Is there any better time to have a president who might be not from either party?” he asked reporter Declan Garvey in January.