Independent Presidential candidate Evan McMullin hopes to throw race to the U.S. House
Evan McMullin, an independent candidate for President who is casting himself as a conservative alternative to GOP nominee Donald Trump, says the goal for his late-entry strategy is to deny Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton 270 Electoral College votes this November.
“Americans are hungry for a better choice and I and my team hope to offer that to them,” McMullin said in an exclusive interview with Talk Business & Politics on Sunday.
McMullin is a former CIA operative and chief policy director for Republicans in the U.S House of Representatives. He entered the race on August 8th, and this past week, he qualified for the Arkansas ballot under the Better for America party banner.
“I think both of the major party candidates – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – are woefully unfit for the office and the responsibilities they seek. Hillary Clinton is deeply corrupt – we learn that every day, something new comes out about her, she’s just not right for this country. Donald Trump also is someone who’s misrepresented himself to the American voters,” McMullin said.
When asked how he planned to disrupt the Electoral College numbers needed to win the Presidency, McMullin said he hopes to push the decision to the U.S. House of Representatives, who will pick the President and Vice-president if no one achieves 270 Electoral College votes.
“It is a different strategy. We’re too late to have a conventional strategy, so ours is different,” he said. “We intend to deny Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a majority in the Electoral College, which would then take the election to the House and then every state would have a vote. That’s what our goal is, that’s a reasonable goal given the late stage in which we entered the race, and so we have a strategy that’s consistent with that goal and we’re making decisions that support that.”
McMullin also discussed several positions on which he’s staking his candidacy, including national security, jobs and the economy, and government reform. Watch his full interview with Talk Business & Politics Roby Brock in the video below.