The Independence Party of Minnesota unanimously voted to nominate former CIA operative Evan McMullin as a third party presidential candidate on Saturday.
Now, the party and McMullin's campaign are working to get the necessary 2,000 signatures for him to officially be on the ballot in Minnesota this fall. The Hill says that he is already on Colorado's ballot, and according to Fox13 it is likely that he will also be on the ballot in Utah – where his campaign kicked off last week.
Adding a new third-party candidate to the mix could have an impact on the election considering the frustration voters have expressed over Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump being their only options.
“In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up. It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us,"said McMullin in his candidacy speech. "I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a better choice for President.”
Although McMullin has said that he doesn't want to see either candidate in the White House, his campaign his mostly to derail Trump, explains the Inquisitor.
"McMullin’s voters will likely come directly from Trump’s voter base," said the outlet, "at a time when the GOP candidate is clearly floundering in the polls."
However, McMullin recently told ABC that he thinks Trump will lose regardless if his third-party campaign his successful because Trump is not a credible candidate.
What he stands for
Americans might be excited for the opportunity to vote for someone that isn't Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump, but what issues does McMullin stand for?
According to his website, McMullin believes in a strong national security and a lean tax code with fewer government regulations on the economy. He wants to expand all types of the country's domestic energy production – natural gas, oil, nuclear and renewables.
As for education, he is in favor of charter and magnet schools and wants to eliminate Federal Common Core mandates. McMullin wants to hold Veterans Affairs accountable and allow veterans to choose a healthcare plan that works best for them. His first step in addressing immigration would be to better secure the borders.
You can read more about his stances on other issues at his website here.
"What impressed us was Evan’s willingness to listen and learn about the Minnesota Independence Party and how his values of adherence to the Constitution, personal liberty and fundamental government reform match our own," said Phil Fuehrer, Chairman of the Independence Party of Minnesota, in a statement. "He is deeply knowledgeable on national security matters and the threats facing our nation, and has served our country with distinction.”
McMullin has worked as a CIA officer, an investment banker and then as a policy director for the Republican party, according to his website.
A Utah native, McMullin completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University and then went on to earn his Master's in business. He volunteered as Mormon missionary in Brazil, and then for the United Nations resettling refugees in Jordan.
McMullin worked in the CIA for nearly a decade on counterterroism on three continents. Then he transitioned in to the private sector working for Goldman Sachs as an investment banker. In 2013, he became a senior advisor on the House Committee of Foreign Affairs, and then the chief policy director for the House Republican Conference.
You can read McMullin's "Letter to America" here.