Former CIA director Hayden will vote third party

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said he will be voting for a third-party candidate over the Republican and Democratic nominees for president. 


"I'm uncomfortable with the nominee of both of the major political parties," Hayden said on John Catsimatidis's radio show, "The Cats Roundtable," on Sunday.

"A lot of my friends are saying that's nice, Hayden, but you have to vote for one of them, but I'm not so sure I do." 

Hayden, who served under Presidents George W. Bush and Obama, has been adamant in his distaste for Republican Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE and Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Women's March endorses Nina Turner in first-ever electoral endorsement MORE throughout the election cycle. 

His comments on Sunday were his strongest rebuke against supporting either of them. 

"A vote is taking our sacred suffrage, our chunk of sovereignty, and bestowing it on someone because he or she is worthy, and I'm having trouble getting to that point with either of the major candidates." 

He continued: "I get it. Somebody is going to win, but, you know, no matter who it is, for these two, I'm hoping they don't think they're sweeping into office with some powerful mandate. And for people like me that decide to vote for some other choice, might deny them that sense of mandate, which would make, I think, things ever worse." 

Libertarian Party nominee Gary Jonson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein are working to drum up enough support to make it to the presidential debate stage this fall.