Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (I-Mich.) defended his decision to run as a third-party candidate in the November election, denying that he would play a "spoiler role" and tip the election toward President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE.
“We don't know how the additional candidate changes a race. It's too impossible to figure out. There’s too many calculations involved,” Amash said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“The most important thing is we have a ballot. If you want to vote for someone, you vote for that person,” Amash added.
“Congress needs to work for the people. The executive branch needs to execute the laws. And right now if you have Donald Trump or Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race On The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Health Care — GOP attorneys general warn of legal battle over Biden's vaccine mandate MORE as President, those things are not going to happen." – Libertarian presidential candidate Justin Amash on why he’s entered the race #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/9THJuWSDaC— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) May 3, 2020
Amash, a former Republican who left the party last year after supporting Trump’s impeachment, announced Tuesday he was launching an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination.
On Sunday, he told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration Overnight Health Care — Nicki Minaj stokes uproar over vaccines Fauci responds to Nicki Minaj's vaccine worries MORE he is running to “win this election for the American people.”
“We need someone who is going to come in as president, respect our Constitution, defend our rights and fix our representative system of government so people will actually feel represented at home,” he added.
Amash said as president he would be open to “all the ideas that the legislature might present.”
“The job of the president is to execute the law. I want the legislative process to work. I want people in Congress to actually represent their constituents, and then I’ll make a decision about whether I want to sign a bill or not,” Amash said.