Amash says running as a third-party candidate won't tip election to Trump

Amash says running as a third-party candidate won't tip election to Trump
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Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBiden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' Battle rages over vaccine passports Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote 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 TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments 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. 

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 TapperCNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime Cheney slams Trump on 'big lie' over election Biden adviser on schools reopening in the fall: 'We can't look in a crystal ball' MORE he is running to “win this election for the American people.” 

“For too long we've had the same system, where these two parties go at each other and Washington is totally dysfunctional. That’s why I left the Republican Party,” Amash said. 

“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.