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Amash teases possibility of third-party presidential bid

Amash teases possibility of third-party presidential bid
© Greg Nash

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats seek wave to bolster House majority Energized by polls, House Democrats push deeper into GOP territory Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream MORE (I-Mich.) said he's looking "closely" at a third-party presidential bid on Monday after blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE’s remarks at a coronavirus press briefing. 

Amash’s comments come in the wake of Trump telling reporters he has “total" authority over when states can ease restrictions implemented amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The libertarian-leaning Independent, who left the Republican Party last July, blasted the remarks as “flat-out wrong,” and said conservatives should have another option on the ballot. 

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“Americans who believe in limited government deserve another option,” he tweeted.  

After receiving encouragement to run from one Twitter user, he responded: “Thanks. I’m looking at it closely this week.” 

 

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Amash went on to assert his belief that a federal government with absolute power could have detrimental effects on America.  

“State governments are not local branches of the federal government; they have different powers and functions. Putting one government in charge of everything does not strengthen our system; it weakens our system and makes everyone more vulnerable to serious errors,” he tweeted. 

Since his decision to leave the Republican Party, Amash has repeatedly said he would not rule out a presidential bid.