Michigan congressmen Justin Amash, who is a Republican, told CNN’s Jake Tapper this morning that he hasn’t ruled out running for President in 2020. But it wouldn’t be on the GOP ticket – instead Amash would run as a Libertarian.
Amash serves on the House Oversight Committee and had some hard words for President Trump, saying “I think the President is violating our constitutional system. And I don’t think Congress can grant legislative powers to the President by statute. You can’t just pass a statute that says, ‘The President now has appropriations power and bypass Congress.’ ”
Tapper asked Amash about a 2020 bid.
“Well, I would never rule anything out. That’s not on my radar right now,” he said. “But I think that it is important that we have someone in there who is presenting a vision for America that is different from what these two parties are presenting.”
Amash also told Tapper that there is a “wild amount of partisan rhetoric on both sides” and “Congress is totally broken.”
“I think that we need to return to basic American principles, talk about what we have in common as a people — because I believe we have a lot in common as Americans — and try to move forward together, rather than fighting each other all the time,” he said.
GOP Rep. @justinamash doesn’t rule out a run for the White House as the Libertarian nominee in 2020: "I think that it is important that we have someone in there that is presenting a vision for America that is different from what these two parties are presenting.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/RZudEwHwwn
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 3, 2019