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Anti-(CNN) Trump conservatives recruit candidate for WH bid

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  1. T_Man

    T_Man Contributing Member

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    http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/08/politics/evan-mcmullin-conservative-trump-clinton/index.html

    Conservative Republicans have recruited a former CIA staffer and top House GOP aide to launch an independent White House bid -- and he could cause problems for Donald Trump in a key state if he gets on the ballot.

    Evan McMullin opened his bid for the White House Monday morning, announcing on his website: "It's never too late to do the right thing. And if we work together, there's nothing we can't achieve.".

    "Evan has spent his entire career in service to our nation and today he's continuing on that path as a candidate for president -- he is running first and foremost out of a deep love for this country, and because he understands the true brand of American leadership that is required to be Commander-in-Chief," McMullin's campaign wrote in a message to supporters.

    McMullin, who had been the policy director for the House Republican Conference, is a longshot for the White House at best -- facing high hurdles in the form of ballot access deadlines that have already passed in many states -- but will offer anti-Trump conservatives an alternative to Trump and Clinton.

    McMullin's presence could be felt most in Utah, where anti-Trump conservatives rallied behind Ted Cruz in the primaries and McMullin has one week to make the ballot. Cruz beat Trump 69%-14% in Utah after Mitt Romney urged Republicans in the Mormon-heavy state to fight Trump.
    McMullin is a graduate of Brigham Young University, the university owned and operated by the Mormon church, according to his LinkedIn profile.
    Utah, which is typically a reliably red state in presidential contests, has emerged as a possible toss-up. If McMullin were to draw enough conservatives from Trump, he could possibly throw the state to Hillary Clinton.

    McMullin worked for 11 years in the CIA, three years as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, and as a top staffer on the Hill since 2013, according to his LinkedIn profile.
    An aide to the Conference said Monday morning that McMullin is no longer an employee of the Conference.

    Anti-Trump Republicans, led by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, stumbled in earlier efforts to recruit someone to run and some of Trump's most vocal opponents, like Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, have ruled themselves out of running.

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  2. Ottomaton

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    Kinda sad that this nobody is the best they could come up with.

    It would be a whole lot more effective if they got someone who ever had even an outside chance at ever being nominated to run by the Republicans.
     
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    Not going to effect anything other than take votes from Gary Johnson.
     
  4. T_Man

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    Right now I think the GOP is more concerned about the Senate and the House than they are with the presidency.

    T_Man
     
  5. CometsWin

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    It could cost Trump Utah's six electoral votes which makes it even tougher for Trump to get the votes needed.

    Mormons apparently hate Trump with a passion. This whole thing sounds like a Romney maneuver.
     
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    What's the party going to be called? "Not trump". Some of his supporters may accidentally select that on the ballot.
     
  8. underoverup

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    How many states is he eligible for?
     
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    I know Bush 1 was Director of the CIA. . . . The idea of a former CIA employee as President is dubious as hell.
     
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    The Trump voters are starting to wise up that the GOP establishment is not in their interest so the hundreds of millions spent by the Bush/RubioCruz types was to no avail
     
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