Previously little-known Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, 40, a former CIA counter-terrorism officer and House GOP policy director, launched his longshot presidential bid roughly seven weeks ago with the motto, “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”
In his announcement, McMullin announced that he had hoped that someone with more name identification would enter the race to offer a conservative alternative to the two New York liberals in the race, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who McMullin declared as “fundamentally unfit for the profound responsibilities they seek,” however, after waiting for that somebody to step-up and run, they never did.
And while his candidacy has begun to appear in polling in states like his home state of Utah, where he recently polled at a significant 12 percent, pollsters have avoided adding the candidate to polling questions, leaving many to wonder if the candidate is gaining traction nationally.
That has now changed and Evan McMullin has made his debut in national polls, according to the latest one conducted by PPP (Public Policy Polling) and has already passed one candidate, while getting within shouting distance of another.
The results of the poll released on Thursday by PPP are as follows:
- Hillary Clinton — 44%
- Donald Trump — 40%
- Gary Johnson — 6%
- Evan McMullin — 2%
- Jill Stein — 1%
Of course, two-percent isn’t earth-shaking, however, to have already passing fairly well-known Green Party candidate Jill Stein, as well as being just four percent below two-term New Mexico governor and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, who also ran for president in 2012 (he only garnered one percent of the vote in 2012), is pretty impressive considering McMullin’s extremely late entrance into the race as well as his being virtually unknown on the national stage.
McMullin has made harsh criticisms about both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, calling Hillary “corrupt,” and accusing Trump of being manipulated by ex-KGB Russian leader Vladimir Putin and is too naive to even realize it.
After serving in the CIA for 11 years, Evan McMullin graduated from the Wharton School of Business and spent time as an investment banker, working in mergers and acquisitions at the Goldman Sachs investment firm, “working with all kinds of companies, helping them thrive in the global marketplace.”
From there, McMullin served as a senior adviser on national security issues and as a policy director for the House Republican Conference. He said during that experience he “learned what reforms this government — our government — needs so that it can be more responsive and accountable to the American people so that it listens better to the American people.”
Besides Trump and Hillary, the other choices in the race, Jill Stein of the “Green” Party, is a Soviet-style socialist, while “Libertarian” candidate Gary Johnson is a pothead who admitted that gave up the drug in June to run for the presidency.
During the Libertarian Party debates, Gary Johnson revealed his anti-American belief that Christian bakers must be forced by government to violate their First Amendment rights of religious liberty by baking a homosexual wedding cake, and that a Jewish baker must be forced to bake a Nazi cake.
For their part, both Stein and Johnson have had problems of late, with Jill Stein facing criminal charges and Gary Johnson acting strangely in interviews and drawing blanks when asked even the most basic of questions, which could give McMullin even more traction for those looking for an option to Trump and Hillary.
McMullin, a conservative, has readily admitted that while he is fighting to win, it is likely that his best hope to stop Trump and Hillary would be to keep either from reaching the required 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, where the race would then, according to the Constitution, throw the race into the hands of the House of Representatives, the institution designed to be closest to the people since they can be voted out of office every two years, who would then pick the next president.
Who knows what would then happen, but with Donald Trump’s lukewarm support in the Republican-dominated House, really anything could happen at that point.
“I heard a preacher the other day say, ‘If you’re voting for the lesser of two evils, you’re still voting for evil.'” McMullin recently told The Washington Post. “This country needs better leadership,” he said.
To that statement, it is very difficult to disagree.