Conservative Independent candidate for president, Evan McMullin, 40, appeared on FOX News with Bret Baier on Sunday to discuss his surging campaign on the heels of a shocking poll showing the formerly unknown former CIA counter-terrorism officer and House foreign affairs policy director within striking distance of both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the state of Utah. Winning an individual state is something no third-party candidate has been able to achieve since 1968.
McMullin, who entered the race roughly two months ago when no other conservative stood up to run against the Trump or Clinton, the two candidates with the highest unfavorables in history, told Baier that he not only is he the only true conservative in the race but that he’s the only third party candidate who has a chance to win one or more states, which is what is necessary to garner electoral votes.
“The reality is, Bret, that you’ve got to compete to win states in our system. That’s how you get electoral college votes,” McMullin stated. “Gary Johnson and Jill Stein aren’t doing that,” he said, noting that his campaign is focused on the Mountain West state region where his message of conservativism is most receptive.
“I am the only conservative in this race. And it’s sad to say but it’s true,” McMullin declared when asked by Baier for his elevator pitch. “We’re also saying that we’re limited people, Mindy Finn and I — my running mate — we stand for limited government, we stand for a commitment to the foundational principles upon which our country was started — the idea that all men and women are created equal, that we all have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” he proclaimed.
McMullin admitted that his candidacy is certainly a longshot but said that he got in the race when he saw that no candidates in the race were standing for the American principles he holds dear.
He told Baier that the strategy behind his campaign is to block both Clinton and Trump from reaching 270 electoral votes, which would then throw the race to the House of Representatives, per the U.S. Constitution, which requires that a candidate would then be chosen among the top three electoral college vote getters.
“We got in because we thought the American people deserved better options,” McMullin explained to Baier. “It’s not ideal but it’s what had to happen. Otherwise, we’re standing for principle, which is something that the Republicans haven’t done and why they’re in such disarray.”
“And for people who say ‘You’re just a plant for Hillary Clinton to take votes away from Donald Trump?” Baier asked.
“I would say that if there are any plants in this race it would have to be Donald Trump as a plant for Hillary Clinton. I don’t think that’s the case — I think people are competing. I have a constitutional right to run for president which I’m exercising.
But the reality is Donald Trump is beating himself. He is an absolutely horrendous, terrible candidate. He has no business representing an entire party — he has no business being President of the United States.”
Evan McMullin proclaimed that his candidacy is the birth of a new conservative movement dedicated to the truth and said that those conservatives who are “sitting on the fence” and not endorsing Trump or those who have rejected Trump altogether aren’t showing strong leadership by stating who they’re for instead of just saying who they’re against.
“Real leadership is saying, ‘I don’t agree with that — I agree with this and then fighting for that but they’re not doing that — but that’s part of the problem here,” he asserted while noting that many Republicans are putting political power and party over principle and country.
“Mindy Finn and I are building a new conservative movement and we’re seeing incredible momentum over the past couple of weeks especially,” McMullin stated.
Bret Baier announced that Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson was invited on the program but declined FOX’s invitation. Leftist Green Party nominee Jill Stein was interviewed on Baier’s special Sunday program prior to McMullin’s interview.