Former CIA Officer Evan McMullin Is A Candidate For President of the United States And You Can Vote For Him In Missouri
Many Americans are frustrated that their options on Election Day for President of the United States are basically limited to either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Those two are the nominees from the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, respectively. While Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein and the other candidates that you made have heard of, what do you know about Evan McMullin?
If you’re like me, you had never heard of Mr. McMullin before FiveThirtyEight posted an article about him on the evening of October 13th. The article described a long-shot scenario where Evan McMullin could become the 45th President of the United States. McMullin, a Mormon, would have to win the popular vote in Utah first. The 6 Utah electoral college votes could then keep neither Trump nor Clinton from getting the 270 votes needed there. McMullin’s name would then have to go to the new House of Representatives as one of the top three vote-getters. There are some other details in there, but that’s the gist of it.
As an independent, McMullin isn’t on the ballot in every state like Clinton, Trump and Libertarian Gary Johnson. If he isn’t on the ballot, you can just write him in, correct? Well, not in every state. 8 states don’t allow you to write in a candidate at all. 32 require prior registration. 10 states allow you to write in any name you want.
Where does Evan McMullin stand in Missouri? He is officially registered as a write-in candidate and votes for him will be recognized. Other eligible write-in candidates are Tom Hoefling, Laurence Kotlikoff and Marshall Schoenke.
Who is Evan McMullin?
Evan McMullin was born in 1976 in Provo, Utah. He earned a Bachelor’s from Brigham Young University in International Law and Diplomacy. He then went on to earn his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
McMullin was completing his CIA training at the agency’s headquarters around the time of the terrorist attacks of September 11th. He would go on to complete missions around the world before completing his sertvice in 2011. McMullin would then move on to Goldman Sachs, where he dealt in the field of International Banking.
Evan McMullin served as a senior advisor to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and then moved on to become the chief policy director for the House Republican Conference.
What Does Evan McMullin Believe?
So where does Evan McMullin stand on the issues that should matter in this race?
In terms of National Security, McMullin believes that our armed forces should have the funding necessary to carry out the country’s strategy and protect us to threats. The candidate believes that Clinton will continue President Obama’s policy of tying defense spending to domestic programs. He bascially believes you can’t believe anything that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth.
In terms of the Economy, McMullin believes that 3 roadblocks need to be removed in order for the economy to prosper. He wants to lower the tax rate small businesses pay, lower corporate taxes and lower personal taxes for the middle class. He also proposes limiting federal regulations to only those necessary to protects the American people. While he sees the need for entitlement programs, McMullin says reform is needed in order to bring down the National Debt.
As far as Education goes, McMullin believes in charter schools and school vouchers. He supports rewarding high-performing teachers based on merit and thinks teacher unions spend far too much time protecting sub-par teachers. He also is opposed to the Common Core program and the way it is being forced into schools.
Evan McMullin supports making higher education institutions repay part of the debt of students that fail to graduate or default on their loans. He also supports giving students more options for higher education by reforming accredidation procedures.
The Independent candidate believes in increasing support and programs reduce unintended pregnancies and steering more people towards adoption.
Evan McMullin vows to protect the Second Amendment as President while also working to keep guns from those dangerous individuals that shouldn’t have them, He says the FBI terrorist watch list needs reforming and more resources need to be devoted to screening for and treating those with mental illnesses.
For more information about Evan McMullin and his presidential platform, check out his Issues page at EvanMcMullin.com
Should I Vote For Evan McMullin?
I’m not here to tell you who to vote for. I will tell you that voting is one of the greatest rights we have as Americans and you should exercise your right on November 8th. I will also tell you that you should listen to the Presidential podcast from The Washington Post. Host Lillian Cunningham and her guests do a fantastic job talking about a different U.S. President each week. The podcast started with President George Washington and has uploaded a new episode every week, including the final episode on President Barack Obama that was just recently uploaded.
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