Evan McMullin is an Independent candidate in the 2016 election. McMullin was born on April 2, 1976 in Provo, Utah to Laine and David McMullin. McMillan graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, Washington in 1994 and earned a degree in International Law and Diplomacy from Brigham Young University in 1998 and a Master’s of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. After graduation, McMillan served as a Mormon missionary in Brazil and Volunteer Refugee Resettlement Officer in Amman, Jordan on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. After his missonary work, McMillan joined the CIA in 2001 and worked overseas on counter-terrorism and intelligence operations in regions such as the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Upon the completion of his CIA work in 2011, McMillan began a career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, where he worked with companies in several industries, including technology, energy, consumer goods, biotech, and real estate. In 2013, McMullin joined the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as a senior advisor and became the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference in 2015. McMullin is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Board Member of the Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University.
On August 8, 2016, Evan McMullin announced that he would be running as an Independent candidate for the Presidency, calling himself a “conservative alternative to Donald Trump.” McMullin expressed criticism towards Trump, in particular, calling him out for his comments towards military veterans and their families, and opposing the more extreme elements of the Republican platform. Additionally, McMullin stated that “In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up. It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us.” Moreover, McMullin is seeking to use his firsthand counter terrorism experience with the CIA and his time as a policy director with the House Republican Conference as a way to resonate with voters who are distrustful of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s positions on national security.
Evan McMullin is currently on the ballot in Utah, Arkansas, Colorado, and Minnesota and has the support of the Better for America Super Pac, which is dedicated to getting nationwide ballot access for a third-party candidate and giving the American people more of a choice in terms of candidates. Currently, McMullin has yet to announce his running-mate choice and has made little impact in the polling when compared to other third-party candidates such as Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. On the other hand, a number of political commentators believe that McMullin could potentially do well in Utah due to his connections to Brigham Young University and also due to the fact that the Utah Republican Party is reluctant to support Donald Trump. Only time will tell if McMullin can gain traction as a candidate in the 2016 race, but his candidacy further serves as a reminder that the American people are dissatisfied with both the Republican and Democratic parties and desire political change.
Here is a list of McMullin’s position on a number of policy issues:
McMullin is opposed to an isolationist foreign policy, arguing that an absence of American leadership at the global level will result in more security threats, increase global instability, and weaken the cause of liberty and freedom.
Favors increased involvement by the US in Syria in order to defeat ISIS and remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.
Opposed to the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, arguing that it results in greater healthcare costs and reduced patient choice. Instead, McMullin favors a market-based healthcare reform approach based on deregulation, increased competition, and fostering innovations in medical care.
McMullin is opposed to Common Core educational standards and favors local control as a way to implement lasting reform in the american educational system.
Favors tax reform and reduction in government regulations on the economy as a way to increase economic growth and opportunities for ordinary Americans.
McMullin supports international trade and the negotiation of stronger trade deals to allow for increased economic fairness globally.
Supports stronger efforts to enforce the border, but is in favor of granting a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the US.
Even though he is personally opposed to same-sex marriage, Evan McMullin feels that it is settled law and would not support efforts to overturn the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case.
McMullin is pro-life on the abortion issue and has expressed opposition to public funding of abortion. Additionally, McMullin believes that Roe v. Wade must be overturned.
Overall, Evan McMullin’s rating on a 1-10 Liberal-Conservative Scale would be around a 7.5. On most economic and foreign policy issues, McMulllin aligns with the Republican Party. On social issues such as same-sex marriage and immigration reform, McMullin takes a centrist position that is in between both the democratic and Republican parties. Due to his center-right political positions, McMullin can potentially gain the support of more moderate Republicans who are opposed to both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Sources: Johnson, Ben. “Independent Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin: Time to ‘move On’ from Marriage Fight.” Life Site. N.p., 11 Aug. 2016. Web. 18 Aug. 2016.