Washington DC (QNN) – Palestinian-American US congressman Justin Amash has announced he is preparing to run for president in 2020 as a third-party candidate.
Amash, 40, is a former Republican who left the party last year amid frustrations over Donald Trump and then voted for his impeachment.
‘Let’s do this,’ the independent lawmaker from Michigan said in announcing he had launched an exploratory committee, a strong sign he will make a long shot bid for the White House.
Amash, an independent since quitting the GOP last July, seeks the nomination of the Libertarian Party, which promotes civil liberties and limited government.
‘Americans are ready for practical approaches based in humility and trust of the people,’ he said on Twitter.
‘We’re ready for a presidency that will restore respect for our Constitution and bring people together.
‘I’m excited and honored to be taking these first steps toward serving Americans of every background as president.’
Amash would jump into a race that already features its main protagonists: the incumbent Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
A third-party victory would be highly unlikely, but Amash has the potential for reshaping the race should he be on the ballot in November.
It remains unclear whether he would have a greater impact on Trump or Biden.
He could draw support from Republicans or independents frustrated with Trump.
Likewise, he could earn votes from Democrats who are unhappy about Biden’s candidacy.
Amash has served as a representative for Michigan’s 3rd district since 2011 and an aide indicated he is running for reelection for his seat in 2020 – that is if he isn’t on the ballot for president.