Evan McMullin, the former undercover CIA officer best known for his 2016 presidential bid as an independent, announced Tuesday he is running for Senate in Utah to replace Republican Mike Lee in next year’s midterm elections.
In a roughly three-minute campaign launch video, McMullin, who has long been an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, argued Tuesday that the United States “has reached another crossroads,” with “our streets on fire and our temple of democracy desecrated” — an explicit reference to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
“The extremes in Washington don’t represent Utah. They prevent us from governing ourselves, and they jeopardize our democracy,” McMullin said, adding that he would campaign for Senate not “as a Republican or a Democrat, but as a patriot committed to defending our nation.”
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Evan McMullin, who finished behind Gary Johnson and Jill Stein in 2016, makes his Utah Senate bid official https://t.co/gY9qDgxCOp
— Christopher Cadelago (@ccadelago) October 5, 2021
America has reached a crossroads. Extremism, division and conspiracy now threaten our quality of life and democratic republic. In Utah, we have a better way. It’s more compassionate, selfless and independent. That’s why I’m running to represent Utah in the U.S. Senate. Join us! pic.twitter.com/4DSS8jEeP9
— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@EvanMcMullin) October 5, 2021