Justin Amash announces exploratory committee for the Libertarian Nomination

Independent Representative Justin Amash, who left the Republican Party on July 4th 2019, has announced his intention to form an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination.

Amash stated on Twitter:

Today, I launched an exploratory committee to seek the @LPNational’s nomination for president of the United States. Americans are ready for practical approaches based in humility and trust of the people.”

Amash had been noted for his Libertarian Tendencies throughout his Congressional Tenure, endorsing the candidacies of Republican Candidates Ron Paul and Rand Paul. And would more than likely have similar numbers to previous Libertarian Candidates like Gary Johnson and Bob Barr.

Amash’s exploratory committee can be found here.

16 thoughts on “Justin Amash announces exploratory committee for the Libertarian Nomination

  1. Fernando Mercado Post author

    Sorry, I wanted this one

    Will he be a Ron Paul and Gary Johnson or a Bob Barr?

    Mmm, If the LP wants to be relevant in 2020 Amash is their best bet

  2. Paulie

    Johno, agreed. Fernando, nomination of former republican politicians 4 times in a row =/= relevant. It does equal severely off mission. And your @ nf doesn’t make sense. Paul, Johnson and Barr are all different from each other and amash is different from all of them. They do have in common that they were elected only as republicans so doing that for two decades seriously damages the claim to be a party separate and distinct from all others representing a philosophy that is not right, left or center.

  3. George Phillies

    At last report, Ron Paul never released to the LNC the names of his donors. Johnson released them tot he LNC but not to state committees.

    If the LP wants to be significant, it needs to give up on running carpetbaggers.

    Libertarians Against Amash, not on Facebook.

  4. Fernando Mercado Post author

    The comparisons are worthy to be brought up. I bring it up due to Paul and Johnson are accepted by the people of the LP wheras Barr is seen as a failed experiment

  5. Cody Quirk


    The media coverage of his announcement is intense; even foreign newspapers are reporting on it.
    The LP is certainly getting a big boost from this.

  6. Massimo

    Amash is intellectually much more prepared than Johnson. He is really a classical liberal, but knows his Hayek or Constitutional debates. And he is consistent and tougher than Johnson.

    If it was for me, I would vote Vermin or leave the post open, but given the American electorate ignorance, Amash is as libertarian as it gets without being considered a nut job.

  7. paulie

    Johnson released them [to the] LNC

    When did that happen? As far as I know he never did but I may have missed it.

  8. paulie

    I bring it up due to Paul and Johnson are accepted by the people of the LP wheras Barr is seen as a failed experiment

    There’s a vast variety of opinion among LP members as to which if any of them are accepted and which were a failed experiment. The consensus you claim exists does not. Nor is it some sort of large plurality view with a few dissenters here and there. I don’t know whether it is a plurality view at all and I am much more involved in the party and in touch with many more of its members than you are as an outside reporter.

  9. paulie

    Unlike Amash, Barr joined the party a couple years before he ran.

    That’s true. On the other hand he swore up and down he would not run for president. Then after he started running he kept it unofficial until all state debates were over, and avoided all unofficial debates at the national convention, the only p candidate to do so there. On policy, he made a number of concessions to help win a tightly contested nomination, then doubled back afterwards. He went back to the Republicans before the next presidential cycle, is not a particularly libertarian-leaning one now (or in his time in office), and as far as I know never shared his list with the LP.

    Ron Paul – joined right before running; his group stormed out after narrowly losing the national chair fight at the very next convention and have for the most part been pissing on the LP ever since, although Ron Paul himself has been less in that way than most of his circle. He did go back to the Republicans though, but has at times made it public that he supported candidates and efforts of other parties since then. I don’t know what he did with his list. My recollection of that is reading about it well after, and is vague, but to what little I remember I am inclined to say he did not share it. On issues, the only concession I am aware of was to not talk about abortion and/or make it clear his personal position was different than the party’s, and to my knowledge he stuck to it. I don’t know whether he ran on any other non-libertarian issues e.g. immigration that have characterized his views more recently.

    Johnson – Switched right before running the first time, although he had also joined previously, prior to running and being elected as a Republican; unlike Paul and Barr never went back to the Republicans (at least yet) and has run LP more than once as well as LP for Senate in 2018. Phillies now says he shared his list with LNC, contrary to what I thought I remembered. The party has become less ideologically tight since the 1980s so issue concessions were not really pressed from him.

  10. paulie

    The LP is certainly getting a big boost from this.

    It depends on what you think the LP’s purpose is. If the purpose is to be a party separate and distinct from all others and to push for moving policy in a libertarian direction as explained in the statement of principles, it’s hard for me to see how you think nominating people more or less fresh from stints as Republican politicians with significant differences from those principles four times in a row, along with VPs (Root and Weld) who are similar (Root hasn’t been elected but identified publicly as a Republican before and after his LP stint) helps that in any way. If you think it’s just to get more media coverage and votes regardless of ideology I don’t see why we need an LP; there are already two parties which are much better at those things than we are.

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