According to a post on his Twitter account Monday, Justin Amash, an Independent congressman from Michigan, is considering a 2020 presidential run. Amash was previously a member of the Republican Party but left over disagreements with President Donald Trump. He is often associated with the Libertarian Party and is expected to make a run for the party’s nomination if he chooses to begin a campaign.
During President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force Press Conference on Monday at which Trump stated he had the authority to reopen states that issued stay-at-home orders, Amash tweeted:
Americans who believe in limited government deserve another option.
Twitter user Hannah Cox replied:
Please be you.
To which, Amash responded:
Thanks. I’m looking at it closely this week.
If Amash enters the Libertarian race he will join a crowded field that includes 2012 vice presidential nominee Judge Jim Gray, Future of Freedom Foundation president Jacob Hornberger, 1996 vice presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen, antiwar activist Adam Kokesh, former Libertarian National Committee vice chair Arvin Vohra, performance artist Vermin Supreme, software engineer Dan Behrman, former Coast Guard officer Ken Armstrong, and former Grady County (Georgia) NAACP president John Monds.
The party is expected to nominate a ticket at the May 21–25 National Convention in Austin, Texas. However, with large gatherings shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, different arrangements might be made. According to paulie on the Open Thread, a Zoom meeting of party officials is scheduled to take place May 2 to discuss possible changes to the National Convention.