T4E Drive Time – September 1, 2016: Why I’m 75/25 on Evan McMullin

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In which I talk about the 25% in Evan McMullin’s campaign that he needs to address to secure my vote.

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  • David Rogers

    A shout-out to the Libertarians, the Green Party, and even the Constitution Party, but no mention of the American Solidarity Party? By the way, they do have a Hispanic VP candidate, Juan Muñoz. Is it because they don’t have enough numbers to be mentioned with these other parties? If that is the case, does that not cut against the grain of the argument in favor of third-party and independent candidates you have been touting for so long? Or am I missing something?

    • martyduren

      I don’t know whether you’re missing anything or not.

      Is it because they don’t have enough numbers to be mentioned with these
      other parties? If that is the case, does that not cut against the grain
      of the argument in favor of third-party and independent candidates you
      have been touting for so long?

      I don’t think I’ve seen the ASP mentioned anywhere more than once outside your Facebook feed. Frankly, I never think about them because no one I know other than you ever talks about the ASP. I researched them early on. That’s how I found out they changed their name from the Christian Democratic Party. I read their platform, looked into their candidate but wasn’t compelled to support them.

      It isn’t that they simply don’t have enough numbers, their ticket has no experience at all. They’ve been in existence for 2 election cycles but are only on the ballot in one state–Colorado–which only requires a fee of $1,100 to qualify. Evan McMullin is on the ballot on 3 or 4 states already after only a month or so. He’s far more qualified than the ASP candidate, imo.

      Is it necessary for me to promote every independent or 3rd party candidate in every election?

      If you support the ASP ticket, more power to you. Go 3rd Party!

      • David Rogers

        I guess so. While I’m definitely not placing my hope in any political party, last election cycle I got pretty jaded about third parties when I surveyed the options and saw what there was out there. Then, when I discovered the ASP and their platform, the idea of third parties and enthusiastically supporting them began to take on a little more significance to me. Finally, a political party platform that matches a good percentage of my own beliefs! Also, if I did not vote for Romney—his Mormon faith not being insignificant among the various reasons I did not vote for him—it is hard for me to see myself getting behind someone like McMullin this time around. But I definitely do not begrudge you choosing to do so, if you so choose.