Amash sings familiar tune in flirting with presidential run

    Eric Anderson of Hastings | Nick Manes

    U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) again flirted with the possibility of a third party presidential campaign Monday.

    Amash responded to President Donald Trump telling reporters he has “total” authority as president with a tweet, saying “Americans who believe in limited government deserve another option.”

    After one Twitter user encouraged him to be that other option, Amash said he’s “looking at it closely this week.”

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    It was not immediately clear whether Amash, should he launch a campaign, would do so as an independent or would seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination.

    Amash, who left the Republican Party last July and voted in favor of impeaching Trump, over the weekend also joined Republicans in criticizing Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay home order to stop the spread of COVID-19. He slammed it for “curbing freedoms.”

    Amash has previously hinted at a potential presidential run as a Libertarian.

    “I’m running for Congress, but I keep things open and I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Amash said on NBC’sMeet The Press” last October.

    That same month, Amash told the Advance in a sitdown interview: “I do think that one of the things President Trump revealed with his election is that one person can influence a lot of people by becoming president, and I certainly think that’s important. I think that I could have a positive influence on the way people treat each other.”

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    Trump attacked Amash as “a total lightweight who opposes me … just for the sake of getting his name out there” and a “loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands” after he announced his support for impeaching the president.

    While Amash is currently running for reelection to his seat in Congress as an independent, he faces expected strong challengers from both the Republican and Democratic parties.

    Amash outraised all of his challengers in the fourth quarter of 2019, bringing in about $595,000.

    The Libertarian Party is currently scheduled to hold its nominating convention in May.