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Republican Evan McMullin Launches Independent Presidential Bid

He maintained that with the high stakes of this election, he could not afford to be a bystander

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    Former CIA agent Evan McMullin has announced an independent presidential bid as an alternative to Republican nominee Donald Trump.

    The chief policy director for the House GOP, is launching an independent bid for the White House, NBC News reported.

    Evan McMullin's conservative candidacy could revive the opposition that anti-Trump Republicans have expressed toward their party's nominee.

    In a statement explaining why he decided to pursue the presidency, McMullin on Monday wrote that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is a "corrupt career politician" while Republican contender Donald Trump "appeals to the worst fears of Americans at a time we need unity."

    He maintained that with the high stakes of this election, he could not afford to be a bystander.

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    "Our country needs leaders who are in it for the right reasons and who actually understand what makes this country the greatest on earth," McMullin said in the statement.