- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Evan McMullin, a former CIA operative who launched an independent White House run on Monday, said Tuesday that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are “unfit” for the responsibilities they’re seeking.

“I think Americans ought to be able to vote for somebody that they’re excited about — somebody who they support, not somebody who they’re supporting just to oppose the other person,” Mr. McMullin said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Mr. McMullin said both major-party candidates are “unfit for the responsibilities they seek.”

He said Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, believes she’s “unaccountable” to the American people and “above the law.”

“As a former CIA officer, I deeply believe that Donald Trump harms the strength and prosperity of this country,” Mr. McMullin said of the GOP nominee.

Mr. McMullin said he’s already gotten an “enormous response” of small-dollar donations throughout the country and said there are early signals of support from big donors.

“If yesterday was any indication of what kind of resources will be available to us, I have no concern whatsoever,” he said. “We have major donors reaching out, wanting to talk to us — those who are aware of this effort and those who are not.”

“And then what’s most important is these small-dollar donations coming in from around the country and the messages that come with them,” Mr. McMullin said. “You know, thank goodness that someone is doing this.”

He also said there are “many ways” to get onto ballots, and there are still 20 or so states where he can petition to get onto ballots.

“We intend to have broad ballot access across the country,” Mr. McMullin said.

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