On Monday’s “The Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel, guest host Trish Regan asked Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer who has announced a run for president as a third-party conservative if he was OK with Hillary Clinton picking Supreme Court justices.
Partial transcript as follows:
REGAN: So, why are you getting in now?
MCMULLIN: Well, I’m getting in now because I firmly believe that both candidates are woefully unprepared and woefully unfit for the responsibilities that they seek, and I think our country is desperate for a new generation of leadership. I think that’s clear. Americans are so unsatisfied with the direction of the country, and then to have two candidates whose negatives are so high. There’s just a lot of frustration out there. Americans feel –.
REGAN: But, again, I guess I just question the timing of it, because apparently 26 states have already basically closed the opportunity for you to get on the ballot there. So that would make it extraordinarily difficult for you to get the votes that you need to win the presidency.
MCMULLIN: Well, a couple of things. First of all, their petition deadlines may have passed, but there are other means to get on those ballots. So, let’s just say that. I’ve got a great team. They’ve been studying this for months, and through a variety of means, we expect to be on a broad number of ballots, and to compete, and to compete to win. Now, with regard to the timing of this, yes, it’s not ideal. In fact, for months, I, as well as many Americans…have hoped that someone with national name ID would step up and do what I’m doing. I believe that this is the last moment when somebody can offer credibly still an alternative to these two unfit candidates.
REGAN: So, you’re a lifelong Republican?
MCMULLIN: I am. I would say I’m a lifelong conservative before that.”
REGAN: Okay. are you okay, then, with Hillary Clinton getting elected? Are you okay with your taxes going higher? Are you okay with her picking Supreme Court justices?
MCMULLIN: Oh, of course not, listen, the suggestion is that I somehow would force her to win. Donald Trump is losing badly already to Hillary. I’ve just entered the race today. He’s doing terribly, and he can’t keep his foot out of his mouth. And today –.
REGAN: But you just heard Chris say, look it’s early. there’s still more than 90 days to go, and you know, polls, they can be meaningless when you finally go to the ballot box.
MCMULLIN: Oh, well I think –.
REGAN: And there are polls that are out right now that suggest he is actually running quite tightly with her in some states. So the thinking would be that you might pull away some of those votes, therefore tipping the favor to Hillary Clinton.
MCMULLIN: Donald Trump is losing badly now according to the polls, according to the Real Clear Politics average poll, even, which is — doesn’t necessarily reflect the current situation, and it still shows that he’s quite a bit behind. Donald Trump keeps saying terrible things that alienates large swaths of the population. He’s wholly unfit. I think in fact he’s dangerous to the country. And by the way, he is not a conservative. the idea that Donald Trump is a conservative is a complete farce. He is a conman who pretends to be a conservative.
REGAN: Wow, well those are some big allegations for someone who doesn’t want to see Hillary Clinton elected. Anyway, thank you so much.
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