(WXYZ) — Michigan Rep. Justin Amash announced Saturday that he will not run for president as a third party candidate.
"After much reflection, I've concluded that circumstances don't lend themselves to my success as a candidate for president this year, and therefore I will not be a candidate," he tweeted.
After much reflection, I’ve concluded that circumstances don’t lend themselves to my success as a candidate for president this year, and therefore I will not be a candidate.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 16, 2020
I continue to believe that a candidate from outside the old parties, offering a vision of government grounded in liberty and equality, can break through in the right environment.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 16, 2020
But this environment presents extraordinary challenges.
Amash announced in late April that he was exploring a presidential run as a Libertarian Party candidate.
Last July, the congressman left the Republican Party, saying he had become disenchanted with partisan politics and "frightened by what I see from it."
He drew President Donald Trump's ire by saying Trump had engaged in impeachable conduct as described in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report.