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David Evan McMullin
April 2, 1976
Provo, Utah, U.S.
|Political party||Republican (Before 2016)
|Alma mater||Brigham Young University
University of Pennsylvania
David Evan McMullin (born on April 2, 1976) is a former CIA operations officer and independent presidential candidate. He ran for office as an independent in the 2016 United States presidential election. He calls himself a conservative alternative to the main presidential candidates. McMullin did not win the election, but he performed well in Utah, where he got 20% of the popular vote.
Early life and career
McMullin was born on 2 April 1976 in Provo, Utah, to David McMullin and Lanie Bullard. At a young age, his family moved to a rural area outside of Seattle, Washington, where his father worked as a computer scientist and his mother sold bulk foods to neighbors from the family's garage.
2016 Presidential campaign
On 8 August 2016, McMullin announced that he would run as a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election as an independent. He decided to run because he saw Donald Trump as being an unfit conservative candidate.
McMullin had the support of several anti-Trump Republican donors. McMullin's campaign was supported by some members of the "Never Trump" movement.
On 6 October, he named Mindy Finn to be his running mate.
Below is a table showing his performance in various states. He did not win any state, so subsequently, he did not win any electoral votes.
He believes in the "traditional marriage between a man and a woman," but "respects" the Obergefell v. Hodges decision (which allowed same-sex marriage nationwide) and wants to "move on" from the issue.
He wants to cut some support of programs like Social Security, and raise the retirement age.
McMullin is one of the few conservatives in the United States who believes in climate change that is caused by humans. He said,"I do believe that the climate is changing, and I do believe that human activity is contributing to it. If I were president, I would increase investment in technologies that can help us limit and decrease our carbon emissions."
On immigration, McMullin supports more border security but not mass deportation.
McMullin supports the part of Obamacare that doesn't allow health insurance companies to deny coverage against people with preexisting conditions. However, he also said that "we also need to do better than ObamaCare."
He believes that Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, has an "allegiance to [Russian President] Vladimir Putin." McMullin accused Putin of trying to destabilize European and North American countries "through fomenting discord between different racial groups, different ethnic groups and different religious groups."
McMullin supports keeping the Guantanamo Bay detention camp open and opposes the use of torture and has criticized Trump's support for it.
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McMullin campaigning for president in Provo.
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