Evan McMullin an alternative for conservatives

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Election Day is just days away, and many voters across the country are still weighing their options.

Many Americans question Hillary Clinton’s honesty and integrity, and Donald Trump repeatedly proves himself to be unfit for any public office, let alone the presidency.

Libertarian Gary Johnson seems like a good choice in many aspects. He’s for small government and fiscal responsibility, and he believes Americans should be free to live their own lives without government intrusion.

However, he doesn’t seem to understand much about the world. In separate TV interviews, Johnson was unable to answer how he would handle the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, Syria, and failed to name a single foreign leader he respects.

Yes, Johnson could rely on members of his cabinet and other advisers to fill in the gaps, but the commander in chief must show strong leadership and possess an understanding of global matters.

Meanwhile, the Green Party’s Jill Stein wants to cut defense spending by half and move to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 — both of which are unrealistic, among other questionable policies.

So what’s a voter to do? There is a principled, conservative alternative in write-in candidate Evan McMullin.

McMullin, a 40-year-old former CIA operative, launched his bid for the presidency in August, just weeks after Trump clinched the GOP nomination. He’s an official write-in in several states, including West Virginia.

“Republicans are deeply divided by a man who is perilously close to gaining the most powerful position in the world, and many rightly see him as a real threat to our republic,” McMullin said in announcing his quest for the White House.

With his CIA experience, McMullin has a unique perspective of national security. He promises to be a “friend and advocate” for the nation’s armed forces and pledges military spending will reflect security goals, not political ones.

To strengthen the economy, McMullin says he’ll make the tax code fair and simple. He supports regulatory reform and would require federal agencies to identify problems before proposing regulatory solutions. Entitlement reform would reduce U.S. borrowing that adds to the national debt.

McMullin advocates for improvements in public education, including charter schools and merit-based pay for teachers. For higher education, McMullin believes students should have access to information that allows them to compare the cost of school, loan default rates and average earnings before paying tuition and taking out student loans. Students also should have access to high quality technical schools and vocational programs that prepare them for the workforce.

Find out more at www.evanmcmullin.com.

While Clinton and Trump argue about emails and sex scandals, McMullin offers seemingly reasonable, logical solutions to the nation’s issues and leadership skills to move the country forward.

For principled conservatives looking for an alternative, and voters of all political ideologies seeking a candidate worthy of support, Evan McMullin deserves consideration.

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