(The following was originally published in NPR.)
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
Let’s go back to presidential politics for a minute. You’ve heard a lot about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton these past months. You may also have heard on this program and others about Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein. But there’s another candidate who’s gaining ground. A recent poll in the Deseret News shows Evan McMullin in a, quote, “statistical dead heat” with Clinton and Trump in Utah. So we thought this was a good time to hear what Evan McMullin has to say. Mr. McMullin, thanks so much for speaking with us.
EVAN MCMULLIN: Thank you. Great to be with you, Michel.
MARTIN: What do you offer in this race that the other candidates do not?
MCMULLIN: Well, by way of a brief background on me – I am a 11-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. I worked in the private sector in the financial industry as well. And then most recently, I served as a senior adviser on national security issues in Congress and then ultimately was the chief policy director for the House Republicans. So I’m the only conservative, sadly, in this race now.