Presidential candidate Evan McMullin calls for ‘new conservative movement’ at Provo Library speech

Presidential candidate Evan McMullin speaks to a crowd at the Provo City Library on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (Photo by UV360)

Presidential candidate Evan McMullin speaks to a crowd at the Provo City Library on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (Photo by UV360)

Presidential candidate Evan McMullin called for a “new conservative movement” and a return to the United States’ foundational ideals and principles in a speech at a filled-to-the-brim Provo City Library on Wednesday evening.

“In just six or seven weeks, we have built a budding national movement that I believe is a new conservative movement in this country that I believe will give birth to a new generation of American leadership,” McMullin said.

McMullin — who was born in Provo, Utah, raised in Washington and than returned to Provo to attend Brigham Young University — explained to the crowd how he had searched for months in Washington D.C. for a conservative candidate who would run as an independent, but he was disappointed that no one was willing to stand up to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“We’ve lowered our standards for our leaders and as a result we’ve gotten worse leaders.” —Evan McMullin, presidential candidate

“We’ve lowered our standards for our leaders and as a result we’ve gotten worse leaders,” McMullin said. “Most importantly, we’ve abandoned in many ways our core ideals that have made us strong, our ideals on which this nation was founded. So I think we need to make some changes. I believe our nation has tremendous, unlimited potential. And I believe we can overcome these challenges.”

McMullin laid out his plan for overcoming the challenges of returning to American ideals by unveiling his document, “Principles For New American Leadership.” The document includes 13 principles such as honoring the constitution, separating and balancing government power, honest and wise government leaders, fiscally responsible leaders, helping people in poverty and more.

“I believe that a truly conservative movement recommits itself to the cause of liberty,” McMullin said. “What’s the cause of liberty? It’s our ability, it’s our right to pursue things. Think about that — our Founding Fathers established in this country so we could pursue happiness.”

He invited people to discuss these principles online using the hashtag #LetsTalkPrinciples.

“I believe that a truly conservative movement recommits itself to the cause of liberty.” —Evan McMullin, presidential candidate

These type of principles are what McMullin says has earned the U.S. good will amongst other countries. As a CIA operations officer for nearly a decade and as the senior advisor of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and later the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, McMullin said he had worked with multiple countries that respect America. But he warned that under the wrong leadership that good will would be lost.

“When we violate these ideals, that good will suffers,” McMullin said. “When that good will suffers, our alliances suffer. Our business deals suffers. Our economy suffers. Our ability to defeat challenges and threats overseas suffers. And that’s why when we see leaders or would-be leaders in this country attacking our ideals, we must reject them.”

McMullin emphasized at the end of his speech that it is the people, the citizens of the United States of America, that will be the difference and the change that the government needs.

“The time has truly come for a new generation of leadership, a new conservative movement and I’m confident that together we can build both,” he said. “And I’m confident that together we can take this country to a much brighter future than we might otherwise have.”

McMullin will appear on the ballot for Utah, but will not be on ballots for all 50 states.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.


  1. AvatarHannah Christine Reply

    I, for one, am so glad to have a presidential candidate who I can be excited about, and proud to support. As a 38-year-old wife and a mother of two little girls, Evan McMullin’s intelligent, compassionate conservative approach appeals to me greatly. I hope some of you will join this movement!! Thank you to Utah Valley 360 for publishing this article!!

  2. AvatarCourage Hebert Reply

    As of today, voters in 34 states can cast their ballots for Evan McMullin!

    Today, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Arizona were officially added to the list. But we need your help to get out the vote. Join our team.

    Here is the current list of states where you can vote for Evan:
    Alabama (Write-In)
    Alaska (Write-in)
    Arizona (Write-in)
    Arkansas (Ballot)
    Colorado (Ballot)
    Delaware (Write-In)
    Georgia (Write-In)
    Idaho (Ballot)
    Illinois (Write-In)
    Iowa (Ballot)
    Kentucky (Ballot)
    Louisiana (Ballot)
    Maine (Write-In)
    Maryland (Write-In)
    Massachusetts (Write-In)
    Michigan (Write-In)
    Minnesota (Ballot)
    Montana (Write-in)
    Nebraska (Write-in)
    New Hampshire (Write-In)
    New Jersey (Write-In)
    New Mexico (Ballot)
    Ohio (Write-In)
    Oregon (Write-In)
    Pennsylvania (Write-In)
    Rhode Island (Write-In)
    South Carolina (Ballot)
    Tennessee (Write-in)
    Texas (Write-In)
    Utah (Ballot)
    Vermont (Write-In)
    Virginia (Ballot)
    West Virginia (Write-in)
    Wisconsin (Write-in)
    As our chief strategist Joel Searby observed last week, this campaign keeps surprising the experts who incorrectly predicted Evan would never get ballot access. By the time Election Day rolls around, voters in somewhere between forty and forty-five states will be able to vote for Evan.

    Join our grassroots team today, and help share Evan’s positive, unifying message with voters across the country.


  3. AvatarAnnie Cilley Reply

    Excited to see a candidate I feel I can support. So sad to see what is happening in our country and we need someone with the youth, drive, moral clarity, and devotion to the Constitution and also has foreign and domestic knowledge. I think Evan McMullen is the only one we have to turn to at this time. He appears to be traveling light with no baggage to drag him down.

  4. AvatarSteven O'Dell Reply

    Instead, join all viable third parties under one banner and stop being spoilers. The truth is that no one outside of utah knows who you are, Evan. That could change. And if we start now while the interest is high, in two years we could have core groups in every state and change the next election (cleansing) cycle.

    All viable parties….Libertarian, Restored Republic, Constitution, Heritage, Tea Party, independents, even Sanders voters now that they have been cheated by establishment puppets.
    Today I formed a facebook group to begin the movement….The United Front Party. We will need organizers and skilled communicators. Will you help? If so, we can start online conferences and more. We can’t let the nation go down and we all know the republican party needs to be bulldozed.

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