Congressman Thad McCotter May Enter Presidential Race – because Washington is Nuts

In a Monday interview, Representative Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., told Politico he is “seriously considering” running for president and will decide in the next two weeks.

McCotter is virtually unknown on the national level, leading many conservative commentators to label him as an underdog, but he told Politico, “I think the majority of the Republican electorate isn’t happy with the choices they’ve got and want to take a look at new people.”

This comes just days after announcing he would pass at challenging Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., for her U.S. Senate seat in 2012.

McCotter, a famously quirky lawmaker known for his skills on the guitar, is a frequent guest on Fox’s “Red Eye” and may add some excitement to the GOP primary field, which has been described by many as “boring.” Below is an ad he ran in the 2010 election. The message? “Washington’s nuts.”

The ‘Red Eye’ candidate

Thaddeus McCotter, the Michigan House member known (if at all) to the late-night television set for his entertaining appearances on Fox’s “Red Eye,” and to foreign policy types for being a very rare voice of unmitigated support for Hosni Mubarak, tells Jonathan Martin he’s looking at running for President.

McCotter argued that the current crop of GOP candidates simply isn’t making the case about how to confront what he described as the existential threats facing the country.

“I think the majority of the Republican electorate isn’t happy with the choices they’ve got and want to take a look at new people,” he said.

McCotter said his party must address four major issues: “The challenge of globalization, the war for freedom against terrorists, the rise of Communist China and whether moral relativism erodes a nation built on self-evident truth.”

via The ‘Red Eye’ candidate – Ben Smith – POLITICO.com.

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