Thad McCotter Announces He’s In

Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI-11th) will launch his presidential campaign on July 2nd. McCotter took his house seat in January 2003. Many thought his next step would be a run for the Senate. He is known for his quick wit and his “star-spangled Fender Telecaster guitar. He’s also know for his support of unions (after all, he lives in Detroit) .

Thaddeus McCotter

On his newly-launched website, McCotter lays out his 5 principles (and I like them):

1. Our liberty is from God not the government

2. Our sovereignty is in our souls not the soil

3. Our security is from strength not surrender

4. Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector

5. Our truths are self-evident not relative

According to The Wall Street Journal:

He is Pro-Life, voted AGAINST the financial market bailout, he voted AGAINST ObamaCare, in 2007 VOTED FOR Card Check, sponsored a bill that passed allowing a $3,500 annual tax deduction for “qualified pet-care expenses, and he has a mixed record on Free Trade.

But McCotter VOTED FOR the auto industry bailout, which he insisted was not a bailout. Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. boasted of the “thousands of hours” he spent at the White House and on Capitol Hill to arrange the bailout. I have to ask how McCotter likes working with Hoffa?

McCotter, as a presidential candidate, joins Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and Congressman Ron Paul from the U.S. House. Congresscritters just don’t get elected to the Oval Office, but who knows it may be different this year. James Garfield was the only sitting-congressman to be elected as president and go directly to the Oval Office from the House, but he was actually already elected to the U.S. Senate.

I think McCotter’s real plan is still a run for the Senate. What do you think? Hot Air has more. The Lonely Conservative says one of McCotter’s focuses will be Social Security reform.


Thaddeus McCotter Announcement Video

  • I still like Rick Santorum best, too bad nobody is paying him much mind. All I really knew about McCotter before reading your post was from that youtube video circulating in which he used all those Led Zepplin song titles in a speech on the House floor, which was pretty awesome, but his support for unions & the car bailout is troubling.

    • Zilla, I see Santorum as the most responsibly conservative and well-grounded of all the candidates. It is appalling that someone who makes such sense, and has walked the walk, can’t spark the imagination of the America people, when we are longing for a true conservative, not a hot dog.

  • I instinctively reject the Gucci-shoed D.C. divas’ dysfunction that deems what’s nuts is normal. McCotter speaks with content and wit. Romney is plastic. Pawlenty too cautious. Bachmann’s gaffes, if not curbed, will be her undoing thanks to the corporate-controlled, Soros bought-and-paid-for media. Cain, Santorum and Johnson do not stand out enough on wedge issues and Perry, well; we’ll have to watch for the ten-gallon hat and his giddy-up. Everyone is preening as though he or she is the new Ronald Reagan. Thad McCotter, thus far, gets my full support for POTUS 2012. Run, Thad, run.

    • PoliticalClownParade, I will vote for the Republican nominee. I don’t have major problems with any of them, but supporting Card Check is unacceptable (I understand he apologized, but…). He is from Detroit, and if he becomes president, unions will be empowered under him.

      As I said, though, I’ll vote for him if he is the nominee.

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