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) .
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
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