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WASHINGTON - AUGUST 19:  Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) (C) calls on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to schedule a vote on energy legislation during a news conference with Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) (L) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) at the U.S. Capitol August 19, 2008 in Washington, DC. This is the third week of Republican protest against the House recessing without dealing with high gas prices.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) WASHINGTON - AUGUST 19: Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) (C) calls on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to schedule a vote on energy legislation during a news conference with Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) (L) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) at the U.S. Capitol August 19, 2008 in Washington, DC. This is the third week of Republican protest against the House recessing without dealing with high gas prices. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)  

Rep. McCotter to announce presidential bid

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Michigan Republican Thaddeus McCotter will announce the launch of his presidential campaign July 2.

USA Today reported late Thursday that the five term congressman, soon to be the third sitting House member to announce in 2012, will launch his campaign from his home state of Michigan Saturday.

The lawyer and skilled guitar player told TheDC’s Alex Pappas in mid-June that his would not be a vanity campaign but one with a singular goal, victory.

“If I run, I would be in to win,” he said.

With McCotter being a frequent guest on Fox News’ popular 3 a.m. show Red Eye, host Greg Gutfeld was one of the first commentators to float the idea of a McCotter presidency, back in April.

“In my mind [McCotter] is one of the few pols who seem less interested in impressing celebrities or making cheap points of sentimentality than preserving the freedoms unique to our delightful island nation,” said Gutfeld.

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McCotter will be occupying the same location that ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had in 2007 for the Ames Straw Poll.

  • K Michael ODonovan

    des1.McCotter could be a great candidate. I hope he does well. He is a rarity,a patriotic, active intellectual. He is impressive and deep.

  • WMTribe03

    Rep. McCotter is one of the biggest supporters of organized labor on the Republican side.

    Of all things, he was one of 13 Republicans who supported the Employee Free Choice Act (card check) which strips a workers right to a private ballot in unionization elections, increases fees for unfair labor practices (easy to get when you’re a small business being unionized since you don’t know what you can and can’t do) and mandates binding arbitration by a government bureaucrat when both sides can’t come to an agreement.

    According to a study by noted economist Dr. Anne Layne-Farrar, director of LECG Consulting, more than 5 million jobs would be lost in the years ahead if EFCA passed.

    5 MILLION!

  • MJHBAMA

    Hey, the more the merrier.