Quran-burning pastor ready to set presidential field ablaze

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

Quran-burning Pastor Terry Jones is apparently putting down the matches and entering the presidential race.

A press release from his organization Stand Up America Now simply declared Wednesday: “Announcing: Dr. Terry Jones for President.”

Jones, who serves as pastor of a Gainesville, Fla., church with a reported membership of under 100 people, gained infamy in 2010 when he declared he would burn a number of Qurans on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Though Jones and his church were relatively obscure, media reports of “International Burn a Quran Day” spurred riots around the Muslim world, some resulting in deaths. Under international pressure to cancel his Quran-burning extravaganza, Jones backed down, but ultimately did burn a Quran earlier this year after holding a trial of the book at his church. Britain’s Daily Mail reported only 30 people were in attendance.

In the press release announcing his candidacy for president, Jones doesn’t say if he is seeking a particular party’s nomination. He does, however, list a series of issues he is running on, none of which include Quran-burning.

Among Jones’ seven campaign promises are calls to “deport all illegals” and “stop overspending immediately.”

Jones has not yet returned a request for an interview from TheDC.

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This article has been corrected. Pastor Jones’ church is located in Gainesville, Fla.