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Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center makes comments to reporters prior to a service at his church in Gainesville, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. Jones stated that he is going forward with a scheduled burning of copies of the Quran at his church on Saturday, Sept. 11.(AP Photo/John Raoux) Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center makes comments to reporters prior to a service at his church in Gainesville, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. Jones stated that he is going forward with a scheduled burning of copies of the Quran at his church on Saturday, Sept. 11.(AP Photo/John Raoux)  

Quran-burning pastor says he’s not as smart as Herman Cain, but seriously entering presidential race

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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."

One would imagine a candidate with such limited relevant experience would enter the race for the White House with a detailed agenda he could pitch to the American people. But the seven promises Jones put forth in his press release don’t exactly inspire confidence that he has a detailed vision. When asked exactly how he would “deport all illegals,” as he has pledged to do, it became clear Jones hadn’t really gamed the scenario out.

“They would be rounded up and deported,” he said. “I believe that happened during the Eisenhower administration in order to create more jobs for the military that is coming back.”

When pressed, explaining that even immigration hawks recognize the unviability of mass deportations, Jones said he would probably just start with Los Angeles.

“We could just start there, in Los Angeles, 12 percent of the population is illegal,” he said.

Would he have law enforcement knock on the door of every Los Angeles resident asking for papers or just focus on people who look Hispanic?

“I don’t know. I think I would first, because of limited man power, I think I would first go to the Hispanic community because that is most of the illegals are coming from,” he said.

Some might suspect that this would violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution which prohibits the government from conducting unreasonable searches and seizures. You need probable cause, no?

“The reasonable suspicion that I would have is what I said — you have 12 percent of Los Angeles is supposedly illegal,” Jones retorted.

Though Jones says he wants to remove all American troops from abroad and cut the military budget in half, he also wants a clear declaration by the United States to Iran — which he repeatedly called “Iraq” in the interview — that we won’t allow the Islamic Republic to mess with Israel.

“As far as foreign countries go I think we should send them, especially like Iraq with all the mouthing off he does, I think we could send these people a very clear message as far as their threatening to attack Israel and all of those kind of things,” he said. “I think we must take a little bit clearer stand.”

And who clearer to enunciate such a stand than Pastor Terry Jones?

Despite being known as America’s most recognizable Quran burner, Jones said the kerosene would not be flowing like water at the White House.

“No, of course not, of course not, of course not,” he said emphatically when asked whether he would host public Quran burnings at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. “We don’t have anything against Muslims here in America who are loving, who honor and obey the Constitution of the United States.”

Contra common sense, Jones says his presidential run is in no way a publicity stunt. He no longer has daily responsibilities at his church since he turned the reigns over to his son and he is working on getting on the ballot in all 50 states. He is running as a “non-party affiliate” and says he plans to campaign all around the country.

“I feel a real urgency to warn the American people, hopefully to motivate the American people,” he said. “The Constitution says ‘we the people,’ not we the politicians.”

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