Politics

Fiery rhetoric not expected from Thaddeus McCotter

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Don’t expect fiery rhetoric from Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter when he jumps into the race for president this weekend.

That’s just not the style of the guitar-playing Republican, who is set to become the tenth candidate to announce his run for the White House in 2012.

“The dialogue of policy is what he normally gets involved with and that’s what people like,” a senior campaign adviser told The Daily Caller. “He is heavily drawn to facts and figures. Not a lot of rhetoric.”

The aide continued: “There are code words put in all these press articles about he’s how quirky or he’s dry witted or he has an acerbic sense of humor. All those kind of things, those are very accurate characterizations of him.”

McCotter enters as a long-shot with little national name ID. But the campaign maintains the congressman has time to change that. McCotter hopes to be included in the presidential debate in Ames in August.

“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” the adviser said. “We’re very aware of that.” (Thaddeus McCotter’s presidential slogan: ‘Seize Freedom!’)

The aide told TheDC that McCotter, the former head of the Republican Policy Committee, will make a formal campaign announcement Saturday at a Freedom Fest event in Whitmore Lake, Mich.

The campaign slogan will be an “America that Works.” The campaign operation will be based out of Plymouth, Mich., the aide said.

The adviser added that McCotter has “said from the beginning he’s in it to win it. This is not to affect the debate. This is not to increase his profile or anything like that. He’s been involved in politics for a very long time and he doesn’t commit himself to something without being fully committed.”