LIVONIA (WWJ) – Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, of Livonia, plans to announce he’s running for President of the United States. Speaking live on WWJ Newsradio 950, McCotter, a Republican, said he knows he doesn’t have the national name recognition that he has in Michigan.

“I’m under no illusions. It’s going to be a hard road. But, as you know, that’s why we have campaigns,” McCotter said.

“And the way that you get a message out is take it to the voters, see if they like it, see if it resonates, see if they wanna get behind it to move America forward. That’s the way you have to do it and that’s the right way to do it,” he said.

McCotter said he’s running for president because it’s a difficult time in the country and we need to restructure the government and the banks to get credit flowing and get the economy moving.

Will he run for Congress again if his presidential bid fails?

“We’re not entertaining or considering any type of discussion about that.  I’m focused on the presidency and getting my message in front of the voters,” said McCotter.

Hear our complete interview with McCotter:

McCotter, who represents Michigan’s 11th district, was elected to Congress in 2002 in a tight race against Redford Township Supervisor Kevin Kelley.

He will officially announce his presidential bid this Saturday, July 2, in Livonia.


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