Surprise: Thad McCotter to announce presidential run on Saturday

posted at 8:48 pm on June 30, 2011 by Allahpundit

I remember him floating this idea awhile back but figured it was just a bit of media-baiting to raise his profile ahead of a possible Senate run.

Nope.

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich. will launch his presidential campaign on July 2, making him the third sitting member of the House to run for the White House in 2012.

McCotter will make his bid official in his home state of Michigan, according to a knowledgable source in the campaign who declined to be identified…

McCotter caused a stir at the Ames Straw Poll campaign space auction last week when he attempted to anonymously secure a key place for the August event, according to The Iowa Republican.

His representative was eventually forced to reveal her client after the other campaigns, who thought the anonymous bidder was for an undeclared candidate such as ex-Alaska governor Sarah Palin or Texas governor Rick Perry.

He spent four days in Iowa this week and, per the Des Moines Register, might be looking to snap up some of the local staffers who jumped ship after the S.S. Gingrich started to capsize. I’d love to tell you which substantive niche he’ll fill in the field once he’s in, but he stands out in my mind more for his stylistic departures from the traditional GOP mold than for his policy stances — with the notable exception of his position on bailouts, where he opposed TARP but backed the GM package. (He’s from Michigan.) He’s sharp, funny, and sufficiently at ease with pop culture to be a perennial on “Red Eye,” so he’s bound to get some attention at the debates. Enough attention to dislodge Bachmann or leapfrog Cain on the conservative side of the field, though?

Romney’s counting on his local pedigree to make the Michigan primary a gimme so McCotter could hurt him there. Then again, Michigan’s tentatively scheduled for February 28, three weeks after Super Tuesday, so Romney will likely either be finished or the prohibitive frontrunner by the time we get to that. Maybe McCotter’s thinking that Carl Levin, who’ll be 80 in 2014, will decide not to run for reelection, and that a presidential run now will help introduce him to Michigan voters statewide ahead of that? Here’s his speech last week to the RLC via Dave Weigel, who notes that “Red Eye” now has its very own presidential candidate. Yeah, big week for Greg Gutfeld, huh?

Update: From National Journal, eight things to know about Thad McCotter. Note numbers six and seven.

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The Plot Thickens!!

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Does anyone care?

trigon on June 30, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Perry/McCotter!

juliesa on June 30, 2011 at 8:52 PM

This explains his Libya votes.

SouthernGent on June 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Don’t you go steppin’ on that Big Mo headin’ over ta T-Paw, now T-Cot…

Bruno Strozek on June 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Who?

txag92 on June 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

I guess nobody’s scared of Teh One anymore.

CPT. Charles on June 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Thaddeus McCotter
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http://www.facebook.com/thaddeusmccotter

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Any friend of unions is not a friend of mine.

Rod on June 30, 2011 at 8:53 PM

So he buys votes with feel-good tax breaks, opposes free trade, and is a Arlen Specter-style “labor Republican.”

Next!

HitNRun on June 30, 2011 at 8:54 PM

You can’t win the lottery if you don’t have a ticket. I take it as a good sign that some number of politicians think Obama is vulnerable to being picked off in 2012.

Drained Brain on June 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Thaddeus McCotter-who is this strange visitor from the 19th Century?

Oh,BTW, Obama’s a d**k.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Pretty much no chance, but I’ll watch any debate he can get into.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . . .

AZCoyote on June 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Who is me?

tom0508 on June 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

He.

tom0508 on June 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Sh!t just got real.

catmman on June 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

He’s goofy and funny but I don’t know whether he’s presidential material yet. Hope he’s better material than Bachmann though.

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Bubba-approved Republican “moderate.”

Bat Chain Puller on June 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

The more the RINOiyer…

Let the RINO gore fest begin..

Mcguyver on June 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Thad McCotter: 2012 Presidential Profile
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Personal Information

http://conservativedailynews.com/2011/05/thad-mccotter-2012-presidential-profile/

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Puh. Lease.

Who’s next? Austin Scott?

(You: “Who?” Me: “Exactly.”)

Splashman on June 30, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Who? Maybe he and Johnson should get together for a beer summit sometime. Actually, I did see him on Gomer Pyle’s show last weekend. Dry wit and plays a mean axe.

Kissmygrits on June 30, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Thanks, but no thanks. A tax break for pet owners? Say wa? Not to mention #6 and #7 as pointed out.

RDE2010 on June 30, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Didn’t he support the auto bailout that ignored banktruptcy law and screwed the bondholders? So much for the rule of law.

Wethal on June 30, 2011 at 8:59 PM

6. Tough on trade.

McCotter opposes the Republican party’s free-trade consensus. Currently every other presidential candidate in the field seems to agree with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s declaration that “we should not restrict trade.”

7. Supports labor.

The union presence in McCotter’s district has led him to sometimes support labor-related bills. He was one of 13 Republicans to vote for passage of an organized-labor bill to expedite union organization and was in favor of government intervention for General Motors and Chrysler.

Yea…no thanks.

jawkneemusic on June 30, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Does anyone care?

trigon on June 30, 2011 at 8:51 PM

I don’t know, but I might. At this stage the more voices the better.

whbates on June 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

You can’t win the lottery if you don’t have a ticket.

Drained Brain on June 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Hmmm. What sort of people purchase lottery tickets?

Splashman on June 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Great, the more the merrier. It’s all about choice. Personally I’d like to see about a dozen more serious candidates enter the GOP race.

Tommy_G on June 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

McCotter was on Huckabee, both for an interview and a jam session.

texasconserv on June 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

My cat will be announcing tomorrow. I think he has about the same chance.

flyoverland on June 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

ROFL, another kick to Sarah Palin who is afraid to enter the race.

Bishop on June 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM

That is a no-go !!

bayview on June 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Wow.

THIS is news.

Awesome addition to the fray.

rickyricardo on June 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM

That is a farce.

bayview on June 30, 2011 at 9:03 PM

I’m not watching 10 minutes of Thad, but would one of you suckers….er…political experts tell me what 6 and 7 are?

Bishop on June 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM

He should liven up some of the debates…

d1carter on June 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Looks like Putin.

Maybe if Putin steals the Russian election, Thad can steal ours.

Then the world will be confused who is who.

profitsbeard on June 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM

He was one of 13 Republicans to vote for passage of an organized-labor bill to expedite union organization and was in favor of government intervention for General Motors and Chrysler

dealbreaker

darwin-t on June 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM

puhleeeze

cmsinaz on June 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

ROFL, another kick to Sarah Palin who is afraid to enter the race.

Bishop on June 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Bishop:Pure RINO speak,and crazy talk!Hehe:)

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

He’s got a razor sharp wit. Should be fun in the debates…

Palin/Perry

Fallon on June 30, 2011 at 9:08 PM

ROFL, another kick to Sarah Palin who is afraid to enter the race.

Bishop on June 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Sadist.

:)

catmman on June 30, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Lacks Presidential hairs.

goldwaterpunk on June 30, 2011 at 9:09 PM

I’d never vote for a man named Thad…
Reminds me of Spaulding in caddie shack

golfmann on June 30, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Remember:

Its the Year of the Conservative Women/2012!

Jus say’n!!

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM

He has a neat stars and stripes guitar going for him. That’s about it. He’s witty, but meh. Next…

Philly on June 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Note numbers six and seven.

I didn’t get past number five.

5. Proposed a tax break for pet owners.
McCotter asked fellow members of Congress to join him in supporting H. R. 3501, the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act. The bill proposes to allow pet owners a $3,500 annual tax deduction for “qualified pet-care expenses.”

CTSherman on June 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Revenge of the bald…

rightwingyahooo on June 30, 2011 at 9:11 PM

YES !!!!

YehuditTX on June 30, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Free trade with dictator communists is stupid.

freedomplow on June 30, 2011 at 9:12 PM

AC/DC- long way to the top if you want to rock n roll lyrics
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFlNo1NjAEQ

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:12 PM

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:12 PM

perfect

CTSherman on June 30, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Thad was always angry that his dad did not name him Sue.

bayview on June 30, 2011 at 9:14 PM

As t approaches infinity the ratio of candidates to that of the electorate approaches unity.

Geochelone on June 30, 2011 at 9:15 PM

I really like him!

The Notorious G.O.P on June 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM

….although not crazy about #6 and #7….

But I don’t expect him to get the nomination, but to elevate the debate and keep all the candidates on their toes. They can challenge him about free trade and unions and we’ll hear what he has to say.

Regardless, it will be entertaining.

YehuditTX on June 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM

YehuditTX on June 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Why can’t you just admit you hate Sarah Palin?

/

*I wasn’t going to put the sarc tag, hoping it would be obvious. But the way some of the threads went last week, figured I’d better do it anyway…

catmman on June 30, 2011 at 9:21 PM

He would destroy Ojesus in any debate on any subject. The dude is razor-sharp and is adept at withering sarcasm.

This is probably just a move to garner more name-recognition for the future, though.

hillbillyjim on June 30, 2011 at 9:22 PM

The crazy thing is that neither he nor any other top tier candidate (Pete Hoekstra, Terri Lynn Land, Saul Anuzis) seems to want to take on our illustrious junior senator here in Michigan, Debbie Stabenow. This sure does seem like a way to raise his national profile because he is hardly known, even in Michigan. I live in south central Michigan and I doubt many people here know who Thad McCotter is.

WV736 on June 30, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Interesting. I probably will not vote for him. He’s never been a U.S Senator, governor, or VP, but lets review his record:

- Pro-life
- Supports the federal marriage amendment
- A grade from the NRA.
- Liberal groups such as the APHA (health-care), ARA (Social Security), LCV (environment), FAIR (immigation), and NEA (Education) give him very low grades.
- Pro-free trade record, but opposed CAFTA.
- Favors the Patriot Act.
- Issues2000.org labels him a hard-core conservative.
- American Conservative Union gives him an 85 career conservative voting record.

Frank T.J Mackey on June 30, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Really great guy and will be one of the smartest on stage. Seems like he’s raising his profile; don’t know if he can go the distance but the waters fine.

IR-MN on June 30, 2011 at 9:25 PM

He’ll dilute the Huntsman vote.
/s

MassVictim on June 30, 2011 at 9:27 PM

YES !!!!

YehuditTX on June 30, 2011 at 9:12 PM

I was hoping we could do an exchange with Michigan, they give us McCotter, we give them Cornyn. This works too :)

McCotter!!! It’s On.

Dr Evil on June 30, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Does too many GOP candidates help or hinder Obama? How many is too many?

Crux Australis on June 30, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Interesting. I probably will not vote for him. He’s never been a U.S Senator, governor, or VP, but lets review his record:Frank T.J Mackey on June 30, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Neither is Michelle Bachmann but everyone thinks she’s electable. McCotter is not a gaffe machine.

Dr Evil on June 30, 2011 at 9:29 PM

People who are dismissing McCotter because of some of his positions and votes (which do give serious concern) – please watch the video. He gets the important things about what America is.

YehuditTX on June 30, 2011 at 9:30 PM

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:12 PM
===============
perfect

CTSherman on June 30, 2011 at 9:13 PM

CTSherman:Its the bag-pipes that works for me!!:)

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Thad Who?

Browncoatone on June 30, 2011 at 9:31 PM

YehuditTX on June 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Why can’t you just admit you hate Sarah Palin?

LOL. I love Sarah and she will do way more good outside the race than in it.

YehuditTX on June 30, 2011 at 9:31 PM

If I hadn’t seen him on Red Eye I wouldn’t even know his name.

MJBrutus on June 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Hey he has a better resume than bachmann. He actually had a leadership position and a 5 term congressman instead of a 2 and hlf term congreswoman.

I guess one could call him the “smart” Bachmann

unseen on June 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

5. Proposed a tax break for pet owners.

McCotter asked fellow members of Congress to join him in supporting H. R. 3501, the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act. The bill proposes to allow pet owners a $3,500 annual tax deduction for “qualified pet-care expenses.”

6. Tough on trade.

McCotter opposes the Republican party’s free-trade consensus. Currently every other presidential candidate in the field seems to agree with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s declaration that “we should not restrict trade.”

7. Supports labor.

The union presence in McCotter’s district has led him to sometimes support labor-related bills. He was one of 13 Republicans to vote for passage of an organized-labor bill to expedite union organization and was in favor of government intervention for General Motors and Chrysler.

5. Weird.
6. Bad.
7. Even worse.

AshleyTKing on June 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Out:Boring(Except for Cuda’)2008

In:Gawd only knows…2012!
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Ted Nugent – Free For All
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c2OM7HEfrs

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:33 PM

“He is Obama in a skirt…in pants…just white” — unseen

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Does too many GOP candidates help or hinder Obama? How many is too many?
Crux Australis on June 30, 2011 at 9:28 PM

It’s only the primaries. The herd will thin, depending on whether they can fill their campaign coffers, expect Rep Ron Paul, to be there right to the end. Herman Cain has held public office and he’s running for President. If Herman Cain can get in the race, there is no reason for someone with strong conservative credentials to get in the race. Rep McCotter is a very goof speaker, and highly intelligent. He also has a law degree.

Dr Evil on June 30, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Bishop, just for you

6. Tough on trade.

McCotter opposes the Republican party’s free-trade consensus. Currently every other presidential candidate in the field seems to agree with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s declaration that “we should not restrict trade.”

7. Supports labor.

The union presence in McCotter’s district has led him to sometimes support labor-related bills. He was one of 13 Republicans to vote for passage of an organized-labor bill to expedite union organization and was in favor of government intervention for General Motors and Chrysler.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Senator Debbie Stabenow. Isn’t that the name of that liberal Senator from his state people were clamoring for him to knock out of her seat? You know her, the woman who wants Rush Limbaugh off the air and who’s husband is a wheeler-dealer pushing for radio censorship and the “Fairness Doctrine”.

But alas, Thadeus has no use for a Senate seat (which he figures he’d lose), replacing an ultra-liberal blight on this nation with a Conservative, so he’s running for the top spot: which he has an even more humongous guarantee of losing.

I have no use for him.

Marcus on June 30, 2011 at 9:35 PM

I guess one could call him the “smart” Bachmann

unseen on June 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

“He is Bachmann without the skirt. That’s good” –unseen

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Reserving judgement….…..the more the merrier!

But based on posts above he sounds like TPaw with no hair and a personality.

PappyD61 on June 30, 2011 at 9:36 PM

profitsbeard on June 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Looks more like Lenin. Putin is way shorter.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM

I guess one could call him the “smart” Bachmann

unseen on June 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

unseen:I dunno,remember the Meggy McCain,”Bachmann is a POOR
MANS Palin snafu”…..jus say’n!:)

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM

YehuditTX on June 30, 2011 at 9:30 PM

I can live with a Perry Presidency, but I would be happy with a McCotter Presidency, there’s a ticket in there somewhere.

My list is Palin, Perry, McCotter. They can shuffle that ticket anyway they like.

Dr Evil on June 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I kind of like McCotter. I don’t think he is quailified to be POTUS since he is only a house member but he had a leadership position, wanted to shut it down to save taxpayer money, speaks a good game. He goes on the list of a possible about 4th i think. will have to research him more. but just from a quick read he is way more quailified than Bachmann.

unseen on June 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM

William Hurt?

slickwillie2001 on June 30, 2011 at 9:38 PM

unseen:I dunno,remember the Meggy McCain,”Bachmann is a POOR
MANS Palin snafu”…..jus say’n!:)

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM

I don’t know is Mccotter poor?

unseen on June 30, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Reserving judgement….…..the more the merrier!

But based on posts above he sounds like TPaw with no hair and a personality.

PappyD61 on June 30, 2011 at 9:36 PM

PappyD61:Oh boy,but ya know,I think your theory might
have merits!:)

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:38 PM

unseen, I’m just messin’ with ya. Whoever makes it, after a good primary fight, I’ll vote for. 5 more years of Obama is inconceivable.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Thaddeus McCotter-who is this strange visitor from the 19th Century?
Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

LOL!! Dr. Carlo Lombardi, if that’s you’re real name, well played.

abobo on June 30, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Finally the candidate with the “Mc” in there name is declaring. Watch the Jacksonians, and the Reagan Democrats.

Dr Evil on June 30, 2011 at 9:41 PM

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM
I don’t know is Mccotter poor?

unseen on June 30, 2011 at 9:38 PM

unseen:Ugh,you said,Thad is a”Smart” Bachmann,it reminded me
of Meggys comment about Bachmann,that was all!!!

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:41 PM

5 more years of Obama is inconceivable.

Schadenfreude on June 30, 2011 at 9:39 PM

agreed but I also would like a clean break form the last 23 years of bad decisions

unseen on June 30, 2011 at 9:42 PM

How about a $3500 tax deduction for home schooling or private education? Now that would be something.

However, that really belongs in the state or local government level.

AshleyTKing on June 30, 2011 at 9:42 PM

unseen:Ugh,you said,Thad is a”Smart” Bachmann,it reminded me
of Meggys comment about Bachmann,that was all!!!

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Well the smart thing was a dig at the Ed rollins comment.

unseen on June 30, 2011 at 9:44 PM

He will make T-Paw look like Mr.Excitement.

Seriously…what’s with all of these Representatives running? ZERO CHANCE… ZERO !

stenwin77 on June 30, 2011 at 9:46 PM

I belong to the demographic McCotter appeals to “the bitter, gun clinging, bible hugging, stranger avoiders” Senator Jim Webb (D) got those folks support, when he ran for his Senate seat in Virginia, the Blue Dog Democrats turned out for Webb, he’s not running for reelection Virginia soured on the Democrats. McCotter can appeal to the Reagan Democrats and Jacksonians. He’s a lawyer he shouldn’t be a problem for the establishment branch of the Republican party.

Dr Evil on June 30, 2011 at 9:47 PM

As usual we dont need the Dems to shoot our foot off as we do it quite well ourselves. Just what we need, another candidate with no national name recognition to further fracture the base. The problem is that Obama appears so beatable that every hack who ever dreamed of being president will toss his hat in the ring before its over. Maybe that has been BHO”s strategy all along!

pgrossjr on June 30, 2011 at 9:47 PM

The problem is that Obama appears so beatable that every hack who ever dreamed of being president will toss his hat in the ring before its over. Maybe that has been BHO”s strategy all along!

pgrossjr on June 30, 2011 at 9:47 PM

If so then why aren’t big names throwing their hat into the ring?

unseen on June 30, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Dear Everybody,

Before making your choice for the GOP nominee, consider the fact that House reps don’t get elected President, and that will not change in 2012.

Hollowpoint on June 30, 2011 at 9:50 PM

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