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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nerd Power!

The departure of Mitch Daniels left a nerd vacuum in the ranks of Republican presidential contenders. Thaddeus McCotter may fill it. Jonathan Martin reports at Politico:

Another Republican is eyeing a late entrance into the presidential primary, and his name is not Jeb, Chris, Paul or Rick.

It’s Thaddeus.

In an interview Monday with POLITICO, Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter said he’s seriously considering a White House bid and will decide within the next two weeks.

McCotter argued that the current crop of GOP candidates simply isn’t making the case about how to confront what he described as the existential threats facing the country.

“I think the majority of the Republican electorate isn’t happy with the choices they’ve got and want to take a look at new people,” he said.

McCotter said his party must address four major issues: “The challenge of globalization, the war for freedom against terrorists, the rise of Communist China and whether moral relativism erodes a nation built on self-evident truth.”

The last House member to go directly to the presidency was James A. Garfield in 1880.