By Dan Cleary


Roll Call ran full-speed ahead with this headline, but read below and you’ll see this isn’t quite etched in stone. Yet. Late Thursday evening approaching a holiday weekend seems like a strange time to drop news like this, but then again it is Fourth of July weekend. What better timing?

I love Thad McCotter. He’s a solid conservative, kills on Red Eye, and he even gets the Led out on the House floor. That’s a pretty cool package.

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter plans to announce his 2012 presidential bid Saturday, USA Today and the Detroit News reported Thursday, citing unidentified sources.

The Michigan Republican will announce his campaign in his home state, making him the third House Member to enter the race. Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and Ron Paul (Texas) have also launched campaigns.

McCotter spokeswoman Michaela Huntley told the Detroit News that the lawmaker had made a decision about whether to run, but she declined to disclose his plans.

Here is McCotter’s speech from the Right Online conference in Minneapolis a few weeks ago.


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  • Anonymous

    Oh yeah…he’s pretty great IMO. He is extremely good at reducing foolishness to it’s lowest common denominator, i.e, progressive (which means destructive) democrats. He plays electric guitar, has a good sense of humor and can reduce O’ to a squiggly pile of jello in a debate. Cool. I learned to like him during the transitional phase between Bush and O’. He was flying beneath the radar before then, even for me, a Michigander. I live in district #1. His is another.

    • Anonymous

      Outstaters get all the good reps. We have the mummified, superannuated leftist (who used to be a solid vote for the military). Good old John (I mentioned old, right?) Dingell.

      • Anonymous

        Yucky! I can’t believe that sonofadoodoo didn’t lose that seat this last time.
        It’s like a family heirloom for him. I don’t get it.

        We now have Dr. Dan Benishek who took the Bart Stupunk seat. Who is now a partner, mind ya’ in a lobbying group that lobbies for Planned Parenthood. Good thing he’s sooo Pro-life huh? He showed us just how pro-life during the healthcare debate. Hence, the ‘Stupunk’, as opposed to the name his daddy gave him…Stupak.

        • Anonymous

          You are fortunate to have Dr. Dan Benishek as your representative, I am in the 4th. congressional district with Dave Camp as my rep. What I don’t understand about McCotter is that he could take away Debbie Stabenow’s senate seat if he tried. No one, not Pete Hoekstra, Terri Lynn Land, Dick Devos or even the Oakland County Sheriff- Michael Bouchard shows any interest in running against her. Speaking of John Dingell, I think it should have been his deat lost in the last census. Apologies for going off topic.

          • Anonymous

            How old is Dingbat anyway, 127 or so? I think he’s held together with nothing but duck tap and Geritol. I say ‘duck’ tape cuz him such a socialist QUACK!

  • Anonymous

    LOVE HIM and he ain’t afraid to kick some ass with facts and humor!

  • http://twitter.com/RichMcCreedy Richard McCreedy

    Such little name recognition I think he probably needed to get in sooner to have any real shot. At this point, you have to have a big time name if you’re coming in this late.

  • http://twitter.com/RichMcCreedy Richard McCreedy

    Such little name recognition I think he probably needed to get in sooner to have any real shot. At this point, you have to have a big time name if you’re coming in this late.

  • Anonymous

    Although he may have many faults as most of us do, you will not find a stronger pro life advocate, a stronger DOMA advocate, a stronger second amendment advocate or a more anti big government candidate. I love him too, but I think the support of The Dream Act is a big mistake.

  • Anonymous

    I would vote for him in a heartbeat. If I can’t have West, Thad would be the next best thing. I do want to know what his take is on islam and the border before a 100% yes. He does live in the Dearbornistan state. Other than that everything I seen about him is great.

    • Anonymous

      If you look up Thad McCotter on the issues there is a pretty broad scope of his voting record. He gets an A from NRA, 100 percent from Right To Life, 100 percent from the Christian Coalition and strongly opposes the radical gay agenda.

      • Anonymous

        I wish just once we could have a candidate who supports the radical gay agenda, they sure would make our convention a lot more colorful.

        • Anonymous

          If they do they won’t win the 2012 nominee. IMO, most conservatives are sick of the social agenda.

          • Anonymous

            I think you mean the left’s social agenda?

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like a winner!

      • Anonymous

        That’s extremely good. But did you say he supported the DREAM act?

      • Anonymous

        He has his own You Tube page. I haven’t found anything on islam though. He gave a great speech about a Soldier and I can’t find it. It was very moving, it was the first video of him that caught my attention and made me remember him.

  • Anonymous

    I would vote for him in a heartbeat. If I can’t have West, Thad would be the next best thing. I do want to know what his take is on islam and the border before a 100% yes. He does live in the Dearbornistan state. Other than that everything I seen about him is great.

  • Anonymous

    I like him. He would be wonderful.

  • http://geopolicy.wordpress.com Tony

    Well if true… Then I will have to include one more besides Herman Cain as my favorite, namely Thad Mccotter.

  • Anonymous

    He sounded great, politically, personally and musically when I heard him on Huckabee Sunday, but then I just read a few things about him I don’t like. He’s against free trade and he supported the GM bailout, and generally supports labor. That makes him a no go for me. If it comes between him and O, of course I’d vote for him, but in the primary, no way.

    • CitizenHill

      Go beyond the rumors and the naysayers… often what is reported as fact, is not, or for that matter there may have been ‘pork’ attached that served no purpose other than to garner ‘favorable’ votes.
      Do your own research, and see what holds water!

  • Anonymous

    He has given some terrific speeches at CPAC and David Horowitz retreats. I don’t know his position on every issue but I do know that he understands and respects the Constitution and believes in the Consent Of The Governed. Fancy that!

  • http://twitter.com/gothicreader JW

    Where has this man been hiding? Very statesman – could be the next Reagan IMO.

    • Anonymous

      AMEN ! I do agree.

  • Anonymous

    That’s kind of a disappointment, to me. He’s a libertarian guy. Way more than Reagan was, for example. I don’t think his candidacy has enough going in, nor enough to sustain it past the first few primaries. It takes lots of advance prep, and money. And more money.

    I’d love to see him in the debates, but we already have Ron Paul in there flaming the libertarian flame. McCotter would be a better, smarter version of the Paul legacy, but honestly: this isn’t his game. If he’s playing the long game, then maybe. This just seems a bit like Trump’s “candidacy.” What’s the point?

    • Persephone

      All true.
      But K_Bob, most people would’ve never heard of Ron Paul if he had not been a perennial candidate for president.
      RP has never had a chance of winning, and he is smart enough to know that.
      Just being in the race has given him more notice than he otherwise would have gotten, and a forum for his ideas.

      So I look forward to hearing more of McCotter’s dry wit in the overall dialogue, if he does get in the race.

      • Anonymous

        Even if he doesn’t make it to the end he has enough thought provoking good things to say that it will help sway independents. Looking forward to him in the debates. He isn’t afraid to speak his mind and he doesn’t seem to be of the mainstream republitards. Did you see him doing his definitions of democrats?
        It was hilarious.

        People didn’t know who West was either, many still don’t, but w/exposure and people passing things around the blogs McCotter can find notoriety quickly especially if he declares which it seems he is gonna do.

      • Anonymous

        Perennial is bad. That puts him in with a lot of cranks, loons, and favorite_epithet_goes_here types.

        But like RSHill wrote, this does give him some serious cred going into a potential Senatorial race. Right now, though, he (like Allen West) is getting a lot of exposure. Howbout he gets a slot on the prime-time podium during the Republican National Convention? That would do him some exposure.

        McCotter is clearly smart enough to play the long game, so I guess he should at least give it a try.

  • Persephone

    This is great.
    What I have seen of McCotter so far, I really like.
    He seems to be a fighter.

    Even if he has no chance of winning, it will give him a lot of notice and name recognition as a result of being in the race.
    So instead of being ignored…the next time he stands up on the floor of Congress railing against the Dems, he will get much more media attention than he otherwise would have.

  • http://thereactionariesspeak.com/ reactionaries

    Love this guy, pretty solid on the votes of his that I have tracked. I have tweeted with him on a few occasions, and if I can find any fault with him, it is that he is too deferential to the GOP leadership.
    Seeing him in a debate w/ Beloved Leader would be like watching a super sniper dispatching a field strawmen. With a flamethrower.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, check this out. According The Detroit News McCotter filed his papers today to run for Pres.

    While you’re at it, check this out. Say he doesn’t get the nomination. What he does get is extra name recognition and can run against Senator Stabenow (ralph) and kick her political heineken, all the way from Detroit to Marquette.

    Weeeeeee! That’s worthy of a screamin’ guitar riff!

    How does one write a screamin’ guitar riff anyhow?

    • Persephone

      In reading around the blogosphere, I’ve read where some folks are saying that McCotter ‘voted for Card Check’ and is ‘pro-union’.

      That’s not true, is it?
      Say it ain’t so, Rshill.

      • Anonymous

        To be honest, I do not know. I have felt a minor bit of pro-union coming from him a couple of times. Keep in mind he is a “representative” of his district in Michigan, home of Ford and GM. If that district be 92% pro-union, he must be that to “represent” them right?

        That might be the reason he seeks Pres. or Senate, so he can represent something closer to what he himself truly belivees. He’s been an attorney. He might want to represent the majority of folks who feel as he does for a change.

        • Persephone

          Thanks, Rshill.
          That makes sense.

        • Persephone

          Thanks, Rshill.
          That makes sense.

      • Anonymous

        To be honest, I do not know. I have felt a minor bit of pro-union coming from him a couple of times. Keep in mind he is a “representative” of his district in Michigan, home of Ford and GM. If that district be 92% pro-union, he must be that to “represent” them right?

        That might be the reason he seeks Pres. or Senate, so he can represent something closer to what he himself truly belivees. He’s been an attorney. He might want to represent the majority of folks who feel as he does for a change.

  • Anonymous

    This isn’t meant to be disrespectful – I really liked what he said – but his humor and appearance remind me strongly of Tommy Smothers. Remember the Smothers Brothers, anyone?

    • Anonymous

      Oh yeah! So, so funny. I was the remote control back when they were on TV.
      And I agree, he does look rather Tommy’ish.

    • Anonymous

      Oh yeah! So, so funny. I was the remote control back when they were on TV.
      And I agree, he does look rather Tommy’ish.

  • Anonymous

    His delivery is good, good sense of humor, believes in Americans and the American system of governance, need to know alot more about him though. Wish we could write all of the questions for all the debates to come, this year and next, and insist on short concise answers, no hot-air,time wasting. Like good attorneys, to be in the running for POTUS, they should be prepared, and know the answers to what most of us would want to know. Never show up for work without the tools to do a proper job,as the current POTUS seems to have done. Unprepared, Unamerican, and Uncaring. McCotter needs to get going and get his message out, and his voting record so people can make better choice this time around! Oh yes, I do remember Tommy Smothers, there is a resemblance, Though smothers was very. liberal.

  • Anonymous

    Everything about Rep. McCotter is Presidential. This Man is as smart as any of the Founding Fathers and has that Humorous Wit about him that reminds me of President Reagan. He would soundly destroy Obama in any given debate and best of all he has no negatives other than low name recognition. I thank GOD that he is now a candidate.

  • Anonymous

    You cannot tell from one clip what kind of man this is! Look what happened the last time this country voted for a president based on his personality, ability to speak, or because you just thought he was “cool”. Let’s don’t make the same mistake in 2012!Check his voting record people!
    http://www.ontheissues.org/MI/Thad_McCotter.htm