Michigan Rep. McCotter Running For GOP Nomination

June 30, 2011 2:35 p.m.
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The race for the Republican presidential nomination just got a big dose of electric guitar. USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich reports that Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) will make official Saturday what he’s been hinting at for months: he’s a candidate for president.

McCotter, a name most people don’t know but a former player in House Republican leadership, has already made moves to suggest serious about his bid.Earlier thins month, he publicly dogged former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) when he stumped in the Detroit area, home of McCotter’s district. And just last week he secured some of the most prime real estate at the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, a key step toward playing for a win in the Republican caucuses.

McCotter, who’s known for his electric guitar and his conservative politics. He’s pro most of the things Republican primary voters want their nominee to be for, and he’s against most of the things they want their nominee to oppose. An exception is the auto bailout, which Republicans hate but McCotter — by virtue of his Detroit-area district — supports.

How he finds traction in the vast and still changing Republican field is anyone’s guess. But he’s certainly going to make things a lot more interesting.

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