GOP Mich. US Rep. McCotter Running For President

McCotter Expected To Make Official Announcement Saturday

LIVONIA, Mich. - Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter has gone public with his plans to seek the Republican nomination for president.

A day after Local 4 broke the news that the 45-year-old would run, he sat down with Local on Friday.

He said he will officially announce his candidacy on Saturday during an Independence Day festival at Whitmore Lake, about 30 miles west of Detroit.

"It's there because I live in Michigan. July 2 is when they actually signed the Declaration of Independence before it was issued to the public on July 4," he said.

He is also expected to play guitar with his band at the event.

The Livonia Republican said he would push for a fundamental restructuring of government and for Wall Street banks that received federal bailout money to free up credit.

"The republican electorate is not satisfied with the field as it is, so they are receptive to the new message and another candidate at this point in time. Whether or not they respond to my message is up to them, but if I don't ask and put in front of them, they'll never have the chance to consider it much less accept it," McCotter said.

McCotter was elected to his fifth consecutive term in Congress in November. Before that he was a lawyer, a state senator, a Wayne County commissioner and a community college trustee.

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