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07/13/2010 02:41 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

S.C. Senate Candidate Alvin Greene Wants Action Figure Idea To Spur Craze Like Tickle Me Elmo

Democrat Alvin Greene, the come-from-nowhere South Carolina U.S. Senate candidate, is sticking by his suggestion that a way to boost job creation would be to have the unemployed "make toys" of him -- "like maybe little action dolls."

Greene elaborated on his economic plan in an interview Monday with Keith Larson on Charlotte-based radio station WBT and signaled his belief that Alvin Greene-themed action figures would fly off the shelves.

The Senate hopeful cited the "Tickle Me Elmo" craze that once swept through the country as a case-in-point. Greene noted that people used to "bum rush the stores" to get their hands on the popular Sesame Street-inspired toy.

Greene asserted in an interview with CNN last week that the reaction to his jobs plan "has been good."

"I am a true American hero and if any of the toy companies want to put something like that forward that would be good," he said. "Just a good positive thing for the kids."

Despite Greene's unlikely win in South Carolina's Democratic primary last month, the Senate hopeful's self-esteem still appears to remain firmly intact. Greene told the New York Times in a recent interview that he's been contacted by big names in the entertainment and media world who are interested in his candidacy. If a biopic were ever to made of his story, the Senate hopeful expressed his hope that his character would be played by Hollywood A-lister Denzel Washington.

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