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Jimmy McMillan Of 'The Rent Is Too Damn High' Announces Presidential Bid

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Jimmy McMillan, folk hero, internet sensation, and leader of New York political party "The Rent Is Too Damn High," recently announced he has his sights set on the White House.

After being catapulted to fame following a quirky yet impressive performance in the New York gubernatorial debates this fall, McMillan attained rockstar status, winning more than 40,000 votes in this year's New York governor's race. Now he says he's ready to take on President Barack Obama in a quest for higher office.

"If you don't do your job right, I am coming at you," he said, complaining about the president's bailout of General Motors. "I know Barack Obama is an Internet hog. I know he knows that I am out there. But what he hasn't heard yet is that Jimmy McMillan is running for President of the United States of America."

McMillan urged Obama to call him up on the phone and invite him to serve in the administration. That scenario aside, McMillan said he would register as a Republican to avoid a primary challenge from the president, who he referred to as "a good-looking young guy" he admires.

"I'm coming after his black ass," he said of Obama.

McMillan said his greatest strengths include a mastery of social media, an ability to pinch pennies, and inimitable political vision.

And, for those curious about his stance on global warming, McMillan says he isn't buying Al Gore's "punk" science.

"Global warming is a natural occurrence that happens every 15,000 years," McMillan explained.

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