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Thaddeus McCotter 2012 Presidential Campaign Launches With Michigan Announcement

Thaddeus Mccotter 2012

AP/The Huffington Post   First Posted: 07/02/11 09:47 PM ET Updated: 09/01/11 06:12 AM ET

U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) announced his candidacy for president of the United States on Saturday in his home state of Michigan.

"There are a lot of people out there worried the American dream is in danger," the GOP hopeful recently told WJR radio in addressing his presidential ambitions.

Reuters reports:

"There are a lot of people out there worried the American dream is in danger," McCotter told WJR radio.

He said the other Republican candidates are "fine people" but are not prepared to seize the opportunity to challenge and defeat Democratic President Barack Obama.

"I believe I could," he said. "You're never going to know unless you get into the arena."

The 45-year-old attorney from the Detroit suburb of Livonia made the announcement Saturday evening during a festival in Whitmore Lake, 30 miles west of Detroit.

McCotter, who's also a guitarist, performed with his band at the event.

McCotter was elected to his fifth consecutive term in Congress in November.

He will join a field of GOP hopefuls that already includes former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, pizza magnate Herman Cain, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

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