SOUTHFIELD, Michigan (CNN) – Less than a year after he was released on parole from a Michigan prison for second-degree murder, assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian announced Monday he is running for U.S. Congress.
Kevorkian, 79, will challenge Rep. Joe Knollenberg, a Republican who has represented Michigan's 9th District since 1993.
At a lengthy news conference in suburban Detroit, Michigan, Kevorkian - who is still on parole - voiced his strong opposition to the war in Iraq.
"I am justified in saying that the United states is a criminal nation. We're a bull in the china shop," he said. "We have committed a horrendous international crime."
He also said he would push for legalizing marijuana in some instances, but was vague on whether his support of assisted suicide would be a campaign issue.
Kevorkian was released on parole on June 1 after serving more than eight years of a 10- to 25-year sentence at Lakeford Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Jackson, Michigan.
He was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1998 death of Thomas Youk, 52, of Waterford Township, Michigan. Youk suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Updated 11:25 a.m. with CNN Wire copy
–CNN's Bill Kirkos
Iam sure he is more real than Obama. Where he came from ,his world is reality.You dont play no games and lie to your convict buddies ,like Obama lie's to the whole country.Kev. might just surprise the country.He has nothing to hide from the country like Obama. Go Kev.