McCotter ends presidential run
September 22nd, 2011
03:58 PM ET
3 years ago

McCotter ends presidential run

(CNN) – Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter ended his presidential bid Thursday, after struggling to secure a foothold in the race for the 2012 GOP nomination.

“Today, effective immediately, I have withdrawn my candidacy to become the Republican Party’s nominee for the Office of President of the United States of America," he said in a statement.

“I have decided to seek re-election to continue to serve as your United States Representative for Michigan’s new 11th Congressional District; and, I am committed to promoting and implementing a platform of principled conservatism."

The five-term Republican has represented the 11th Congressional District since 2002. He surprised 2012 -watchers by purchasing a plot at the influential Ames Straw Poll in late June, thereby signaling his intention to jump into the race.

McCotter declared his candidacy at the Freedom Festival in Whitmore Lake, Michigan on July 2.

Fond of showcasing his guitar-playing skills, he shared the stage with 2007 Ames Straw Poll winner-and bass player-Mike Huckabee at the 2011 event in Ames, but didn't fare well in the contest.

He placed tenth at the straw poll, with 35 votes.

McCotter's decision was first reported by The Detroit News.

–CNN's Peter Hamby and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. ken

    WOW.........Now this is funny. I find out in the news that this man was running for President when he quits LOL.

    September 22, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    This guy had to be the quietest Republican that I've never heard of.

    September 22, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. john

    I didn't even know he was running!

    September 22, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. The Elephant In The Room

    There should be a requirement for any current office holder to RESIGN to run for President. This would put a stop to people like McCotter that are defiling the pursuit of the Presidency with ludicrous activities such as his.

    Michele Bachmann has every right to run for President. She does not have the right to rip the US taxpayer off, to the tune of $174,000 a year, while she does it. Where are all those "conservative", law abiding, "welfare-hating" Tea Party loudmouths on this point? Same for Ron Paul and Rick Perry.

    Put some "skin in the game" or sit down and be quiet.

    September 22, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Larry L

    I think we should follow the money when we see folks enter these races without a chance of winning. I wonder what happens to the contributions they put in the bank after they decide to quit?

    September 22, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. WiredweirdinSF

    He was the most common sense candidate, certainly far exceeding the incompetent, inept, corrupt union toady currently there.

    September 22, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Mr. Excitement he is NOT. Has a dry sense of humor and far too much common sense to get elected. He's also not photogenic. Sad but true, if you don't have the look, you won't get the vote. People in this country are more likely to vote for a good looking empty suit (aka Obama) than an odd looking genius that could do great things.

    September 22, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Voice of Reason

    Who? Was this guy seriously running? What was his campaign strategy? Hiding in the background?

    September 22, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    When did he begin? Inquiring minds want to know.

    September 22, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Expat American

    Was he the guy who played guitar or was he the guy worth millions but can't afford a hairbrush?

    September 22, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. midleclssfan

    On your way out take the rest of your parties clowns with you.

    September 22, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. f

    He didn't even know he was running !

    September 22, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Jack

    I'm dropping out too. Just want everyone to know.

    September 22, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Madtown

    So, I guess he wasn't fringe, divisive, ultra-evangelical, fact-dismissive, pandering, attack-dogging, hate-spewing, history-garbling, reality-twisting enough to gain traction amongst republicans? Must be a good guy.

    September 22, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    This guy was running? Oh well, another bites the dust :)

    September 22, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Patrick from Minnesota

    Thaddeus who?

    September 22, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country
    Mr. Excitement he is NOT. Has a dry sense of humor and far too much common sense to get elected. He's also not photogenic. Sad but true, if you don't have the look, you won't get the vote. People in this country are more likely to vote for a good looking empty suit (aka Obama) than an odd looking genius that could do great things.
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    And a lot of people in this country are more likely to vote for hypocrites (aka the GOP/Tea Party elected officials) who lookout for their corporate handlers instead of the American middle class, the poverty-stricken, the elderly, and children.

    September 22, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. TCVAN

    This guy is WAAAAY to smart to be in politics, but he certainly calls a spade a spade.....who else in DC does that?

    September 22, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |