- Current Title: Congressman for the Michigan 11th
- Party Affiliation:
- Birthplace: Livonia, MI
- Religion: Catholic
- Alma Mater: University of Detroit (BA, JD)
- Website: http://mccotter2012.com
Thaddeus McCotter, a five-term Michigan congressman, was a long shot for the Republican nomination before withdrawing from the race on September 22. Before entering Congress, he worked as a private attorney, a county commissioner, and a state senator. Born in a suburb of Detroit, McCotter diverged from his fellow Republicans when he supported government bailouts of the auto industry in the influential House Financial Services Committee. He has since scored points with Tea Partiers by citing massive restructuring of auto companies as potential models for reforming entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
Though a favorite among conservative talk show hosts for his colorful and often blunt language, McCotter’s biggest challenge is lack of name recognition. He has been described as something of a lone wolf and not a major political figure in Michigan. The announcement of his presidential bid was so low-key even the Drudge Report, a major source for conservative news, did not report it that day.
McCotter supports lowering federal taxes, energy independence and is against illegal immigrants receiving government benefits as well as abortion. In foreign policy he has been a staunch supporter of the Iraq War.
McCotter plays lead guitar in a band called Second Amendments, made up of other congress members and is known to quote song lyrics in his speeches. Former President George W. Bush once called him “that rock and roll guy.”
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