U.S. Rep. McCotter seeking Iowa support for presidential bid
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Livonia) has spent the last several days searching Iowa for support for a potential bid for the GOP nomination for president.
The Des Moines Register reports the Congressman from Michigan is eyeing the race — and the potential challengers — carefully.
“Republicans may be prepared at some point to settle, if that’s how they view it, but they’re still viewing it as, ‘Why should we have to? What else is out there?’ It doesn’t mean it’s me,” he said. “The reason I was here was to find out are they even asking that question, ‘What else is out there?’ And they clearly are.”
The key to who Republicans “settle” on is likely to hinge on the perception of who can beat President Barack Obama.
“There’s a very healthy respect for Obama as a politician and as Republicans, they want to make sure someone can defeat him,” he said in an interview in Des Moines Wednesday before he flew back to Michigan.
While McCotter has purchased a spot on the Iowa Straw Poll ballot, he still has not made a final decision about whether to run for the Presidency. He told the Register that he paid for the Poll spot with money from his Congressional campaign account.