Thaddeus McCotter

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Thaddeus McCotter

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 11th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Joe Knollenberg
Personal details
Born August 22, 1965 (1965-08-22) (age 51)
Livonia, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rita McCotter (1992–present)
Children George (1993), Timothy (1995), Emilia (1997)
Residence Livonia, Michigan
Alma mater University of Detroit
Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Thaddeus George McCotter, also called Thad McCotter is the U.S. Representative to Michigan's 11th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Thad McCotter Timeline

July 2011

July 9: McCotter speaks about foreign policy at Dover public library. He says, "I don't represent Washington to you, I represent you to Washington,". Later in the evening, attends a dinner hosted by the Manchester Republican Committee at Piccola Italia Ristorante in New Hampshire.

July 5: McCotter says that there is room for him in the 2012 field for GOP nomination after seeing the fundraiser reports of the second quarter of 2011 of other GOP presidential candidates. Speaking on ABC's "Top Line" programme, McCotter says:

“The very fact that we're seeing people unable to raise the money that they've talked about shows what has to come first is not the money, but the message,”
“We've seen the people dissatisfied with the field despite the fact that, as you point out, they've been running for years. And so, in doing my due diligence in Iowa and New Hampshire obviously in Michigan and elsewhere in the country, you see the people are open to new candidates and new messages, even at this traditionally late point in the campaign. So I've announced I'm going to go forward. My intent is to win, and that'll be up to the people whether they like the message or not.”

July 2: Thaddeus McCotter announces that he is running for the Republican nomination for the United States Presidential Election, 2012. The formal announcement was made in his home state of Michigan.

"Through your hard work and through your principled determination to bequeath to your children a better America, we will restructure the government. While it is a hard road ahead, we will have better days and we will start now."
"Through your hard work and through your principled determination to bequeath to your children a better America, we will restructure the government, ... What we need in Washington is someone who knows the future is not big government -- it is self government."

July 1: Thaddeus McCotter, in a radio interview, announces that he is seeking Republican nomination to run for President's office in the 2012 Presidential Election. A formal announcement will be made tomorrow at a Fourth of July festival. He says that he will do everything he can to take his message to the people.

"There's a lot of people out there that worry the American dream is in danger. So I was listening to the other candidates. They're fine people. But I don't think I'm hearing anything coming from them that's going to help us seize this opportunity."

Sources say that he will travel to New Hampshire next weekend and will also travel to Iowa soon.

June 2011

June 30: An adviser of Thad McCotter said that McCotter will file paperwork to enter the 2012 Presidential race on July 1, 2011. McCotter has spent four days in Iowa this week and is satisfied with the response he received. His formal presidential campaign will be launched in Michigan. It is not surprising that McCotter is in the race for president as he has spent $18,000 to purchase a desirable spot at the Ames Straw Poll.

Thad McCotter Calendar

Date Time Event Location
July 30, 2011 4:30 pm Speaking at Smart Girl Politics Action conference St. Louis, Missouri
July 27, 2011 7:00 pm Speaking at the Low Moor Community Center Low Moor, Iowa
July 2, 2011 Announcing his presidential candidacy WAAM Freedom Fest, 9567 Main Street, Whitmore Lake, Michigan

Five Core Principles

Thaddeus McCotter on his presidential campaign website outlined his "five core principles" as he begins his presidential campaign for the 2012 Presidential election.

  1. Our liberty is from God not the government
  2. Our sovereignty is in our souls not the soil
  3. Our security is from strength not surrender
  4. Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector
  5. Our truths are self-evident not relative

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