Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter says he will soon make an announcement about a White House bid in 2012.
In an interview with The Daily Caller, McCotter, a guitar-playing Republican not known nationally but who has floated himself as a possible presidential candidate, said “a decision hasn’t been made, but it will be made soon.”
“I’m not going to put a timeline on it,” he said.
It’s not exactly clear what opening McCotter, 45, a lawyer and former member of the Michigan state senate, sees himself filling in the race. He declined to assess the already crowded field of Republicans running.
But one doubtful observer, Ford O’Connell, a former McCain-Palin campaign aide, noted that “just because someone decides to run for president does not necessarily mean they are in it to win it.”
“Some are trying to use a national stage to boost themselves to other offices or for later years,” he said.