Michigan Representative Thaddeus McCotter will be announcing his intention to run for the Republican presidential endorsement, adding him to the long list of contenders hoping to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. McCotter, a fifth term Republican Congressman, came in last place in the recent Republican Leadership Conference Straw Poll, according to Roll Call.
McCotter is believed to have made his decision after extensive visits to Iowa, having snagged former Iowa House Speaker Pro Tem Chris Rants as a senior adviser for his campaign team. McCotter had already spent $18,000 on a straw poll registration spot for the Ames Straw Poll this August.
McCotter would be the third House member to formally announce, following in the footsteps of Rep. Ron Paul and Rep. Michele Bachmann.
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