LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — Thaddeus McCotter, a guitar-playing fifth-term congressman from Detroit's suburbs known for his eccentric sense of humor and independent streak, will seek the Republican nomination for president, he said during a radio interview Friday.
McCotter, 45, said on WJR-AM in Detroit he'll do everything he can to get his message out and will make the formal announcement about his candidacy during an event on Saturday.
"There's a lot of people out there that worry the American dream is in danger," he said. "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."
McCotter joins a crowded GOP field that already includes former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, pizza magnate Herman Cain, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.
McCotter has been critical of Romney, saying his fellow Michigan native is too similar to President Barack Obama on issues such as health care and the bailout of the financial services sector.
McCotter is a lawyer and ex-high school football standout who has served as a state senator, Wayne County commissioner and Schoolcraft Community College trustee before entering the U.S. House in 2003.