McCotter drops long shot bid for GOP presidential nomination

September 23, 2011

By David Shepardson and Marisa Schultz/ The Detroit News

The same day he was shut out from another presidential debate, U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Livonia said Thursday he’s dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Instead, he’ll run again for the 11th Congressional District seat he’s held since 2003.

McCotter said he’ll back Mitt Romney, a Michigan native, after the former governor made it clear he wouldn’t seek a federal health care overhaul like the one Massachusetts adopted when he was in office.

“Especially with his business background and in a stagnant economy, he may be the most electable,” McCotter said.

He likes a Romney rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but said the country isn’t ready for another Texas president so soon after George W. Bush. “He may be a vice presidential nominee,” McCotter said.

Ryan Williams, a spokesman for Romney, said they welcome McCotter’s support: “We’re happy he’s decided to join the team and help the governor spread his strong pro-growth, pro-jobs message across Michigan.”

McCotter began his long-shot bid for the White House in July, billing himself as the voice for a new generation of conservatives. He campaigned on a dramatic reform of Social Security and a tougher approach to dealings with China.

But his campaign had trouble capturing a spotlight. He was denied a spot on the stage during candidate debates.

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