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Thad McCotter Leaves a 2012 Race He Barely Had a Chance to Enter



Livonia Rep. Thaddeus McCotter told The Detroit News this afternoon that he is leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

McCotter says he will give his support to former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and will likely run again for the 11th District congressional seat he’s held since 2003.

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.

I blame you, Fox News.

It’s rather ironic to see McCotter endorsing Romney, when back on June 8 he said, “Romney and Mr. Obama are not rivals, they’re running mates.”

UPDATE: Even more surprising about McCotter’s endorsement? Jeff Dobbs reminds me how McCotter referred to Social Security:

Ending the Retirement Ponzi Scheme

In its current form, America’s Social Security system is the largest Ponzi scheme in history, and it is only a matter of time before it collapses under the weight of federal debt and failed national leadership. The time to act is now. We must fulfill our promises to those generations of Americans who have contributed so much to our nation, but the current Social Security system is unsustainable. America’s retirement system must empower workers with the freedom to choose personal savings and investment account options for part of their Social Security benefits, with no benefit cuts or tax increases of any sort, now or in the future. Personal retirement accounts would increase future retirement benefits, and lead to future cuts in taxes. Social Security modernization with personal accounts would achieves full and permanent solvency for Social Security.

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