Only a short month and a half ago, I announced my decision to explore a run for President of the United States. This was not just a statement, but the beginning of a conversation. Since early March, I have talked to everyday Americans--from the courageous Tea Party protester in Madison to the Lobbyist in Washington DC to the senior citizen in California terrified of a government mandated driving test that she has to pass to continue playing in her weekly bridge game.
I see an America still strong in faith and patriotism, but sadly losing her way. There was a time in this country when being from a privileged family, going to the right school, and networking at the right country club was all one needed to have a pretty good life in this country. Sadly, those days are gone.
"These are," to quote Charles Dickens, "the times that try men's souls. They are the best of times. They are the worst of times."
Nowadays, so much money flows into politics, that most politicians can't help but be changed by it. It's time for a candidate who has had money all his life and knows how to resist its temptations. I believe I am that man.
I will make the economy the cornerstone of my campaign. I have already introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to extend full employment benefits to all Americans regardless of age and I will be introducing another bill after Easter Recess that will allow Speaker Boehner to replace state governments in financial trouble with an emergency manager.
My friends, we must move forward, onward, and upward. As part of the greatest country the world has ever known we have achieved greatness and we can believe it again. I am the change you can believe in and I will not let you down as we travel this road to the election. Together, we can make this world a whole lot brighter and we can make this load just a little bit lighter.
So let's continue this conversation. Let's discuss. Let's parlay. Let's rap. Let's verbalize. Let's talk. Together, we can do great things.
God bless this great country! Stay Free America!