McCotter seeks votes – and name ID – in N.H.

US Representative Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan plays his guitar last week during an event in Whitmore Lake, Mich., to announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
US Representative Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan plays his guitar last week during an event in Whitmore Lake, Mich., to announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. –Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

He’s the latest candidate for president most voters have never heard of. But U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan is looking to change that this weekend, with his first trip to New Hampshire as an official candidate for the Republican nomination.

McCotter will be doing a meet-and-greet at the Dover Public Library tomorrow from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. He will attend a $25-a-head Manchester Republican Committee dinner at Piccola’s in Manchester, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

He will also visit Nashua and attend a Rye Republican Town Committee’s Family Fun Fair on Sunday.

McCotter announced his candidacy for president last Saturday at a Freedom Festival in Michigan, where he also played the guitar, according to an account in the Detroit Free Press.

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McCotter, a 45-year-old lawyer and a Detroit native, was elected to Congress in 2002, after serving in the Michigan state Senate. He is a former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee and currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee.

McCotter’s platform includes passing a balanced budget amendment; reducing tax rates while eliminating loopholes; creating a national health insurance market; allowing workers to choose personal savings accounts as part of their Social Security benefits; and maintaining US armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan until those countries are stable.

McCotter faces significant challenges in his campaign – he is little known, and comes into the campaign with just $478,000 in his congressional committee.

That money, however, is available for a presidential run.

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