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Jimmy McMillan Goes National

Rent Is Too Damn High candidate plans to run for president



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    The rent is still too damn high. And now, the problem's spread beyond the Empire State.

    Jimmy McMillan, the breakout candidate of New York's gubernatorial race (for entertainment value if not for actual votes), said that he will run for president in 2012.

    "I know Barack Obama is an Internet hog. I know he knows that I am out here," McMillan said on "Revolution Radio," an Internet radio show, according to the Daily News. "But what he hasn't heard yet is that Jimmy McMillan is running for President of the United States of America.

    "If you don't do your job right, I am coming at you."

    McMillan has been a mainstay in New York politics for years -- known for his quirky outfits and facial hair, and his Bluesmobile-esque car that he campaigns in and his unique political party, The Rent Is Too Damn High. This year, though, he emerged as a national figure when he stole the spotlight in a televised New York gubernatorial debate.

    He was even parodied on a Saturday Night Live sketch.

    His platform is pretty simple: The rent is too damn high.

    "I can sit here and say how to control the country in 30 seconds, and (other candidates) can't say it in 30 years," he said. "Not one of them can sit on a stage and address the issues that concern the American public. Not one of them. The president has not done it."