Jimmy McMillan, the quirky character who stole the spotlight during New York’s 2010 governor’s race, is now setting his sights on a higher office: the presidency.
“I know Barack Obama is an Internet hog. I know he knows that I am out there. But what he hasn’t heard yet is that Jimmy McMillan is running for President of the United States of America,” McMillan told the online “Revolution Radio.”
“If you don’t do your job right, I am coming at you,” he vowed.
McMillan, a fast-talking Vietnam vet who regularly wears a suit and black gloves, became a Web sensation after stealing the show during the lone gubernatorial debate of 2010.
His catchline, “The rent is too DAMN high,” caught fire on Twitter, scored him hundreds of thousands of YouTube views and even got him an impersonation on “Saturday Night Live.”
In the end, McMillan won about 40,000 votes in the governor’s race — and a job as a pitchman for an Internet auction site.
On the flip side, McMillan was tagged for years of anti-Semitic comments, including linking Jews to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also admitted lying to various press outlets about his own reasonable rent.
The lion-maned McMillan — who’s given to lengthy diatribes — says he’s registering as a Republican to avoid a Democratic primary.
McMillan, a self-proclaimed “karate master,” says he’s not worried about taking on the likes of Obama, or Republicans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
“I can sit here and say how to control the country in 30 seconds, and they 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.”
“I love you, Mitt Romney. I love all of you guys. Y’all can come and bring me some water,” McMillan added.