Congressman Thaddeus McCotter told The Detroit News this afternoon he is leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination after he failed to win access to the Republican presidential debates.
“If they keep you out of the debates, you are out of the conversation and you can’t run,” McCotter said. “It was sort of death by media.”
McCotter said he will give his support to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Michigan native, and will likely run again for the 11th District congressional seat he’s held since 2003.
McCotter said he would back Romney after the Massachusetts governor made it clear he wouldn’t seek a federal health care overhaul like the one Massachusetts adopted when he was governor. “Especially with his business background and in a stagnant economy, he may be the most electable,” McCotter said.
He likes Romney rival Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but said the country isn’t ready for another Texas president so soon after President George W. Bush. “He may be a vice presidential nominee,” McCotter said.
All three will be at the Michigan Republican Party’s Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island this weekend.
Ryan Williams, a spokesman for Romney, said the campaign was pleased to have McCotter’s support. “We’re happy he’s decided to join the team and help the governor spread his strong pro-growth, pro-jobs message across Michigan,” he said.
McCotter began his long-shot bid for the White House in July, billing himself as the voice for a new generation of conservatives.