Jimmy McMillan: Barack Obama and Bill Clinton Made the Rent Too Damn High

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Jimmy McMillan, of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, has decided not only to campaign against growing housing costs, but also against New York's very own Board of Elections. McMillan, probably our fave meme-making pol with leather gloves and a handlebar mustache, is demanding a recount of the 41,000 votes for his 2010 failed gubernatorial bid. But it's not just a vanity thing, McMillan tells Runnin' Scared. He needs to prove that he got 50,000 votes so that Rent Is Too Damn High gets official political party status -- and so that he can get his name on the ballot for the presidential election.

Of course McMillan plans on running against Barack Obama in November. McMillan, who refers to himself as "Daddy," chatted with us about his platform (the rent is still too damn high, Obama ruined everything).

Runnin' Scared: So why a presidential run?

Jimmy McMillan: I noticed that no one understands how critical of a condition this country is in. No one is talking about the real reasons. You must have a backup plan is what we're trying to teach everyone. None of the elected officials in the United States have a backup plan. They're lending money and giving money to corporations.

RS: Why haven't we heard more about your campaign sooner?

McMillan: I haven't participated in the caucuses and the debates yet because the only people they involve are a governor who only has 2 million people his state -- like Mitt Romney -- and some of the other governors. I know that New York is powerful enough to override them, so we can sit back and wait.

They told me from the very first debate on CNN that I wasn't qualified. They said they had not invited those who hadn't announced their candidacy already. This is what I'm up against: I'm up against a system, a country that needs to change its ways and so does the media! I guarantee you: if I ever stand on a debate with these guys right now, I'll blow them out of the box...

RS: What's your backup plan?

McMillan: Here's what the president must do. Here's what I will do: You must hold a special session of governors of all 50 states. These are the only ones who can create the jobs in the states in the coutnry to get America back on track. We must ask these governors to give them more resources to reduce the cost of living in this state. They want to raise the minimum wage -- how do you raise the minimum wage when businesses are laying people off because they can't afford to pay their Con-Edison bills, and water bills, and taxes? We have a broken system that needs to be reformed, and it doesn't just start with Jimmy McMillan running for president.

RS: Any specs?

McMillan: I'm going to get rid of all the elected officials in the state. They're not addressing constitutional rights. Every time I watch the debates, I grab a puke bucket -- I want to throw up. This is the time to change. Their ideas are all old. I want to remove all debt from the America people. This is the 14th Amendment, equal protection of the law. You protected the banks! And cruel and unusual punishment -- you took the people's money to get the banks out of debt.

RS: You think you could oust Obama?

McMillan: President Barack Obama, I like him, but he's a young man, a young man from Illinois with approximately 11 million people. But he wasn't prepared to run this country. Everyone says that George Bush screwed it up, he did not. Bill Clinton, he did not know how to run this country either. It's like a volcano, and in 2008 it exploded with Obama.

RS: What else should we know?

McMillan: I like talking to you because it's like talking to my child. It's like you're talking to Daddy, asking him a question.


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 Some of the largest international banks in the US are located in Brickell, and there are more than 35 towering residential complexes with condominiums and apartments that will suit all of your needs, and then some. Being right in the downtown area, you will be near your place of work,

MOE MAN
MOE MAN

Oh Jimmy McMillan your truely thrillin. Your a sensation in the nation. Butt the rent still be too dam high. And so are all tha brothers up in Harlem. When was the last time you took the A train. Or the Soul Train? Or for that matter tha gravy train! Be it on the fly. Come on brother get yow ass together and start dancin tha lights fandango. What tha hell you watin fo, Lightnin she left town south bound. I'm show she's headed to South Beach so she can be in the band. Far from the corprate fascism that you are helping propaganda propitiation. Come on dude cut tha jive. Take the A train. And drop tha game, it's just so lame.

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

He is right about the situation, I just wish he had not been made into a laughingstock.

We need more people like him.

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