Surely you didn’t think you’d heard the last of the Rent Is Too Damn High party candidate, Jimmy McMillan.

Now, the fast-talking, mustachioed New Yorker is preparing to take on Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.


He made the announcement last week and explained his decision in a Christmas Eve interview with Curtis Sliwa on AM 970 The Apple.

You can listen to a portion of the interview here: McMillan Explains Presidential Run – AM 970

Here are a few other gems from the interview…

On why he’s unofficially announcing his run for president:

“What I want to do is let the people know that I’m not playing.  The President Barack Obama has made a sandwich, but he forgot to put the meat between the bread.  And that’s what I’m here to do.”

On how he ran an “effective” campaign on just more than $16:

“I master-minded social media, marketing, advertising, the publicity and didn’t spend a dime to do it.  No one in America has asked me.  I’ve been invited to come to London, Australia, China, Egypt and places like that.  But not one American college has invited me to talk to find out, what is it that you did?  How did you do it?”

On his beard:

“I don’t know what made me do this, Curtis.  I wanted to be different… I said I don’t want to look like nobody, but me.  I want my own identity.  So I let my beard grow… and then I began to shape it up.”