I decided to do a little digging on Thaddeus McCotter and Gary Johnson, two of the Republicans who have stated they are running for President but haven't been included in any of the reindeer games and debates and straw polls yet.
One interesting tidbit I found is that debates are by invitation only (okay, I kind of knew this but it didn't register on my radar). For example, CNN did not invite Johnson to the debate in New Hampshire, so he wasn't included. The Washington Examiner and Fox News were the sponsors of the Iowa debates. So the MSM is controlling the message again by controlling the candidates that we're seeing. Interesting, yes?
In any case, here's my rundown on McCotter and Johnson:
Thad McCotter (based on voting record here):
I'm frankly 'meh' after looking over his record. IMO, it looks like he's good on 2nd Amendment and Immigration (meaning, pro-2nd and anti Illegal) but is pretty much a RINO on everything else. YMMV. I'm thinking not-so-much.
Gary Johnson (based on information here and here): Not so much on his immigration stance (open borders). Has a weird 'zero tolerance' thing about violence towards government employees (I'm not zero-tolerance anything because that takes situational issues out of the equation.) Other than that, he's pretty much a small government/states' rights/fiscally conservative/libertarian guy. Worth watching and trying to lobby to get him on the stage with everyone else to truly get an idea about how he stacks up.
6 months ago