YORK, S.C. -- If you like rooting for underdogs, take note of Michael Adkins.
Angered by the direction of the country and passionate about the need for change, the York County father is taking action. He tells NewsChannel 36 that he is running for President of the United States in 2012.
“We need someone who understands what it is like to have a mortgage, to have kids, and to have a paycheck that shrinks,” Adkins said.
He is a nurse at a local community hospital and the father of two young children.
“I want my kids to be able to at least dream of the future I dreamed of as a child,” he said.
Adkins formed a website this month to inform voters about his beliefs. The website – americaforthepeople.com – includes a platform with his ideas for reforming healthcare and immigration, as well as plans for national security, economic stability and energy independence.
He is running as a Republican in what will likely be a crowded field of experienced politicians with national recognition. The presidential primaries begin about one year from now, and most candidates have still not declared whether or not they will run.
Among the possible contenders in that Republican field: former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, Army General David Petraeus, Congressman Ron Paul, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, and many others.
Given the competition, Adkins told NewsChannel 36 he has heard from people who think he is crazy for launching this campaign. He insists that it is not a joke.
“I am standing up for what I believe in,” Adkins said. “This country is what I believe in.”
Adkins admitted he does not know how he will raise funds for the campaign. Just to get on the ballot in South Carolina for the GOP presidential primary, he will have to pay a sizable filing fee. The exact fee for 2012 has not yet been determined, but for perspective, it cost $35,000 for candidates to be on the South Carolina GOP presidential primary ballot in 2008.
“It is a very difficult thing,” Adkins said. “But I am in this to win this.”