WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s official. State Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, has launched his campaign for the President of the United States in 2020.
Ojeda made the announcement on his Facebook page Monday in front of the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.
“Nineteen months ago I chose to run for Congress,” he said. “In the last 19 months, while running for office in southern West Virginia, we received countless phone calls, emails and messages from people all over the country. They educated me the problems we have in southern West Virginia are the same problems we have in the south side of Chicago, in Flint, Michigan, in Bronx, New York, Rio Grande Valley, and even places like Silicon Valley.”
Ojeda will run for the Democratic party’s nomination. He was recently defeated in his run for the 3rd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives by Republican Carol Miller.
“We have not had people that have really fought for the working class citizens of this country,” he continued in his announcement. “The President of the United States, Republicans, and Democrats have focused more on infighting, political wars than they have focused being there for working-class citizens.
“It’s important that we start sending people to office that are going to abolish corruption, going to fix the health care system, fight the opioid addiction, and are going to create opportunities for those people who live in poverty to elevate themselves out of poverty.”
Ojeda laid out “Pillar 1” of his presidential campaign, focusing in on career politicians and their benefits, saying “we have far too many pigs eating at the through.”
“We have elected officials that say they are going to run for office to serve the people,” he continued. “In reality, the legislate themselves into wealth. They go into an office and after one or two terms they are worth millions and millions of dollars and that has to stop.
“What I believe in, is anyone who runs for federal office has to show and prove that they mean what they say when they talk about sacrificing.”
Ojeda said in his announcement that anyone who holds federal office should be given a net worth of $1 million and anything above that should be donated to charity. He stated that once a politician retires after federal service, they should receive a retirement of $130,000 and a cap where one is allowed to make money for a total of up to $200,000. After that, he says it should be donated to charity.
He also added during his announcement that politicians should be required to be under the same healthcare systems of the average citizens. Veterans will still be accepted by the VA.
“No more Cadillac deals for those in legislation to get phenomenal healthcare while the rest of us struggle,” he said. “I can guarantee you we will finally see a fix in our healthcare system when the very people voting on those bills are directly affected and their families.”
“If you say you want to serve, you need to serve. You need to live like every other citizen out there. When you cast votes about the banking industry, the housing industry, public schools, about healthcare, you need to be directly involved.”
Ojeda stated a lot more about his campaign will come out.
“We got a long way to go. This is going to be a long fight but we are going to do this together. I’m Richard Ojeda and I’m running for president of the United States of America. Thank you.”
More on Ojeda’s White House run can be found at his website by clicking here.