A 101-year-old Florida man who says he’s worried about the future of the country and is determined to do something about it has launched a bid for Congress.
Joe Newman, a Sarasota resident, will run in Florida’s 16th congressional district as a write-in candidate, according to WWSB-TV.
[sharequote align=”center”]”I say write-in, because I want to feel free to criticize the Democrats or the Republicans.”[/sharequote]
“I say write-in, because I want to feel free to criticize the Democrats or the Republicans,” Newman said.
“When you think what the drift this society’s going in, and you think you can put an oar in the water and change the direction, you should do it,” Newman added.
The century-old candidate, who identifies as an “anthro-policial progressive,” said he feels obligated to fight for an increased minimum wage and universal health care. Still, he’s under no illusions about whether he can really win.
“Of course not, what are the odds?” he asked WWSB.
Instead, Newman said his campaign is about spreading awareness.
“There is nothing that can be lost if I can get you and others to think about what the issues are,” he said.
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