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Would You Vote for the Koran-Burning Pastor? He's Running for President

Would ban Shariah law in the U.S.

Pastor Terry Jones has announced his intentions to run for president. (Photo Credit: AP)

The 2012 presidential field just got a little more crowded, with the "Koran-burning pastor" now entering the fray.

Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who made international headlines last year for his plan to burn hundreds of Korans before ultimately canceling the event, said Thursday he is running for president as an independent candidate.

Jones did burn one Koran in a church sanctuary in the spring of 2010, sparking deadly riots in Afghanistan.

Jones told the International Business Times he wants to slash spending, recall all American troops from foreign countries and deport every illegal immigrant in the U.S.

He wouldn't prevent the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" from being built -- though he said he would express "personal disagreement" over its location -- but he'd push for a ban on the implementation of Islamic Shariah law in the U.S.

"I think a ban on Shariah nationwide would be very comforting for people who have fears in that direction," Jones said.

He had harsh words for the current crop of GOP candidates, saying he's thinks "most of them are not telling the American people the truth," and even harsher words for President Barack Obama, calling him "an absolute disaster."

"We cannot afford another four more years of President Obama," he said. "His policies have been very ineffective in the growing and promoting of new jobs...I don't think he was very qualified in the first place."

If his own presidential bid doesn't pan out, Jones said he'd endorse Republican candidate Herman Cain, calling him "straightforward," "honest" and a "successful businessman."

Jones said his campaign is in the process of hiring staff and fundraising. He has already reached out to voters in all 50 states.

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