HEREFORD, TEXAS - A Hereford man says he is running for President of the United States.
"It comes from right here. Where cows out number people, but we live by the same values our fore fathers live by. The solutions will come from right here from people who know how to live within a budget," Jared Blankenship said as he announced his candidacy Thursday.
His family says they were surprised at the decision, but they support him. Blankenship's day job is running this farm far outside the beltway. He says he never dreamed of running for president, but the debt politicians are racking up and some of their poor public policy choices have him wondering what's happening to the country?
"And I don't want my son to someday ask me that very same question, and me say, well we sat and waited," he said.
So he decided to try and change things by running himself, despite the fact Blankenship has never held any public office before.
"The greatest asset I have is the complete lack of political experience because it liberates me. I'm not worried about the next campaign," he said.
Blankenship has also never traveled outside of North America, but he says he's spent a lot of time in Washington lobbying for rights of local farmers.
This campaign is going to either gain some legs through support or it's not. And at some point we'll have to make that determination," he said.