The Greek-born John Catsimatidis is ineligible to run for President of the United States, but that doesn’t mean the GOP mayoral candidate hasn’t thought about it. Indeed, during yesterday’s rowdy event at the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, Mr. Catsimatidis talked extensively about federal policy before proclaiming that he would have defeated President Barack Obama’s re-election bid if he were in the race.
“I’m running for mayor, I can’t run for president!” he declared. “But let me tell you something, I would have won. I could have beat Obama. Buy me a box of Kleenex.”
Afterwards, Politicker caught up with Mr. Catsimatidis to ask if he could elaborate on how this hypothetical scenario would have played itself out. He responded by laying out the agenda of a Catsimatidis administration.
“‘Independence Day 2020’: put a 7-year plan that the United States would be independent of foreign oil in 7 years. And it could be done,” he said. “I would seriously look at getting help from the industrial countries that are very, very successful to reimburse us the cost of protecting them. I’m not asking [for] a lot of money. But if it costs us $1.5 trillion for our military and we’re protecting Korea and Japan and Saudi Arabia, can’t they afford to give us a little bit back? And I really believe that … Send them a bill!
Although Mr. Catsimatidis himself can’t run for president, he expressed hope that perhaps one of his two children–John Jr. or Andrea–might be able to.
“You know, maybe either my son or my daughter,” he said. “I hope I live to see it. I could be like Joe Kennedy and say, ‘My kids are going to run for president!'”
His son was standing nearby and shrugged when we asked.