Harvard Professor Larry Lessig Says He's Running for President

He declared his candidacy on "This Week."

“I think I'm running to get people to acknowledge the elephant in the room,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. "We have to recognize -- we have a government that does not work. The stalemate, partisan platform of American politics in Washington right now doesn't work.”

The concept of a referendum president is new, but Lessig said if elected, fixing the “corrupted system” should be his first and only priority.

“If you have seven other issues that you're running on, that of course you get into Washington and everybody thinks your mandate is one of this or one of that,” he said. “That's not going to make it possible to take this on.”

The Harvard professor is now the sixth candidate campaigning to become the Democratic nominee for president. He now needs to reach 1 percent in national polls to make it to the debate stage.