-- Jim Jatras realizes his chances of becoming the next vice president of the United States are slim, but he’s trying anyway.
Trying really hard.
He even sent out his own press release advertising his availability for the job.
“I have notified all the declared Republican presidential candidates of my availability and qualifications to join them on the 2016 ticket as their vice presidential running mate,” Jatras said in his statement.
Jatras is no stranger to politics. In the Senate, he worked for 18 years as a foreign policy advisor to several lawmakers. Now, he identifies himself as the only Republican who has “announced a specific interest in the vice presidential job.”
In a recent interview with ABC News, Jatras, who describes himself as “pro-life, pro-gun, pro-traditional marriage, pro-immigration control, anti-war, pro-privacy, pro-tax reform, anti-phony ‘free trade’ deals,” shared why he’s interested in the No. 2 job. Below is an edited Q&A with Jatras:
So, you want to be the next vice president. How come?
I would like to be able to do something for my country, and I think I do have something to offer. As they say, I don’t know that the chances of my being vice president are all that good, I think it’s a long shot, but then again, they’re probably about as good as half the guys running for president on the Republican ticket.
What makes you think you’re qualified?
In your formal announcement for vice president, you said, “Frankly, our stupid party could do a lot worse.” Why did you describe the Republican Party as ‘stupid’?
How do you plan on improving the ‘stupid party’?
If you had to choose, who would be your ideal running mate?
I don’t want to sound like I’m favoring one over the others. They all have strong points, and everybody has weak points, of course. Obviously Mr. Trump is the talk of the country right now, and I do see some points of commonality there, especially when it comes to the immigration issue, where I’m substantially in agreement with him. I do have disagreements with some of the other candidates. But I think that’s more of a question of personalities right now, and I’d rather not look like I’m endorsing or opposing any one of the candidates.
I put out my announcement on [Sept.] 9th. I have not heard back yet from anybody, but I’m waiting patiently by the mailbox.
You’re the editor of an online publication called repealFATCA.com, which is dedicated to getting rid of what you call “the worst law that Americans have never heard of,” the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. What is it and what’s so bad about it?
Well, basically, you take the NSA spying program, in terms of invasion of privacy and transfer from phone calls and emails, to the financial system. Basically, putting everyone into a global financial fishbowl is really a terrible invasion of personal liberty and of government spying on private affairs. In addition to that, it just costs billions and billions of dollars that will be passed on to consumers and taxpayers in the United States and worldwide for no benefit. It supposedly will combat tax evasion, but it won’t even be effective in doing that, so it’s a bad law [in the sense that] it’s invasive, it’s expensive and it doesn’t even do any good.
You describe yourself as the only Republican “who has announced a specific interest in the vice presidential job,” regardless of the GOP nominee. Do you think that will give you an advantage?
Well, it couldn’t hurt. And as they say, our stupid party could do a lot worse. And, I can add to that -- it probably will.