Terry Jones, the pastor known for publicly burning copies of the Koran, said, Thursday, that he is running for president of the United States as an Independent candidate. Interviewed by the International Business Times, he said he was running on a platform of spending cutbacks, deportation of illegal immigrants and tax cuts for businesses. Jones said that Muslims have the right to practice their religion and build mosques under the First Amendment, but he would push for the outlawing of Sharia law to ensure that Muslims held the Constitution as the highest law in the land.
Jones said he was motivated to run because most of the current presidential candidates were not addrssing what he called the country's harsh economic reality. He said that if his own campaign was unsuccessful, he would endorse Republican candidate Hermain Cain, calling him "straightforward" and "honest".