McAfee told CNBC he filed the papers Tuesday, has “no idea” how much money his fledgling campaign has raised, and he’s “been working 22 hours a day talking to the press and trying to understand the chaos around me.”
It’s worth watching the interview.
But here are the highlights: What’s driving him to run? In essence, he’s a viral success. “I have a very huge fan base. A funny video making fun of myself put out a year and a half ago got 6 million views. I don’t understand it myself.”
Plus, he’s an entrepreneur, quick witted (his words), and he’d make “an excellent president.” McAfee made his fortune for founding the Santa Clara-based anti-virus software maker that bears his name. After many detours, he landed in Tennessee, and founded a start-up incubator on the Alabama-Georgia border.
On his politics: He’s worried about the erosion of American privacy and thanks Edward Snowden.
On his time in Belize, when reporters — including USA TODAY’s Nancy Trejos — spoke to him from a hidden retreat where he tried to dodge authorities’ questions about the death of his expatriate neighbor, he notes, “There were no murder allegations.”