الثلاثاء، 15 سبتمبر، 2015

You heard that right, John McAfee is running for president


John McAfee is running for president — he just said it on TV.
Earlier this week, Talking Points Memo said it had obtained an email from the sometimes-on-the-lam security-software pioneer, purportedly that he planned to make a bid for the White House.
Publicity stunt? Red herring?
At least in terms of the latter, nope.
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.”
And on the other presidential candidates, such as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: They’re “brilliant.” Plus, “Hillary is a very gracious woman for putting up with Bill all these years.”

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