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Lawrence Lessig Wants To Run For President So He Can Resign

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Lawrence Lessig announces his bid for the presidency.

Harvard law professor and one of America’s most active voices in the fight to reform campaign finance laws, Lawrence Lessig, has announced his intention to explore a bid for the U.S. presidency. By Labor Day, he will decide whether he has the support necessary to enter the Democratic primary. His goals are rather unusual — he says, “I want to run to be a different kind of president. ‘Different’ not in the traditional political puffery sense of that term. ‘Different,’ quite literally. I want to run to build a mandate for the fundamental change that our democracy desperately needs. Once that is passed, I would resign, and the elected Vice President would become President.”

His top picks for a running mate include Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Lessig calls it a “Presidency as referendum,” a hack for the U.S. Constitution to give more power back to the citizens. “In no plausible sense do we have a representative democracy in America today.” In an interview with the Washington Post, Lessig added, “Until we find a way to fix the rigged system, none of the other things that people talk about doing are going to be possible.”

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“Lawrence Lessig Wants To Run For President So He Can Resign”