Today, I announced my campaign for President of the United States and I want you to be part of this from the start.
 
Over the last 19 months of my congressional race for southern West Virginia, letters poured into my campaign office in Logan County.
 
People from all over the country — from the rural communities in central Pennsylvania to Flint, Michigan and the Rio Grande Valley — saw themselves in our campaign and were just as concerned about their hometowns as I was about mine.
 
These letters made it clear that the problems facing West Virginians — low wages, college debt, lack of jobs and the ability to retire with dignity — are the same problems all Americans are facing.
 
People all over this nation are struggling to afford adequate healthcare, put food on the table for their families, keep the lights on, and it’s only getting worse. That is why we’re fed up with wealthy corporations and big pharmaceutical companies calling the shots.
 
The same problems facing West Virginia exist in every corner of our country, and the people’s frustration does, too, as our middle class continues to shrink. You know, you can only kick a dog so many times before it tears you apart.
 
So together, we’re going to put an end to the corruption in our nation that undermines American democracy.
 
Our current leaders are casting votes about public schools, healthcare, banking, and the housing industry when they have no idea of the real struggles facing the people — and they’re voting with their Cadillac deals in mind, not the families their decisions will impact.
 
Make no mistake about it: as a candidate for the presidency, I’m committed to proposing bold change to save America’s middle class and I’m ready to visit the communities that have been neglected the most. But I need you standing shoulder-to-shoulder with me each step of the way, and I need you to be directly involved.
 
After nearly two years of reading your emails and letters, and taking your phone calls, I have decided to be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. Working families across America deserve to have their seat at the table and a government that works for them, not against them.
 
We’ve got a tough fight ahead of us, but I know we can do this. Can I count on you to join in supporting my campaign for president right now by donating $5, $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can?
 
Airborne all the way,
 
Richard
 

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