Wayne Messam formally launches presidential bid in South Florida

Miromar Mayor Wayne Messam on Saturday formally launched his long-shot run for president.

“I know the national pundits and the status quo in Washington are asking ‘Why would a mayor run for President?’ and ‘Is he qualified?’” Messam said.

“The real question should be what does Washington experience have to do with meeting the needs of the American people?”

The former National Football League athlete launched his campaign at Florida Memorial University.

And while the Democratic candidate enters a crowded field of U.S. senators and national figures, to say nothing of an incumbent Republican president, he offered optimism from the stump.

“It is time America leads the world again, and the only way we can do this is to go big,” he said. “We must be bold and our foreign policy must reflect our values if we are to truly lead.”

Messam said as mayor of Miramar he achieved more than the typical municipal leader. He guided Miramar through hurricane cleanup after Irma, led a public fight against offshore oil drilling and launched a lawsuit against Florida over state preemption on gun control.

He laid out several policy objectives including aggressive action on climate change,

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