Meet the first person to run ads for the next presidential election: perennial candidate Lee Mercer Jr. of Texas, who has already filed paperwork with the FEC to run for president in 2016.
Mercer's TV ad ran at a discounted price on several channels. A Brooklyn resident told BuzzFeed he saw the commercial while watching a hockey game on NBC Sports on January 29th, and people on Twitter responded that they saw the ad that day as well.
"Lee L. Mercer, Jr. of Houston, Texas is announcing his campaign for President of the United States in 2016 as a democrat to save America with Intelligence Management Education," the ad says."He is campaigning a Special Election Government Platform New Neutral Developed Intelligence Second U. S. Government that was patented in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Justice and Defense research and development testing."
"The U.S. Congress's bid appointed him Conservator President of the United States
with power of attorney. Political ad authorized and paid for by Mercer for President," the ad concludes.
Mercer told BuzzFeed he is running "because I ran in both previous elections and I have what it takes to solve all these issues that they are having up there."
How does Mercer plan on fixing all these problems? He says he has "a new government patent" and that he "plans to demonstrate it."
What is the patent for?
Mercer said he "invented a computer government," adding his platform is based on "a new computerized government that will run the office of the President of the United States with a computer."
Mercer's hoping the ads will bring attention to his campaign and that by starting early he will be able to generate fundraising.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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