- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Willie Wilson, the Chicago businessman who came in third in the city’s mayoral race earlier this year, says he’s running for president of the United States.

Speaking Monday before 30 supporters, the 66-year-old Wilson said he is “running to put America first.” He added that as president he would eliminate student debt and cut foreign aid and foreign military interventions.

Campaign manager Gregory Livingston says Wilson will visit Iowa this week to meet with elected officials and students.

Livingston says Wilson’s campaign coffers consisted of “his own pockets.”

Wilson became a millionaire owning and operating several McDonald’s restaurants and a medical supply company.

In a campaign financed largely with his own money, Wilson garnered 10 percent of the vote in the mayoral race, won by Rahm Emanuel in a runoff.

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