Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Stormy Daniels' lawyer considering United States presidential run

Stormy Daniels' lawyer considering United States presidential run

"I'm exploring a run for the presidency of the United States", Avenatti first told the Des Moines Register on Thursday. The attorney is indeed in Iowa, and on Friday he'll be an invited speaker at the Democratic Wing Ding fundraiser, which has previously attracted the likes of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Barack Obama.

"I mean, seriously, I don't need more notoriety", he said, arguing that if someone polls his name identification with Democratic voters he would place in the "top half, maybe the top third" of people considering a run. "It's actually surpassed my expectations".

Known for his combative cable news appearances, Avenatti offered a relatively traditional political address that stressed his record as a self-made businessman, an advocate for underdogs and a formidable foe to President Donald Trump.

The legal battle has made Avenatti a celebrity on Twitter and cable news.

"I wanted to come to Iowa and listen to people and learn about some issues that are facing the citizens of Iowa and do my homework".

Avenatti shared the stage Friday with Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, Maryland Rep. John Delaney and businessman Andrew Yang. I'll make a decision in the coming weeks.

Avenatti has entertained the possibility of running for president before, tweeting in July that he would mount a bid against President Trump "only if I think that there is no other candidate in the race that has a REAL chance at beating him".

"I would never think to come to Iowa in order to use the state or the people of the state to raise my profile", he said.

Longtime Iowa Democratic activist Sue Dvorsky said she didn't see a downside in welcoming Avenatti to Iowa.

He also spoke to the media from the Iowa fairgrounds - a familiar stomping grounds for presidential wannabes - where he said he was "serious about considering" a run for president in 2020.

"I don't think experience is the most important thing by any stretch of the imagination", he said, adding that he believes he can "punch better than a lot of these candidates and I am not confined by" a government job.

"How much more notoriety do I need?"

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