Rocky Anderson likely to run for president of the United States

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SALT LAKE CITY — Rocky Anderson says he is 99 percent sure he will run for president of the United States — and starting a new political party.

The outspoken former Salt Lake City mayor announced his likely bid for president Tuesday night on his Facebook page. He also asked for suggestions on what to name a new political party, asking readers to vote before Wednesday morning.

I'm 99% there. We will be making an announcement in early December.

–Rocky Anderson

According to that Facebook account, Anderson said the party will stand for "greater economic equality, an end to wars of aggression, aggressive action on climate protection, and an end to corporate control of government."

Anderson says he plans on using social media and other Internet tools to help get his message out and compete against candidates who are spending millions of dollars.

Anderson was a longtime Democrat who has now disavowed that political party.

On several occasions, he criticized former President George W. Bush for America's involvement in the Iraq war.

In the past month, he has appeared with protestors for the Occupy SLC movement.

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