Sedona resident Dennis Knill plans to run for president of the United States of America.
Knill, 56, announced his plans to run for the White House earlier this month. As part of his platform, Knill said he wants to create jobs, eliminate income tax, secure the nation’s borders, cut frivolous government spending and bring the military back home.
While he’s running for the nation’s highest office, Knill made it clear that he is not a politician. Many in Congress, he said, are born with a “silver spoon” and have no concept of working families.
“I had enough. I’m a businessman myself and, every time you turn around, you’re taxed on something else,” he said. “Only 8 percent of the people in Congress have ever really lived the American life. With them in there, they are just spending. You need somebody that’s average. I’m not a politician and I didn’t even want to vote in years past. Whether Republican or Democrat, they were all crooks.”
He accused politicians, on both sides of the political fence, of working for special interests in order to fill their own pockets. Knill said he would cut the government by a third, or possibly in half, should he be elected to the Oval Office.
“We have to create jobs. That’s the No. 1 priority,” Knill said. “I want to get rid of the income tax and have a flat usage tax, like when you go to the grocery store or whatever you buy. That way it’s fair for everybody. That way nobody has to worry about income tax.”
He said he would also like to secure the borders and bring the military “back home.”
“We don’t need to be in those other places. I think we need to get the economy stabilized, where people can trust the government. We definitely need to cut the spending,” Knill said.
According to his website, at www.friendsofdennisknillforpresident.com, Knill has been divorced and remarried, filed for bankruptcy and earned average grades. He attended college in Cleveland, where he obtained a degree in law enforcement. Knill reports that he carries a copy of his birth certificate with him at all times.
“There will be no doubt that I am an American citizen,” Knill said on his site.
With a year and a half remaining before the primaries, Knill has busied himself with sending press releases to news agencies across the country and speaking to individuals both locally and abroad about his plans. He said he is currently seeking a campaign manager.
“I’m looking for staff. I’d love to have Glenn Beck on my staff. He’s on Fox News. He’s got a great investigative team,” Knill said.
Knill, who currently works in home remodeling and repair, has owned a number of businesses in the past.
“I’ve had businesses where I worked basically alone, and then I have had employees and associates over 600 at a time,” Knill said.
Voters, he said, no longer know what to believe when it comes to politics in America.
“The reason the economy got this way, it’s all our fault,” Knill said. “People throw up their hands and say, ‘What’s the use?’”
Overworked citizens, he added, should get involved in local and national affairs despite their often busy schedules and care for one another as they did following 9/11.
“People need to get involved to know what’s going on,” Knill said.