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“Blue Collar” comedian Ron White announces he’s running for president

The 2016 presidential race has already seen the rise of a number of “outsider” candidates with no political experience, but the biggest outsider of them all may have just joined Wednesday as Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian Ron White took to the AOL BUILDstage to announce that he is running for president of the United States as an independent.

The 58-year-old Scotch-drinking, cigar-smoking comic is best known for his “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” — but he’s looking to change that with a brisk move into politics.

Many people have asked White if his plan to run is another one of his jokes, but the comedian says he plans to file paperwork to run and insists he is entirely serious about his intentions.

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