Billion-dollar cryptocurrency pioneer Brock Pierce said he decided to apply to be president because he was "deeply concerned about the state of our nation, our future."
Now comes the hard part.
The child actor, who has become an entrepreneur and a politician, has a good chance of launching a virtual presidential campaign in which the parliamentary elections are only four months away and which has no clear platform or broad presence in state votes.
But that's the state of a campaign he chose – Pierce, 39, announced his offer over the weekend in a video – and uses his candidacy to promote the blockchain that drives the cryptocurrency and help to build what he calls the "21st" century economy. "
"I see a divided nation with a lot of polarization. It drifts further to the left and further to the right. There are not enough moderate opinions to bring us together, ”said Pierce, who appeared at the Walt Disney Co.
Film "The Mighty Ducks" before becoming an early investor in the digital currency Bitcoin
MarketWatch said in a phone interview on Thursday.
He plans to formulate a platform largely through crowdsourcing voters on his website, which is also looking for donations. "Most politicians feel they have an answer for everything," said Pierce. "We will do it differently and invite all Americans to participate in the process to gain consensus and perspectives on where people stand on issues."
Taking advantage of his small business and cryptocurrency expertise, Pierce said he will act as a moderate independent who has dedicated himself to technology to drive innovation and the economy. This reflects an approach by three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul.
"I am a small business owner who makes great things out of nothing, and I think entrepreneurs have built this nation, and I think entrepreneurs and innovators are the ones that will get us out of our current situation," said Pierce.
Pierce's abrupt candidacy coincides with Kanye West's bid for the White House, which Pierce welcomed to help millennials participate in the election process.
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"Kanye and I clearly tap the same thing and [I'm] very excited to see his – his running too," said Pierce. "Hopefully together we can deliver a strong message to the American people at a time when I think we need it."
Both West and Pierce will face a serpentine road as independent candidates in 50 states if they vote. Everyone must meet the registration deadlines and signature requirements. In some states, candidates can pay a registration fee to vote.
"From a ballot point of view, we think we'll be on most of the ballots, and that's the immediate type of work we need to do now, because these deadlines are still being met," said Pierce.
Pierce could also face a review of his personal life. He was named a defendant in 2000 for his connection with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Pierce said, "There was no truth to the allegations," which he called an "attempted extortion."