Long-shot presidential candidate Fred Karger figures he's got a few things going for him as he vies with some heavy-hitting Republicans, including Mitt Romney and Michelle Bachmann, for his party's nomination.
For one thing, the Laguna Beach resident is the only Californian running for the highest office in the land — if you don't count Romney's move last year to San Diego — and for another, he had the privilege of working for the last Californian-turned-president, Ronald Reagan.
Karger, running as the first openly gay U.S. presidential candidate, thinks the current Congress and president could take a cue from Reagan, who, Karger says, did not condone the bitter feuding that resulted in a dangerous stalemate over the country's debt limit.
"I want to bring back the American spirit of getting along, which was Reagan-esque," Karger said Monday. "The problem in Washington is one of attitude. That's why there is an inability to raise the debt limit. [Elected leaders] are not putting the interests of the country first."