`Naked Cowboy` plans presidential run

New York: The Naked Cowboy, an underwear-clothed entertainer who strums a guitar in New York’s iconic Times Square, has announced his plan to run for 2012 US presidential elections. Robert Burck, known as the Naked Cowboy, is a popular tourist sighting in New York City.

The 39-year-old roams around Times Square with his guitar and attracts large crowds with his singing and dancing. He dresses only in white briefs, white boots and a cowboy hat.

"America needs a president who believes in America," Burck said in a statement. "America needs a president who will stand up for America and protect its language, its borders and most importantly, its culture.

"What American’s need is a president who seeks to empower the people and to allow the free market to determine value, not a president intent on empowering government and misappropriating the resources of the productive class," he said. Burck, whose underwear has the words Naked Cowboy written at the back, has invited the media to attend a press conference tomorrow in which he will outline his political and economic policies.

"America, I will fight to give the power back to the people," he said. "My entire platform and all of my policies and decisions will be organised so as to achieve a much smaller, fiscally responsible, decentralised federal government, a robust economy run strictly on Free Market Principles and the strongest National Defence on Earth," he continued.

The New York Post reported that in 2009, Burck challenged Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the position of NYC`s mayor but then withdrew saying there was too much red-tape involved.