- Posted September 29, 2010 by
New York, New York
Naked Cowboy Announces Presidential Bid for 2012
Broadway, September 29, 2010.
It's not every day you get to see the Naked Cowboy and the Naked Cowgirl together in Times Square.
But then again, it's not every day the Naked Cowboy announces his candidacy for President of the United States for the 2012 election.
Although a press conference had been planned, the news came through the cowboy's official website, nakedcowboy.com.
Calling himself "a testament to America's promise of individual liberty" and "an American success story", he says "Today, in defense of individual liberty, I am announcing my candidacy for the 2012 election for the office of President of the United States of America"
The announcement goes on with a list of government programs and promises, such as:
"I will balance the budget"
'I will cut the capital gains tax, corporate income tax and individual income taxes"
"I will relentlessly remind Americans we are in a never-ending war against radical Islamics" and "will take nothing less than the defeat of the Taliban in Afghanistan"
"I will once and for all close and secure the borders of the United States to illegal immigration by building all necessary barriers"
"I will fight multiculturalism and bilingualism in public institutions" and "make English the universal tongue of the people".
"I will support all legislation designed to uphold the vitality of the Second Amendment...believing it is the right of the American people to bear arms to protect themselves and their families and their communities".
Items on welfare, the environment and education are also mentioned in the platform as well as his views on immigration:
"Careless immigration policies are allowing foreigners to infiltrate the country taking jobs from legitimate citizens in addition to showering them with a host of unearned benefits compliments of the American Taxpayer", he writes.
The Naked Cowboy is Robert Burck, born in 1970 and a staple in the busker scene in Times Square since the 1990's
The son of a "career politician", he mentions he has a bachelor's degree in Political Science and has "participated in making New York City the number one tourist destination in the World".
He has created a franchise of the Naked Cowboy brand, and part of that brand is Cindy Fox, who calls herself "the official, legal Naked Cowgirl".
They were both working in Times Square late Wednesday afternoon as the news was being posted on his webpage in lieu of a press conference that didn't materialize.
Cindy was kind enough to introduce me to Robert and they both posed for the pictures in this report.
Thousands of tourists tip both Robert and Cindy daily to pose for photos, souvenirs of a unique New York City experience.
Burck had previously announced his candidacy for Mayor of New York City in 2009.
For the complete announcement and platform, go to