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USA-ELECTION/LONGSHOTS
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25 Jan. 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Michael Petyo... more
USA-ELECTION/LONGSHOTS
RTX23WRX
25 Jan. 2016
Valparaiso, UNITED STATES
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Michael Petyo speaks to a worker as he campaigns at a restaurant in Valparaiso, Indiana, November 17, 2015. Reuters Photographer Jim Young: "Hillary and Donald are running. So are more than 1,500 others, among them Michael Petyo of Hobart, Indiana. He's not a household name, nor does he have millions of dollars in backing. Petyo is a building contractor, a father and a U.S. Navy veteran. Back in May, Petyo handed me his card. He was outside an event in Des Moines, Iowa, attended by leading potential Republican candidates. Petyo said the party wouldn't let him inside. We only spoke for a minute. Months later, I read of a few hundred people having already signed up to run for president: businesspeople, teachers, bartenders. Petyo lives about 75 miles from me so I arranged to meet. We spoke for a couple of hours at his dinner table with his wife. This is my fourth presidential election campaign. I have logged countless miles and been to hundreds of events - but always with candidates with massive financial backing and support from countless volunteers. Petyo has business cards, his van, his beliefs. He speaks about the working class, faith, the military. In his spare time he bakes to raise money for the church. Religion is important to him and he speaks about it passionately. Over the months we meet up while he campaigns and goes about his life. Petyo drives to a Republican debate in Milwaukee in November; the door is shut there too. He still works the lines of attendees outside. In Chicago people brush by on a cold, windy day as he tries to introduce himself. Some stop to ask him about his policies. He is not a full-time politician, just a regular guy facing what many would call insurmountable obstacles. It's quite the understatement to say the odds are stacked against him. But that shouldn't stop him or anyone from trying." REUTERS/Jim Young SEARCH "PETYO" FOR ALL IMAGES
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