'America needs a leader who isn't afraid of not wearing pants'

'America needs a leader who isn't afraid of not wearing pants'
Jerry Allen and the Oregon Duck

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Duck mascot announced its campaign for President of the United States in a mock news conference posted on YouTube on Wednesday.

His top issues: uniform combinations, no huddle offense and bread crumbs for all.

"America needs a leader who is strong, fearless, hot and fluffy," the Duck said through its translator, announcer Jerry Allen. "That's why today I'm announcing my candidacy for President of the United States."

"As of this point we're not sure that there's even been a mascot run for President of the United States of America," said Craig Pintens with the University of Oregon athletic department, "but if there's going to be a mascot that did it, this is your duck right here."

Officials said the worldwide popularity of the Gangnam Style parody video is helping the Duck's chances in the race. Right now his team of advisors are planning a series of campaign stops in the biggest areas of the country where he can get the most votes.

The University launched the website Duck2012.com to promote the campaign.

"America needs a leader who isn't afraid of not wearing pants," the website says.

KVAL News tried to ask Pintens how much time and money the campaign is costing the University of Oregon. Pintens refused to break character and answer any serious questions.

The Duck doesn't talk.

Pintens later called KVAL News and said they've spent less than $500 on campaign stickers and t-shirts, money they expect to make back from merchandise sales.