Skip to comments.Constitution Party to run Virgil Goode for president
Posted on 04/25/2012 10:10:32 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
Goode, of Rocky Mount, historically has held strong views on illegal immigration and citizenship.
Former U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode of Rocky Mount secured the Constitution Party's nomination for president at the party's convention Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.
Goode was one of six candidates vying for the spot. He won on the first round of balloting with 203 votes, with 202 votes needed to receive the nomination.
Goode served 24 years in the Virginia Senate making headlines when he helped parlay a power-sharing agreement between Democrats and Republicans after the 1995 elections left it evenly split. He was elected to Congress in 1996, succeeding L.F. Payne. Goode left the Democratic Party to become an independent before the 2000 election and then joined the Republican Party ahead of the 2002 election. Goode was unseated in 2008 by Democrat Tom Perriello.
Goode is the first presidential nominee for the Constitution Party to hold a federally elected office, said Mitch Turner, chairman of the Constitution Party of Virginia. Goode's records, experience and positions will be "a stark contrast" to the other candidates and will bring in voters who otherwise might not have come to the polls, Turner said.
Goode said he plans to attract voters such as Democrats who are dissatisfied with President Barack Obama and Republicans who don't align with presumptive nominee Mitt Romney's policy positions.
"Romney's and Obama's positions are not all that different. There's not much distinction," Goode said. "My position would be significantly different from either of them."
Goode historically has held strong views on illegal immigration and citizenship. He said he plans to focus on unemployment by cutting down on the number of green card issuances and "keeping American jobs for American citizens first."
He also said he opposes automatic citizenship and public assistance through programs such as Medicaid and food stamps for the children of illegal immigrants.
Goode said he supports substantially cutting government spending in areas such as foreign aid, food stamps, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education and the Department of Defense to reduce the national debt and balance the budget.
"We can't afford to wait five or 10 years from now because it [the debt] is $15.7 trillion and constantly rising," Goode said. "Really everything would have to be on the table."
The Constitution Party was on the ballot in 37 states in the 2008 presidential race, receiving 0.15 percent of the popular vote. The Constitution Party likely won't be on the ballot in every state this November because of stringent requirements in states such as North Carolina and Texas, Goode said, but it has volunteers working to secure spots in as many states as possible.
"This is not just a run to get a message out. We are going to be on enough state ballots to be seriously competitive in the election," Turner said.
Goode has already secured a spot on the ballot in 15 states, including Florida, Ohio and Colorado. In order to qualify for Virginia's ballot, Goode will need 10,000 signatures from across the state, including 400 from each congressional district.
James Clymer of Pennsylvania, who has served as chairman of the Constitution Party since 1999, will serve as Goode's running mate. Leading up to Election Day, Clymer will focus on getting on the ballot and securing votes in the Northeast, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, Goode said.
Goode said he will only take donations of up to $200 per person from anyone except for immediate family and will not accept political action committee donations. If elected, he said he would serve only one term.
If not now, conservatives, when?
I live in Richmond. Where do I sign?
Earlier someone posted- “Goode-not Evil in 2012.”
I’m going to vote for him.
Just as liberal as the rest of them. (You should see the anger on some Constitution party forums). Up until a few years back, he was a Dem, then he switched the the Republican party when he was primaried and pretty much voted as a poster-boy RINO.
The only thing he is right on was the WOT, something the grass roots Constitution party folks don’t like as they lean Ron Paul/Chuck Baldwin isolationist on that part.
Seriously folks, look down his record, specifically prior to 2007. He was voting with the Dems on most issues except the WOT.
If you look at 2007 prior, he was voting with the Dems on many things including increasing the minimum wage, against the ban on human cloning, against support for our troops in Iraq, for HR 5092 which gave people the ability to sue firearm manufacturers and expanded what weapons the ATF could put on its ban list, increasing the death tax, etc..
See link in 9, go to before 2007, pretty much all Dem all the time. That is just a couple of years of flip flopping.
If we aren’t going to accept it from one, why settle for it from another?
The Constitution opposed both the Iraq war and the Pat Act. I’m surprised he got the nomination. I know he has tried walking back those supports for some time now.
Ooops, insert party.
Most of these third parties just want someone who they think can bring in donations.
Just remember the Libertarians nominated Bob Barr the last go-around, a guy who, up until a few years before they considered an arch-enemy.
I share some of his views.
Yet he still stands head and shoulders above both democrats running for the presidency.
I was a delegate to the Constitution Party convention in 2008. I was pleased that we nominated someone who reflected our principles, rather than a "big name" who didn't share our views but could draw money. For me, the Libertarians repudiated their slogan of "the party of principle."
The platform is GREAT! This Goode guy is as exciting as burnt toast. He's an insider. He spent the beginning of his acceptance speech apologizing for not supporting planks in the platform in the past (but I do now).
The party big shots, chose an establishment guy. The BOLD platform does not fit the guy they nominated. So, is this a party I can support? It sure doesn't look like it. I got so excited by the platform only to be DASHED by their choice of candidate.
That pretty goode.
That said, and coincidently, VA and NC are states Obama is trying to hold on to. It will be interesting to see how Goode of VA and formerly of NC effects that.
FYI: Perriello lost by a substantial margin in 2010 to Republican Robert Hurt, who tied him in big time with Obama's policies.
I should note that Goode chose not to run in 2010 though many urged him to do so. I think he would have won.
Ah. He was for it before he was agin' it. Seems I've heard that somewhere before...hmmm...
I wonder if they also convinced him that we can prosecute modern warfare using letters of marque and reprisal...
concur. still the default choice for me.
besides burnt toast goes well with sackcloth and ashes.
We use similar methods, ie bounties. It works sometimes, or simply a merc team if wanted, could go for such targets. Our Constitution trumps any UN regulation.
Yeah. But I’ve talked to lots of folks in the CP who believe that it was the only means we should have used post-9-11. Which, of course, is absolutely ridiculous.
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