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Posted on 04/22/2012 8:27:52 PM PDT by Mozilla
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 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.
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Goode grew up as a Democrat. He entered politics soon after graduating from law school. At the age of 27 he won a special election to the state Senate from a Southside district as an independent after the death of the Democratic incumbent. One of his major campaign focuses at the time was advocacy for the Equal Rights Amendment. Soon after being elected, he joined the Democrats.
Goode wore his party ties very loosely. He became famous for his support of the tobacco industry, where he spoke about his fear that “his elderly mother would be denied ‘the one last pleasure’ of smoking a cigarette on her hospital deathbed.” He was an ardent defender of gun rights while being an enthusiastic supporter of L. Douglas Wilder, who would become the first elected black governor in the history of the United States. At the Democratic Party’s political convention, it was Goode who nominated Wilder for lieutenant governor in 1985. However, while governor, Wilder cracked down on the sale of guns in the state.
Goode served on the Liberty Caucus (sometimes called the Liberty Committee), a group of libertarian-leaning congressional representatives. Congressman Ron Paul hosts a luncheon for the Liberty Caucus every Thursday. Other members include Jimmy Duncan of Tennessee, Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Zach Wamp of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona. In the 2008 Republican primary elections for President, the Federal Election Commission reported that Goode donated $500 to Republican candidate Ron Paul.
He’s no different that those who support romney. A dime a dozen.
Newt is the only conservative and with a record on what he has DONE for America. A true patriot and anyone opposing him is opposing America.
Are you always this dumb? And you showed the last thing you are is a Patriot.
Good choice! I`ll be doing the same.
I`ll take his issue stances over Obamney`s any day.
California`s hardly a worthwhile benchmark for any political comparisons. It`s a lost cause to any party except the dems. So that`s a non-player at this point.
If mitt is the nominee... I will write in Palin’s name. At least I will be voting for the best candidate.
Vote your conscience, whether a candidate has a chance makes it a horse race and seems to denigrates the purpose. That is my humble opinion.
Goode thanked the other candidates for their efforts. Sounds like the USCP handled its primary season in an adult manner. Would that the GOP had done the same.
Well, there`s one major, glaring difference between Goode and Gingrich: Only one of the two is the nominee of his respective party.
not going to find fault in that right now..I hope he can turn that place around
And we all know what happens when the conservative vote is split...