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Goode is a presidential candidate
The Franklin News-Post ^ | April 23, 2012 | Paul Collins - Martinsville Bulletin

Posted on 04/23/2012 10:27:06 PM PDT by Perseverando

The Constitution Party nominated the Franklin County native in Nashville on Saturday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Constitution Party has nominated Virgil Goode to run for president of the United States.

Goode was nominated Saturday morning on the first round of voting at the party's convention in Nashville, according to Jim Clymer, the party's national chairman. Goode received 203 votes; 202 were required for a majority.

Goode, 65, of Rocky Mount is a former Virginia senator who served six terms in Congress.

"There was some spirited competition" for the Constitution Party nomination for president, with a total of six candidates, Clymer said.

Darrell Castle of Tennessee, national vice chairman of the Constitution Party, came in second with 120 votes. He entered the race at the virtual last minute -- on Friday, Clymer said.

Other candidates were Robbie Wells from North Carolina, former football coach at Savannah State University; Dr. Laurie Roth of Washington state, who has radio talk-show program; Susan Ducey of Kansas; and Don Grundman.

A total of 403 delegate votes were cast, Clymer said.

The convention also adopted a new platform, one not much different from its 2008 positions, Clymer said. The platform includes: pro-life; pro-gun/pro Second Amendment; stop illegal immigration; fair trade as opposed to free trade; restricting the size and scope of government to its constitutional authority; nonintervention in foreign affairs; and bringing troops home, Clymer said.

The majority of delegates felt Goode "has experience and understanding of the issues; is with us on virtually all issues; is a proven, principled constitutionalist; and overall would be the most effective of the candidates in getting the message out," Clymer said.

According to Goode's presidential campaign website, his positions include: having a smaller, less costly government; reducing the deficit; balancing the budget; reducing regulations and becoming energy independent; support for building the Canada to Texas pipeline; reducing legal immigration; stopping illegal immigration; terminating the current IRS Code so it can be replaced with something simpler and fairer; tort reform to help control medical costs; preserving and protecting Social Security; and ending Obama's health care reform legislation.

Goode is opposed to gay marriages/civil unions and supports the federal Marriage Protection Amendment, according to the website.

Among his other positions, Goode supports cutting U.S. defense spending around the world and bringing home U.S. troops from Afghanistan now. He also backs funding for veterans' health care.

Goode would continue to oppose abortion and would submit a budget with no funds for Planned Parenthood and similar entities.

He opposes placing U.S. forces under United Nations command, and says, "We need to curtail expenditures to the UN, the World Bank, the IMF and to foreign nations." He opposes any union between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. He opposes international trade agreements, such as NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Act).

He supports term limits for members of the U.S. House and Senate.

Goode was in Virginia's Senate from 1973 to 1996. He then served six terms in Congress before he lost his seat to Tom Perriello in 2008. Perriello was defeated by current 5th District U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt two years later.

A Democrat when he first was elected to Congress, Goode later became an independent and then a Republican.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; conservatism; constitutionparty; franklincounty; goode; thirdparty; va2012; virgilgoode
This is the article from Virgil's hometown newspaper. No they aren't known as a bastion of conservative thought and commentary.
1 posted on 04/23/2012 10:27:07 PM PDT by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando

It has long been my opinion that the Constitution party is our best “third party” option. It is already established and has the same conservative platform that we generally agree with. If Newt’s plans fail, I may well vote for Goode. I think we should take a serious look at growing the CP into the party to eclipse the GOP-e.


2 posted on 04/23/2012 10:38:18 PM PDT by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: WVNan

And I voted for Perot once.

What a mistake.


3 posted on 04/23/2012 10:45:06 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Perseverando
According to Goode's presidential campaign website, his positions include: having a smaller, less costly government; reducing the deficit; balancing the budget; reducing regulations and becoming energy independent; support for building the Canada to Texas pipeline; reducing legal immigration; stopping illegal immigration; terminating the current IRS Code so it can be replaced with something simpler and fairer; tort reform to help control medical costs; preserving and protecting Social Security; and ending Obama's health care reform legislation.

So what's the freakin plan?

4 posted on 04/23/2012 10:49:25 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Perseverando

He sounds like one of the last Blue dogs.


5 posted on 04/23/2012 10:54:25 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
Same plan that Romney has. Except that Goode has a better platform.

And as much chance of winning the general election.

/johnny

6 posted on 04/23/2012 10:59:48 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Sorry FRiend

200 some backers in Va is not a platform


7 posted on 04/23/2012 11:04:11 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

He’s a populist. Just look at his trade stance. But, populism has been lacking for a while.


8 posted on 04/23/2012 11:04:29 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: mylife

RE: So what’s the freakin plan?

The plan is to get Goode elected because we’ve already seen what Obama’s & Romney’s plans are and they don’t look good for America.


9 posted on 04/23/2012 11:06:10 PM PDT by Perseverando (Keywords are our friends ! Let's use them.)
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To: mylife
having a smaller, less costly government; reducing the deficit; balancing the budget; reducing regulations and becoming energy independent; support for building the Canada to Texas pipeline; reducing legal immigration; stopping illegal immigration; terminating the current IRS Code so it can be replaced with something simpler and fairer; tort reform to help control medical costs; preserving and protecting Social Security; and ending Obama's health care reform legislation.

THAT is his platform. You know, like the republican platform that you can find here.

If you don't know the difference between a platform and backers, I can't help you.

But neither Goode nor Romney stand a chance in the general election, either way. And Romney may not make it to the general.

/johnny

10 posted on 04/23/2012 11:09:34 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Perseverando; Theoria

No one knows the name.
There is no plan.


11 posted on 04/23/2012 11:09:46 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Ive always said Romney sucks in the GE because he cant compare and contrast to Obama.


12 posted on 04/23/2012 11:11:21 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Perry has actually kicked the PA square in the nuts since he was forced out.


13 posted on 04/23/2012 11:12:45 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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EPA


14 posted on 04/23/2012 11:13:17 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
Well, that, and he'll have conservatives like me campaigning against him and the other liberal if he makes it to the general election.

/johnny

15 posted on 04/23/2012 11:13:25 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mylife

RE: No one knows the name.
There is no plan.

Then I guess we’re all doomed. What’s your plan again?


16 posted on 04/23/2012 11:15:20 PM PDT by Perseverando (Keywords are our friends ! Let's use them.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’m Campaigning against Obama and for down ballot votes that will hold our nominee’s feet to the fire


17 posted on 04/23/2012 11:17:34 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Perseverando

See #17


18 posted on 04/23/2012 11:18:43 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Perseverando

RE: Then I guess we’re all doomed. What’s your plan again?

Shall we vote for Obama and go over the cliff at 90 mph, or vote for Romney and go over it at 60 mph? Ummm.


19 posted on 04/23/2012 11:20:27 PM PDT by Perseverando (Keywords are our friends ! Let's use them.)
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To: WVNan
It has long been my opinion that the Constitution party is our best “third party” option.

Really? Chuck Baldwin only got 199K votes out of 130+ million cast in '08. The Libertarians more than doubled that with 524K. If anything, the Libertarians would be considered the more viable of the alternate options, if you can call half a million votes viable.

I just watched Goodes speech at their Convention this weekend. There was a wall sconce and HVAC thermostat behind him like they were holding it in a Ramada Inn conference room. I don't think the party is as big as you think.

20 posted on 04/23/2012 11:31:22 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Perseverando

I’ll vote Romney in the general, go over the cliff at 60 and hope we survive, battered and bruised, but alive.


21 posted on 04/23/2012 11:32:23 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: mylife
that will hold our nominee’s feet to the fire

"Shoes with a Fuse".

Next guy in the White House gets a pair.

22 posted on 04/23/2012 11:36:17 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: Perseverando

Good.


23 posted on 04/23/2012 11:37:06 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lazlo in PA

There is strong evidence that Ralph Nader cost Al Gore the 2000 election.
Every new “conservative” candidate poses a serious threat to GOP Presidential hopes. That is mainly because conservatives are looking for someplace, anyplace, to go. If Romney is the GOP candidate, the GOP will lose. It astonishes me that the GOP establishment elite doesn’t get that. ...Or do they?


24 posted on 04/23/2012 11:42:42 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

I was in a hurry to reply ‘till I tripped over an Etch-A-Scetch.


25 posted on 04/23/2012 11:48:05 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: budwiesest

Is it too late to buy a “k”?


26 posted on 04/23/2012 11:49:31 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: budwiesest

27 posted on 04/23/2012 11:49:51 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

LOL!


28 posted on 04/23/2012 11:53:59 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: All

Somebody should start a “Kenyan Marxist Environazi Party” and run on exactly Obama’s platform except telling the truth about Marxist leanings, Islamist sentiments and foreign birth. That might work better than this doomed plan of running as conservatives. Anyway, it would place Obama on notice that somebody had, well, noticed.


29 posted on 04/24/2012 3:50:53 AM PDT by Peter ODonnell (Give Ron a chance)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Lol.. I noticed that too.... it looked like the basement of a Days Inn.


30 posted on 04/24/2012 4:38:56 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: mylife
Goode was one the last Blue Dogs. He was one the last actual conservative Democrats. He became a Republican.

Goode is a good choice for a protest vote, especially for those of us who live in solidly Democrat states. Better people vote for a conservative third party candidate, and still vote for Republicans down-ticket, than stay home.

31 posted on 04/24/2012 9:07:19 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: mylife; Lazlo in PA

My suggestion was not meant to refer to this election. This election is already lost. What we need to do is choose one alternative party that is already established and on a lot of ballots and grow it during the next four years, instead of sitting on our butts and doing nothing until the 20106 election is upon us and then start panicking when the GOP-e chooses our next nominee.


32 posted on 04/24/2012 3:41:43 PM PDT by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: mylife
And I voted for Perot once.
What a mistake.

I voted for Perot twice...And would again...

33 posted on 04/24/2012 4:05:46 PM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: Lancey Howard

I agree with you, about Nader and the 2000 race. In Florida, he got about 98,000 votes, and Bush beat Gore by about 500 votes. In New Hampshire, Nader got about 22,000 votes, and Bush beat Gore by about 7,000 votes.

Usually, the strongest third-party presidential candidate takes votes from the incumbent party. In 1992, when a republican president ran for re-election, Perot got 19%, helping Clinton win. In 1968, when the president was a Democrat, Wallace got about 11% of the vote, helping Nixon win.


34 posted on 04/26/2012 9:39:00 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: WVNan

I agree that we need one conservative party. Currently, our country has too many small conservative parties, including the Constitution Party, America First Party, Conservative Party, and Heritage Party. Those members agree, on almost every issue. If all of them join the same party (probably the Constitution Party, the largest of that group), they’ll be more likely to win elections.


35 posted on 04/26/2012 9:43:09 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: mylife

Virgil Goode lost election in his district, where people KNOW him, but thinks he will be more successful on a bigger stage? um, good luck with that.


36 posted on 04/26/2012 9:44:19 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: PhilCollins

That’s exactly what I was saying. The Constitution Party is the one that is most known. They are on the ballot here in WV. I don’t know how many states they are on, but I’ve known about them for several years and wondered why we couldn’t put all of this Tea Party/conservative energy into building that one alternative party to take over Washington. It would take time, but gee, how long have we been placing our hopes with the GOP-e and the donkeys?


37 posted on 04/26/2012 8:05:38 PM PDT by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: WVNan

I agree with you. Even now if true Conservatives all over the Country backed him with money, support and faithful prayer to God, he could get in. We have got to start having faith in God and doing the things that only can get done by faith in God’s goodness towards us and the absolute power of His Spirit.


38 posted on 04/30/2012 1:01:51 AM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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