Congressman Virgil Goode is considered a dark-horse candidate for the Presidency of the United States, and that’s putting it kindly, but that does not mean he doesn’t have hopes of running a competitive candidacy and even winning.
Virgil Goode said his bid for the presidency is an “uphill battle,” but it is one he can win.
Goode, 65, of Rocky Mount, was nominated Saturday by the Constitution Party to run for president in November. The party’s vice presidential candidate is Jim Clymer, who has been the party’s national chairman. Goode is a former state senator and U.S. congressman from Virginia. He has held public office as a Democrat, Republican and independent. He is running for president, he said, because “my position on the issues are exactly what this country needs.” For instance, he said, “the National Democratic Party will never, in my view, address the balanced budget.” President Barack Obama’s proposed budget has a $1.3 trillion deficit, and the House Republicans’ budget plan, crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, has a deficit of more than $600 billion, Goode said. House Republicans are leaving it up to the House committees to decide what to cut and how changes in the tax law would help balance the budget, Goode said. He added that of the Republicans who have sought the party’s nomination for the November race, only Rep. Ron Paul of Texas “has the will to cut” spending.
Goode later suggests he’s hoping to pick up support amongst tea partiers and Republicans disaffected with their party’s nomination of Mitt Romney.