Of course this isn’t news to IPR readers, but here is the official release of the Constitution Party:
Former Virginia Congressman, Virgil Goode secured the Constitution Party’s nomination for president at the party’s National Convention Saturday, April 21st in Nashville, Tennessee. Goode was one of six candidates vying for the spot. He won on the first ballot.
Goode served 24 years in the Virginia Senate. 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. Though he undoubtedly could have regained his seat in 2010, Goode opted instead to join the Constitution Party to help provide a real alternative for the average American voter.
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.”
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.
In his acceptance speech at the Constitution Party Convention, Goode admitted his vote for the Patriot Act was a mistake. As President he would work with Congress to repeal the applications of the Patriot Act as they apply to U.S. Citizens. He also would end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home.
James Clymer, an attorney in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who has served as National Chairman of the Constitution Party since 1999, was Goode’s selection to be his Vice-Presidential running mate. Clymer was nominated by acclamation.
*Find out why a major Virginia Newspaper refers to Virgil Goode as Mr. Independent read here: