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Constitution Party nominates Goode
To run for president
Sunday, April 22, 2012
By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer
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.
He said the party’s vice presidential candidate would be elected later Saturday, but details were unavailable Saturday night. He added that no one was running for that post, but he expected the convention would give preference to Goode’s choice for vice presidential running mate. Clymer said Goode had asked him to be the VP nominee and he had agreed.
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.