Virgil Goode said this afternoon that he’s won ballot access in 17 states as the Constitution Party’s presidential nominee – but Virginia isn’t yet one of them.
The former Virginia senator and 5th District congressman said he’s aiming to be on the ballot in 40 states on Election Day, and more if possible. Four years ago, the Constitution Party appeared on 37 ballots in the presidential race.
Goode said he’s already won ballot access in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Utah, Wyoming and other states. In Virginia, he needs to secure at least 10,000 signatures from qualified voters, including at least 400 from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts. The deadline is noon on August 24.
He said he’s already working on that and will focus mostly on the 5th, 6th and 9th Districts in western and southern Virginia to obtain the bulk of those signatures.
Goode spoke for about 20 minutes to about 75 members of the Salem Rotary Club, fielding questions and outlining three key differences between him, incumbent President Barack Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Goode said he favors deeper cuts to the federal budget to avoid running a deficit. He said Obama’s plan runs a $1.3 trillion deficit while the House Republican plan runs a $600 billion deficit while cutting Medicare.
“This is old Franklin County horse sense, but you’re not going to borrow your way to prosperity,” Goode said.
He said he’d preserve the social security and Medicare programs while making deep cuts to social programs and defense.
Goode said that Democrats and Republicans have become compromised by taking large amounts from “heavy hitter” PACs. SO he pledged to take no more than $200 from any individual donor and said he’d eschew money from political action committees.
Goode said if he wins election in November, “you’ll know that the grassroots is back in charge.”
And at a time when both major parties are softening their stance on immigration, Goode said he’d eliminate illegal immigration and largely shut down legal immigration as well, saying there’s no need for the country to issue 1.2 million green cards annually when unemployment is running between 8 percent and 9 percent.
“The best thing to help the working man in this country is to put a moratorium on so many green cards,” Goode said.
– Mason Adams