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Goode announces run for president

Former 5th District Congressman Virgil Goode announced Friday he would seek the Constitutional Party nomination for President of the United States. Goode represented the 5th District in Congress from 1997 to 2008, first as a Democrat before becoming an Independent and finally as a Republican.

He lost his seat to Democrat Tom Perriello in 2008.

Illegal immigration, energy independence and preservation of social security are key issues in the coming campaign, according to Goode.

The United States needs to stop illegal immigration and secure its borders, according to Goode’s website.

The U.S. borders are too porous and far too open to illegal immigrants, potential terrorists and drug dealers.

Goode also feels reasonable energy costs are crucial to a strong U.S. economy and advocates authorization of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

He is against trade legislation and agreements that shift manufacturing jobs outside the United States.

Social Security and Medicare should be preserved, according to Goode, who calls on the president and congress to save both programs.

Goode also advocates a balanced budget and a simplification of the current tax code, and he supports tort reform as well as capital punishment, and would continue to oppose abortion as president.

He opposes gay marriages and gay civil unions.

The platform of the Constitution Party is predicated on the principles of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Formerly the U.S. Taxpayers Party, the name changed in 1999 to the Constitution Party to reflect its focus of returning government to the U. S. Constitution’s provisions and limitations.

The party achieved ballot access in 41 states in the 2000 election and 36 states in 2004, and in 2008 it was on the ballot in 37 states, with presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin and vice-presidential candidate Darrell Castle polling 199,314 votes in 27 states.