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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Virgil H. Goode Jr.
Monday, June 13, 2011
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Virgil H. Goode Jr. of Rocky Mount, a former Virginia senator and U.S. congressman, said Friday he will consider seeking the Constitution Party's nomination to run for president of the United States.
Goode said the Constitution Party's national executive committee adopted a resolution at its April meeting in Harrisburg, Pa., urging him to seek the party's nomination to run for president.
"I will consider it (seeking the nomination) as the year progresses," Goode told The Franklin News-Post from his home in Rocky Mount Friday.
Goode, 64, said he has made speeches at meetings of the Constitution Party over the past two years, including meetings in Harrisburg, Pa.; Newark, N.J.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Fort Worth, Texas.
The resolution urging Goode to seek the Constitution Party's nomination is not a nomination, which can only be made by the party's national nominating convention, he said. The party's national convention will take place in April 2012.
Over the years, Goode has been elected to office as a Democrat, Independent and Republican.
Goode served in the Virginia Senate from 1973 to 1993. He was then elected as 5th District Congressman and served in that office until 2008 when he was defeated by Democrat Tom Perriello.
The Constitution Party was founded in 1991 as the U.S. Taxpayers Party by Howard Phillips. He is now the party's Virginia chairman.
According to its website, the Constitution Party is the only party which is completely: pro-life; pro-states' rights; pro-second amendment; pro-constitutional, limited government; against illegal immigration and open borders; against U.S. policy being dictated by the United Nations; against undeclared unconstitutional wars (such as Iraq and Afghanistan); and against free trade and all international trade agreements.