|The former Congressman has collected 14,000 signatures|
Virgil H. Goode Jr.
Friday, July 20, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Virgil H. Goode Jr. of Rocky Mount said Monday he is "optimistic" that he will be on the ballot in Virginia in his bid for president as the Constitution Party candidate.
Goode has already secured 14,000 signatures, he said.The minimum number of voter signatures required in Virginia is 10,000, which must include 400 qualified voters from each of the state's 11 congressional districts.
"We will continue to get signatures because some people who are not registered voters will sign a petition," Goode said.
Goode, 65, is already on the ballot in Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Goode served in the Virginia Senate from 1973 to 1996. He also served in Congress before he lost his seat to Democrat Tom Perriello in 2008.
The key to economic growth in the U.S. is a balanced budget "sooner, not later," Goode said. And spending cuts need to be made across the board.
""The United States cannot borrow its way to prosperity," Goode said. "The old saying that one will not get out of the hole by digging the hole deeper is accurate."
Goode also supports a moratorium on the issue of green cards to stop the flow of illegal immigration into the United States.
"It makes no sense to allow illegal immigrants to come into the country, taking jobs from U.S. citizens," he said.
Other issues Goode supports include developing "our own energy resources" so OPEC cannot control U.S. energy supplies; elimination of the Death Tax (inheritance tax); replacing the IRS tax code with something simpler and fairer; supporting tort reform that will limit attorney fees and the amount of damages recoverable for non-economic reasons to combat the high cost of malpractice insurance for physicians and other health care providers; preserving and protecting Social Security; and ending "Obamacare."