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Virgil H. Goode Jr.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Presidential candidate Virgil H. Goode Jr. of Rocky Mount said Monday he was glad to learn that Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli has concluded that nothing he examined would prevent Goode from being certified to be on the ballot in the November presidential election.
Goode is running for the office of president as the Constitution Party's candidate.
"I was glad to hear about the ruling," said Goode. " We worked very hard and collected 20,000 signatures."
The minimum amount of signatures of registered voters is 10,000 in Virginia.
In his ruling, Cuccinelli said it is not uncommon to find some irregularities in candidate petitions that contain thousands of signatures.
"Regardless, of any such irregularities, the candidate had enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot," Cuccinelli said.
The attorney general added that the State Board of Elections was correct in certifying Goode for inclusion on the Virginia presidential ballot.
The State Board of Elections requested that the attorney general investigate statements from an Aug. 30 letter submitted to it that challenged the inclusion of Goode on the Virginia presidential ballot, based on alleged irregularities.
"We call them like we see them," said Cuccinelli.
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.
Goode said the key to economic growth in the U.S. is a balanced budget "sooner, not later." He said spending cuts need to be made across the board.
Goode also said he supports a moratorium on the issue of green cards to stop the flow of illegal immigration into the United States.
Other issues Goode supports include: developing "our own energy resources" to not allow OPEC to control U.S. energy supplies; elimination of the Death Tax; terminate the IRS Code sometime in the future and replace it with something simpler and fairer; support 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; preserve and protect Social Security; and support ending "Obamacare."