10/30 Episode of Missouri Freedom Radio – Featuring: Virgil Goode, Presidential Candidate for the Constitution Party! The following is an interview conducted between Grant Warren (show host of Missouri Freedom Radio) and Virgil Goode.
To start things off, would you mind sharing a little bit about some of your experiences in the political arena? “I was nominated by the Constitution Party at the Convention at the end of April in Nashville.” Mr. Good explains.“ Prior to that for twelve years, I was in the U.S House of Representatives. And prior to that for 23 years I was in the Virginia State Senate.“ And although the other candidates have no military experience what-so-ever, Mr. Goode noted that he was in the army national guard for six years.
Goode on Constitution Party and Immigration: What made you run on the Constitution Party ticket? “I was invited in 2008 to attend the National Convention of the Constitution Party, but I couldn’t go. That year it was in January, and the Congress was in session then, and I couldn’t go because of prior commitments. And then they invited me again in Spring of ‘09, and I went and found that we had many thoughts and beliefs in common. And then in Spring of 2010, the Constitution Party National Committee was the only National Committee of any Party that came four-square in support of the State of Arizona as they were fighting illegal immigration. When I was in Congress, I worked diligently to end illegal immigration. I’m also a supporter of reducing legal immigration – particularly in regards to so many green-carders coming into the United States. Our unemployment is around 8 percent, and yet we continue to issue green-cards to workers that will come to the United States to do about any job they want to, and they’re taking jobs from U.S. citizens. So I’ve advocated a near complete moratorium on green-cards until unemployment is under five percent. It makes no sense to bring in so many foreign workers. And we need to totally stop illegal immigration. That’s a job taker from U.S. citizens. Neither Romney nor Obama are willing to do anything about it. They’re in favor of catering to the Hispanic Caucus. You need to do what’s right, and that’s securing our Borders, and quit bringing in so many foreign workers. The big money in the Republican Party doesn’t want that, because it drives down wages, and the big money people are thinking about themselves instead of thinking about the Country. We need a strong middle class, and the way to do that is to give jobs to U.S. citizens first. The Democrats want more green-carders in. They don’t want an H-2A worker in, because they don’t get a glide path to citizenship. But the green-carders do, and they feel that the more they get in to the United States from third world and countries where governments do so much for them and they’ll come in and be Democrats. So the average citizen isn’t going to be helped by either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party when it comes to bringing in foreign workers. I’m the only candidate that even talks about this. Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and Rocky Anderson – the other third party candidates – they don’t agree with me, but I’m willing to take a tough stand, because it’s right for the American people and will do more to help the economy than anything Obama or Romney are talking about.”
Goode on Abortion: Here in the last couple weeks, the Romney campaign actually came out with a commercial underlining their support for abortion, and trying to remind folks that they do support abortion – not in every case – but they do support it in some cases. Now are you different from him on that position? Are you a hundred percent pro-Life? “I’m a hundred percent pro-life. It’s really amazing. This is Romney. Romney takes any position that he thinks that’s what the people want to hear. He was pro-choice when he was running for office in Massachusetts. And now he’s talked Paul Ryan into going along with his position on abortion in cases of rape or incest. I’ve read some articles, but I’ve got to do more research, that Romney at Bain Capital benefited greatly financially from a company that dealt in the disposal of aborted baby parts. I really question whether Romney is committed to fighting for life from conception to death.”
Voters for Goode: “The Republicans like to think they’re going to get all the votes of everyone who doesn’t like Obama,” Goode states. “But there’s a lot of old-line Democrats that under no circumstances would ever vote for Romney or any Republican. And we’re going to get some of those folks, because they’re dissatisfied with Obama – and they want to vote, but they’re never going to vote for Romney. I think particularly in South Virginia where you have a lot of old-line Democrats that are fairly conservative. So I think we’ll do real well in that community.”
2nd Amendment: We have a lot of listeners interested in the second amendment, and I was just wondering – how do you feel about these proposed assault weapons bans? “I’m opposed to them. But now, I’ll have to point out that Obama is for an assault weapon ban, and Governor Romney signed one when he was Governor of Massachusetts – and said how important it was for the safety of persons on the streets. Now I think because he’s running for President on the Republican ticket, he’s softened that assault weapons ban. But let me point out to your listeners that an assault weapon ban would include firearms such as the 30.06, which is what a lot of deer hunters here in Virginia use as their gun of choice. It’s really amazing to see Romney change his positions, and I have to question if he’s going to be a strong advocate like I’ve been all my life for the Second Amendment. I’ve always had the highest ratings from the NRA, the Gun Owners of America, the Citizens Defense League, the 2nd Amendment Caucus, and I haven’t been all over the place on the issue like Governor Romney has – or even like President Obama. Although I think it’s pretty safe to say that with Obama’s Attorney General, he’s not a pro-gun person. And if I’m elected President, I’ll have an Attorney General who will be strong on the 2nd Amendment and make sure that it’s preserved and protected now and into the future.”
What Good would do if elected President: What are the top three things you will focus on if elected to President? “One thing I’d have to do is get rid of so many executive orders that exceed the authority of the President. I would submit a balanced budget to Congress – it’d be painful, but we’ve got to do it. I would be a fighter for pro-life positions and traditional marriage, and most importantly – I’d fight for jobs in America, for American citizens first. By totally ending illegal immigration, and put a moratorium on our green-cards, and work towards that end so that we don’t have so many foreign workers coming in here taking jobs from U.S. citizens.”
Supreme Court Nominees: If you were President and there was an opening on the Supreme Court, who would you look for as a nominee? “Well, I wouldn’t mention any specific name. But I would tell you some characteristics I’d look for. One is that they’d have to be of the highest legal competency, and understand the constitution, and have a good legal background. I’d want one that would understand that the Constitution is a limitation, and a preserve of the rights of individuals. I’d want one that is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage. And we don’t have any Veterans on the Supreme Court. I’d think it would be good if we could get someone that was a Veteran. I would also want one definitely that believes that the legislative bodies of this country should make the laws, and not the courts. We’ve seen too much action by Federal Judges that are basically legislating instead of being Judges. I want someone that is going to be a Judge, and leave the legislating to the Congress or the respective State Legislatures.”
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