Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore has entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination. He only served one term as Governor, but did also run for the Senate in 2008 against current Virginia Senator Mark Warner. Before his Senate run, Gilmore ran for president in 2008. However, Gilmore was not very successful, as suspended his presidential campaign in July of 2007. CNN reports that since he was Governor of Virginia during the September 11th attacks, his campaign will focus on issues involving national security. During the time of his Presidential run, Gilmore repeatedly defended the Iraq War and asserted the views from the hawkish wing of the GOP. Gilmore is pro-life, anti-Obamacare and opposes tax increases. Where will he stand on contemporary political issues such as immigration, the (Paul) Ryan budget, net neutrality, Iran, and the TPP? Time will tell.
To be honest, I’m not really sure why he’s doing this. Gilmore’s 2008 campaign garnered little attention from the media and GOP primary voters and he got walloped in his 2008 Senate run (to be fair, that was a particularly bad year for Republicans). But, if George Pataki can run and try to revive his political career, I suppose Gilmore is entitled to do the same. Admittedly, I normally try to put more effort into these posts, but it’s not really worth my time with this particular candidate.