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Former Virginia Governor enters presidential race

Posted by Stephen on April 27, 2007

Nope, it’s not Warner…

Former Republican Governor Jim Gilmore has entered a cluttered field of GOP hopefuls with an internet announcement. The internet announcement, which he touts as a way to better connect with people, originated from the Iowa GOP headquarters and was sent out over his campaign web site.

“This is going to be something unique in American politics and something I think is the wave of the future, which is the chance to talk directly to the people as we develop the campaign through the Internet,” Gilmore said.

Gilmore enters the race touting himself as the only true conservative in the race, a claim shared by more than a few of his competitors. Gilmore wasted no time scolding the early leaders in the field of 08 hopefuls.

“I don’t think Mayor Giuliani has even suggested he’s a conservative,” said Gilmore. “Senator McCain has not made his reputation as a conservative. He’s made it as a maverick.”

He added that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is flip flopping to align himself with the conservative base. “The difference is he is attempting to shift into becoming a conservative,” said Gilmore.

Gilmore intends on focusing his race on a fiscal conservative position while pushing traditional conservative social values. However, the core of his message will center on national security and security for Americans everywhere. Each of these elements of his campaign are, according to Gilmore, missing at the top of the GOP field.

“The three leading challengers for our party’s nomination may be good men, but they simply do not share our conservative values,” said Gilmore, adding, “It’s for these reasons that I intend to pursue our party’s nomination for president.”

With that, the former Governor of the Commonwealth has entered a crowded field of Republican hopefuls.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.

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