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Goode considers himself a grassroots candidate

Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode filed papers at the State Board of Elections office in Raleigh on Monday afternoon to qualify as a write-in candidate in this year’s election. Signatures of 500 registered voters are required for his write-in votes to be counted.

Goode, a former Virginia congressman, said he hopes to be a presidential option in about 40 state ballots and intends to pull support from both major party presidential candidates.

“I think when the American public wakes up and sees that there’s one candidate out there that’s for jobs for the average citizen, that’s me,” Goode told reporters at Board of Elections headquarters. “I won’t be on TV probably at all, but it’s a chance for grassroots Americans to have a grassroots candidate.”

Goode talked extensively about cracking down on illegal immigration and strictly limiting legal immigration. He wants “nearly a complete moratorium” on issuing green cards that allow people from other counties to become permanent residents and work in the United States.

Goode, who served six terms in Congress, said he supports term limits: one for president, two for U.S. Senators, and from three to six for U.S. House members.

Goode switched parties while in Congress, serving as a Democrat, an independent, and a Republican.

The Constitution Party aims to “restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries,” according to its platform.

The platform says compulsory school attendance laws should be repealed; that electronic and mechanical voting should end, and that votes should be counted by hand; that federal wetlands laws, the federal Endangered Species Act, and the Federal Reserve Act should be repealed, and that Social Security should be phased out.

Goode said he doesn’t agree on everything in the platform.

Compulsory education is a matter for the states, Goode said, and he wants the federal Department of Education abolished. The Endangered Species Act and a number of wetlands laws are overly restrictive, he said.

On counting ballots by hand, he said, “Personally I prefer paper ballots over computerized voting, but again, that’s a decision for the states to make,” he said.

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