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Goode Enough for Paul Supporters?

By on 6.12.12 | 10:57AM

So who would the Ron Paul supporters angry at Rand Paul for his Mitt Romney endorsement rather vote for? For the more conservative among them, a candidate is Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode.

Goode may be the only politician to win election to Congress as a Democrat, independent, and Republican. At least one poll showed him with a chance of retaking his House seat as a Constitution Party candidate, but he declined to run.

His party changed, but Goode’s basic political allegiances—pro-life, pro-gun, and supportive of his constituents’ economic interests—seldom wavered. It is clear from talking to him that he considers immigration a paramount issue. “We need a moratorium on immigration,” he says, going beyond the border-security platitudes preferred by most of his congressional colleagues. “We can’t wait ten or even five years to do it. We need one right now.”

But his foreign policy record is closer to Romney's than Paul's. Consider:

He voted for the Iraq War and the Patriot Act. Unlike North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones, in Congress he never budged from these positions. He subsequently voted to make the Patriot Act permanent. When Goode voted against a congressional resolution opposing the surge in Iraq, he said he didn’t want to “aid and assist the Islamic jihadists who want the green flag of the crescent and star to wave over the Capitol of the United States and over the White House of this country.” Goode warned of “In Muhammad we trust” appearing on U.S. currency....

The former congressman was harder to pin down on his past record, however. “I still believe to some degree that Iraq had WMD,” he confessed.

The Constitution Party has yet to win even 200,000 votes in a presidential election.

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