Former Army intelligence officer Jim Gilmore announced on Thursday that he is running for President of the White House. He now becomes the 17th Republican presidential candidate. He made the announcement in an online video. Jim Gilmore previously served as Governor of Virginia. Gilmore filed the official paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.
Gilmore was briefly a presidential candidate during the 2008 presidential campaign but dropped out in July of 2007, citing a lack of fundraising. A June 2007 NBC/WSJ poll saw him garnering the support of just one percent of Republican primary voters. Mr. Gilmore enters the race too late to compete for a spot in the Republican Party’s first presidential debate
Jim Gilmore was governor from 1998 to 2002. He ran unsuccessfully in Virginia for an open Senate seat in 2007. He previously served as chairperson of the Republican National Committee. Gilmore hinted last month that he planned to launch a long-shot bid for the White House. He spoke to The Richmond Times-Dispatch saying that the existing candidates did not understand how to handle the international threats facing the United States and that he saw an opening. Gilmore explained why he’s running for President in an article posted at Breitbart.
I am a candidate for president because our current Washington leadership is guiding America on a path to decline, and I can reverse that decline. That current leadership is damaging our economic and national security to such a degree, that for this first time in American history, most Americans believe their children will not be better off than they are. I have a vision for a different America, one that will return America to the policies of a dynamic, entrepreneurial free-market economy and a policy of peace-through-strength for our national security. I have been looking for someone to enter the race committed to my belief that America’s economic and national security is increasingly at risk, but I have not seen a response from anyone that makes me certain about their knowledge or solutions to the threats facing our nation. I do not seek the presidency because I want to be something. I seek it because I want to DO something — for America.”
Jim Gilmore previously advised former U.S. presidents on response to acts of terrorism. Gilmore served as an Army intelligence officer following his graduation from the University of Virginia in 1971, then later graduated from the university’s law school and would go on to serve as a county prosecutor before his statewide election as attorney general in 1993. As governor of Virginia he worked with the state’s Democratic legislature to reduce taxes on vehicles valued under $1,000 and institute uniform curriculum standards across the state. He further reduced college tuition by 20 percent.
Gilmore currently serves on the board of the National Rifle Association in Virginia and is also the President and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation. Gilmore’s name has not regularly been included in poll so it’s impossible to say where he stands in the race. But with household names like Chris Christie and Ted Cruz barely staying afloat in the increasing crowded pool of GOP candidates, his early support is unlikely to break one percent – if that. He’s one of two 9/11 era governors seeking the GOP nomination. The other is former New York Governor George Pataki. He served as the Empire State’s governor for three terms and left office in 2006.