Former Virginia Governor Running In '08

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

April 26, 2007

Showing a sign of the times, former governor Jim Gilmore made his official candidacy announcement Thursday through a live webcast from GOP headquarters in Iowa.

Earlier this year, the former governor showed interest in running after setting up an exploratory committee in January. During a speech in a live webcast from his website Thursday, Gilmore made the announcement to run, promising to represent the Republican party's conservative values.

Following his speech, Gilmore answered questions from voters in a live blog chat. He joins a growing group of candidates that have all established a presence on the web, but none of them may be depending on the Internet as much as Gilmore.

"Jim Gilmore is taking a chance at perhaps being unique in terms of announcing it on the web. One of the goals of his campaign is reaching out to voters in a grassroots fashion," said Matt Smyth from the UVa Center for Politics.

Gilmore says he decided to make the announcement through his website in order to reach homes across the country. He added that he decided to run because he did not believe that any of the leading Republican candidates were true conservatives.

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