September 30, 2012
More than half of the U.S. will see three names on their ballot on Nov. 6.
Virgil Goode, the former Virginia congressman, joins Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and could determine the outcome of the election being on the Virginia state ballot.
Goode is the presidential candidate for the Constitution Party. While most Americans might think the 2012 election is a two-man race, Goode says it's anything but.
"If grassroots America wakes up and says, 'Look, we want someone that's for the U.S. citizen first and for grassroots America, then they're going to vote for Virgil Goode," he said in an exclusive interview with the Newsplex.
Goode said Obama and Romney want to preserve jobs for Americans, but he says he has a different plan to make sure that happens by putting a moratorium on immigration.
"We need jobs for U.S. citizens first and we need to reduce legal immigration. Obama's not gonna say that, and neither is Romney. Big difference," he said.
With not a lot of money and a one- or two-man campaign staff, Goode says he's never thought even once about giving this up.
"We need to save America and return to the days when citizenship counted for something," he said.
Some people say that since the election might come down to Virginia, votes that go to Goode and not Romney might push over the win to Obama.
One conservative says that this time around, his values just match up better with the Constitution Party and Virgil Goode.
"Yes, I've made the decision that I'm going to support the man who most upholds my values," said Albemarle County resident Michael Lusk."In my family, I have to take care of my own children before I concern myself with those outside of my family. I think as Americans, we have to take care of Americans first."
But Romney supporters are not too worried about voters like Lusk.
"I don't really think it'll make a big change in the outcome of the race. It really is just going to come down to Obama and Romney," said Cindi Burket, chair of the Albemarle County Republican Committee.
But Goode is optimistic and confident that he'll come out on top.
"We won't win the popular vote probably but we have a shot of winning the electoral college."