July 4, 2011
Former longtime 5th District Congressman Virgil Goode was one of four keynote speakers at Monday's 3rd annual Jefferson Area Tea Party Independence Day Freedom Celebration.
The Constitution Party member told the crowd that serious and unpopular budget cuts would be necessary to get the country out of debt. Goode delivered his no-nonsense message but side-stepped questions about his political future, which some believe will include a presidential nomination from the Constitution Party.
"I've talked with persons in the Constitution Party, and I like a number of items in their platform. The chief focus is a balanced budget, reduced spending and not having a constant expansion of government," said the six-term Congressman.
Rumors surfaced in early-June that Goode had expressed an interest in the 2012 Constitution Party nomination. He joined the party's national executive committee in November 2010. According to the party's national field director, Gary Odom, Goode "has made it clear to members... that he has a strong interest in seeking the party's nomination for the presidency."
The 64-year-old Richmond native says he will make the decision to run for president "down the road".