Statement From Virgil Goode Facebook Page

From the Goode for President Facebook page:

The votes are still trickling in, and no write-ins have been counted yet, but Virgil Goode’s shoe-string campaign has accumulated over 110,000 votes nationwide. This despite voter intimidation against constitutionalists and unfair ballot access fights. This despite having to fight corporate interests and entrenched party-first mentality. Thank each and every one of you.

28 thoughts on “Statement From Virgil Goode Facebook Page

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  2. PeterO

    If 110,000 is all the Constitution Party can get with its most credible candidate ever, in a year when the GOP nominee was suspect among conservatives, it’s hard to continue to view the CP as a “major minor party” on par with the LP and Greens.

  3. RedPhillips Post author

    I originally wrote statement from Virgil Goode but that didn’t sound right because the statement is in third person. That’s why I added campaign.

  4. James

    #2 I suspect Ballot Access really hurt them, given they were not able to get on the ballot in states like Kentucky, West Virginia, Kansas, Nebraska, or Arkansas, where I think he could have gotten quite a few additional votes. Not being able to gain access in Illinois or Pennsylvania also took their toll.

  5. Trent Hill

    They’ve never been on Illinois, I don’t think. But PA, CA, AK, KY, WV, KS, NB, AR–those all hurt.

  6. James

    #7 Could have sworn Baldwin managed to get on in ’08. Or rather it wasn’t challenged that time.

  7. Zapper

    @7 Tough for an American POTUS candidate to get on the ballot in NB – New Brunswick. Puerto Rico has voted to become a US State, but Canada hasn’t as of yet.

    I think you mean NE – Nebraska.

  8. paulie

    Yes, 2008 was not challenged and 2012 would have been the same except for Rob Sherman and Andy Finko, because apparently they thought that somehow Jill Stein would get more votes if Virgil Goode was not on the ballot.

  9. Kleptocracy And You

    er need to watch that zapper, may go postal on us at anytime ! Keep your powder dry when around zapper !

    I have to agree with #2, with Phillips’ age and health catching up to him doesn’t seem to be a figure to keep all these splinter groups together. No CA , TX or IL ballot access in the foreseeable future the CP is in a tailspin.

    “I pledge no allegiance to the flag of the Corporate States of America, or
    to the Kleptocracy which stole the land, and plunged our nation into debt,
    insurmountable, with questionable futures for all.”
    –Bruce Arnold, 19-Nov-2010
    Kleptocracy and You, How things really work!- http://ldrlongdistancerider.com/images/Kleptocracy_and_You.jpg

    Can someone please explain why we should believe he’s suddenly so darn electable now?: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/1/candidate-in-the-cross-hairs/

    Congrats, they called it in Dec., 2011 but the DIMWITS in the R Party are CLUELESS…..

    SEVEN {7} Reasons Why Mitt Romney’s Electability Is A Myth – http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2011/12/27/7_reasons_why_mitt_romneys_electability_is_a_myth/page/full/

  10. Trent Hill

    CP has never reliably had IL or TX. They’ve made both ballots once, maybe twice. Only CA has really been lost. PA too.

  11. Trent Hill

    I will say this: I don’t think the CP will ever get anywhere by remaining off the ballot in half of the major-population ballots. This year they missed: Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, and California.

    Being on in NY didn’t really make up for it, since it delivered only 6,000+ votes. Ohio, FL, CO, Virginia, Michigan, Tennessee–these are all great states to have, but they don’t mean much when you’ve missed out on all of the above. It’s so important for the CP to have a good ballot access plan for 2016 regardless of who the candidate is. I think Goode + better fundraising + better ballot access could be a recipe for a new record. Goode beat Baldwin (the record holder) in virtually every place where both were on the ballot.

    115k (prior to write-ins) is a pretty sad performance for the 3rd largest third party.

  12. NotGood@yahoo.com

    “It’s so important for the CP to have a good ballot access plan for 2016 regardless of who the candidate is. I think Goode + better fundraising + better ballot access could be a recipe for a new record. Goode beat Baldwin (the record holder) in virtually every place where both were on the ballot.”

    Goode is part of the problem and the Constitution Party should ditch him. Baldwin was a better candidate. Also, Baldwin had to contend with Ralph Nader being on the ballot in addition to Bob Barr and Cynthia McKinney. Goode just had Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.

    The Constitution Party does need to get a lot more serious about ballot access and running more effective campaigns if they ever want to get anywhere.

  13. Andy

    “Trent Hill // Nov 8, 2012 at 1:41 am

    They’ve never been on Illinois,”

    Chuck Baldwin was on the ballot in Illinois. He got on by luck because nobody challenged his signatures. In Illinois, you can get on the ballot if nobody challenges your signatures even if you don’t have enough signatures, which Chuck Baldwin did not.

  14. Trent Hill

    I know Andy, I corrected myself above and said they’ve never “reliably” been on there.

    “Baldwin was a better candidate.”

    No. Baldwin didnt campaign hardly at all. He made a few appearances in local areas. But he HATED flying or traveling. He also wasted a lot of money paying some “campaign staffers” who were brand new to the game and knew nothing about how to get votes or ballot access in the third party world (or any other world for that matter). Baldwin got 200k votes because Barr was so bad (which caused him to get the Paul endorsement)–that’s the only reason.

  15. paulie

    Baldwin didnt campaign hardly at all. He made a few appearances in local areas. But he HATED flying or traveling. He also wasted a lot of money paying some “campaign staffers” who were brand new to the game and knew nothing about how to get votes or ballot access in the third party world (or any other world for that matter).

    Castle made up for it.

    Baldwin got 200k votes because Barr was so bad (which caused him to get the Paul endorsement)–that’s the only reason.

    Baldwin was also much better than Goode on the issues and had cred because he campaigned for Ron Paul, and Clymer is much better at making ballot access happen than Goode.

    Castle and Clymer should run next time – either of them, or both.

  16. Cody Quirk

    At least Goode did better then Howard Phillips did back in 2000. FYI on #17- Chuck Baldwin is no longer in the CP.

  17. paulie

    At least Goode did better then Howard Phillips did back in 2000.

    Well, yeah. Pat Buchanan was running, and the USTP was originally created so he could run, but he chose to go Reform Party. Also, Bush-Gore was very close. So those two things were problems in 2000, but not so much in 2012.

    Chuck Baldwin is no longer in the CP.

    He was still better ideologically than Goode and more appealing to a larger number of Ron Paul supporters. Clymer or Castle would be even better if either of them will run next time.

  18. NewFederalist

    “The Constitution Party does need to get a lot more serious about ballot access and running more effective campaigns if they ever want to get anywhere.”

    That is very true but the same can be said for all minor parties. I don’t envy the CP since they seem to get the scraps from the GOP table. Unless the GOP can resurrect Ronald Reagan, the CP will always be underfunded and be too late to mount a serious threat from the right to the Republicans once their moderate to liberal nominee is known. If they can resurrect Ronald Reagan the CP has no reason to exist. I don’t see a win in there anyplace.

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