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Jim Gilmore
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Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)

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Joe Biden
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Lincoln Chafee
(Governor Lincoln Chafee,RI)
Hillary Clinton
(Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,and NY Senator)
Martin O`Malley
(Governor Martin O`Malley,MD)
Bernie Sanders
(Vermont Senator)
Elizabeth Warren
(Senator,MA)
James Webb
(Former Senator,VA)

2016 Republican contenders:
Jeb Bush
(Former Florida Governor)
Ben Carson
(Tea Party favorite and M.D.)
Chris Christie
(New Jersey Governor)
Ted Cruz
(Texas Senator)
Carly Fiorina
(California CEO)
Jim Gilmore
(Former Virginia Governor)
Lindsey Graham
(South Carolina Senator)
Mike Huckabee
(Former Arkansas Governor)
Bobby Jindal
(Louisiana Governor)
John Kasich
(Former Ohio Governor)
Sarah Palin
(Former Alaska Governor)
George Pataki
(Former N.Y. Governor)
Rand Paul
(Kentucky Senator)
Rick Perry
(Texas Governor)
Marco Rubio
(Florida Senator)
Rick Santorum
(Former Pennsylvania Senator)
Donald Trump
(N.Y. CEO)
Scott Walker
(Wisconsin Governor)

2016 Third Party contenders:
Roseanne Barr
(Peace & Justice party, Hawaii)
Michael Bloomberg
(Independent NYC Mayor)
Gary Johnson
(Former New Mexico Governor, Libertarian Party)
Jill Stein
(Green Party, MA)

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Fox News/Facebook Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate

Virginia secondary Archives

South Carolina secondary Archives

The Test of our Times, by Gov. Tom Ridge

2008 VA Senate Debate between Jim Gilmore and Mark Warner, July 19th, 2008

2007 Republican primary debate at St. Anselm College, Manchester N.H., June 5, 2007

2007 Republican Primary Debate in Columbia, South Carolina, May 15, 2007, sponsored by Fox News

2007 GOP primary debate, at Ronald Reagan library in Simi Valley California

IAFF Presidential Forum in Washington DC

CNN Late Edition, throughout 2007

2001 Governor's State of the State speeches

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Jim Gilmore on Abortion
Click here for 6 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • The only litmus test for Supreme Court is to follow the law. (Aug 2015)
  • Abortion before 8 weeks not OK, but shouldn’t be prohibited. (May 2007)
  • Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided; good day when repealed. (May 2007)
  • Right to abortion in the first 8 to 12 weeks of pregnancy. (May 2007)
  • Embryonic stem cell research experiments with people. (May 2007)
  • Informed consent and 24-hour waiting period. (Jan 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Budget & Economy
Click here for 6 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • More banking oversight, even if it means bigger government. (Sep 2008)
  • I delivered a balanced budget; no deficit when I ended term. (Sep 2008)
  • Virginia is booming; unemployment at record lows. (Jan 2001)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Protect local milk supplies with Southern Dairy Compact. (Sep 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Civil Rights
Click here for 3 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Rated “F” by National Review on pro-gay issues. (Jan 2007)
  • Never allow terrorists limit our commitment to liberty. (Mar 2006)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Corporations
Click here for the full quote on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Washington “asleep at the switch” at financial oversight. (Sep 2008)
Jim Gilmore on Crime
Click here for 7 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Reformed the juvenile justice system as attorney general. (Sep 2008)
  • Endorsed by four County sheriffs. (Sep 2008)
  • Declined to intervene in execution of Bobby Lee Ramdass. (Oct 2000)
  • Executed foreign national despite international protests. (Sep 2000)
  • Three strikes eligibility no grounds for stay of execution. (Jul 2000)
  • Death penalty sets standard to not tolerate ghastly murders. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Drugs
Click here for 3 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Provided more substance abuse treatment for drug offenders. (Sep 2008)
  • Illegal drugs are not an acceptable part of our society. (Jan 2001)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Jim Gilmore on Education
Click here for 8 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Claims Warner said home-schooling threatens America. (Sep 2008)
  • Begin an honest conversation about college costs. (Apr 2007)
  • College scholarships for every qualified needy student. (Jan 2001)
  • Expand Algebra Readiness Initiative; hire more teachers. (Jan 2001)
  • Raise teacher pay with local funds. (Jan 2001)
  • More support for traditional African-American universities. (Jul 2000)
  • Moment of silence does not infringe on students’ rights. (Feb 2000)
  • Calls for a voucher plan in Virginia schools. (Jul 1999)
Jim Gilmore on Energy & Oil
Click here for 13 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Favors drilling ANWR and also drilling offshore. (Sep 2008)
  • US should seek alternative fuels but still drill for oil. (Jul 2008)
  • US greatest energy resource is coal. (Jul 2008)
  • Warner promised no offshore drilling, and now supports it. (Jul 2008)
  • Reinvest Big Oil profit in additional drilling & exploration. (Jun 2007)
  • Kyoto Treaty fatally flawed by transferring money to Russia. (Jun 2007)
  • Nuclear power for energy independence. (Jun 2007)
  • Energy independence nuclear, additional drilling & biomass. (Mar 2007)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • More funding to develop domestic energy supplies. (Sep 2001)
  • Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input. (Sep 2001)
  • Share offshore oil development revenue with states. (Sep 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Environment
Click here for 5 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Extend “Virginia Naturally”: empower people with knowledge. (Jan 2001)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports national drought policy, focusing on readiness. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain water flow in Mississippi & Missouri Rivers. (Feb 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Families & Children
Click here for 2 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Foreign Policy
Click here for 3 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • I have experience in domestic policy AND foreign policy. (Aug 2015)
  • Pursue terrorists into Pakistan, but maintain secrecy. (Sep 2008)
  • Let the world know that we have their interests at heart. (Apr 2007)
Jim Gilmore on Free Trade
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  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Government Reform
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  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Gun Control
Click here for 2 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Supporter of 2nd Amendment rights; Americans can be trusted. (Apr 2007)
  • More gun convictions means less violent crime. (Jan 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Health Care
Click here for 2 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • $25M more for medical care for most vulnerable citizens. (Jan 2001)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Homeland Security
Click here for 9 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • There will be further terror attacks; prepare for a long war. (Aug 2015)
  • Pre-9-11, Congress sensed terrorism was a rising threat. (Sep 2009)
  • Fighting terrorism too important for partisan politics. (Mar 2006)
  • Was Governor of Virginia during 9/11 Pentagon attack. (Mar 2006)
  • Chaired commission on Terrorism Involving WMD. (Dec 2003)
  • There will never be a 100% guarantee of security. (Dec 2003)
  • Get homeland security money into hands of local governments. (Mar 2003)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Immigration
Click here for 6 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Allowing illegal immigration makes contempt for rule of law. (Aug 2015)
  • Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • No amnesty for illegals; control the border. (Apr 2007)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Jobs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Oppose making it easier to organize labor unions. (Sep 2008)
  • Warner’s police endorsements come from unionization promise. (Sep 2008)
  • More R&D & tax incentives for small farmers. (Sep 2001)
  • Repeal the federal unemployment "temporary surtax". (Feb 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Principles & Values
Click here for 9 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Will be conservative voice in Democratic-controlled Congress. (Sep 2008)
  • Warner is ducking debates; doesn’t want his positions known. (Sep 2008)
  • Rudy McRomney is not a conservative and knows it. (May 2007)
  • GOP dissatisfied because Rudy McRomney isn’t conservative. (May 2007)
  • I keep my word & I am a consistent conservative. (Apr 2007)
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Social Security
Click here for 3 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Cap entitlements & create a culture of independence. (May 2007)
  • Praises Bush leadership on Social Security reform. (Jul 2000)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Jim Gilmore on Tax Reform
Click here for 12 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Income tax 25%; business tax 15%; death tax 0%. (Aug 2015)
  • Signature achievement: effort to eliminate Virginia car tax. (Sep 2008)
  • In times of economic stress, don’t raise taxes. (Sep 2008)
  • Warner raised taxes without fully informing us about revenue. (Jul 2008)
  • Bush did the right thing with cutting taxes. (May 2007)
  • Alternative minimum tax drives people into higher brackets. (May 2007)
  • Control spending, or higher taxes are certain. (Apr 2007)
  • Studied FairTax & flat tax, but still undecided on approach. (Apr 2007)
  • Holding the line on taxes is best for regular people. (Apr 2007)
  • Always followed a program of reducing taxes where possible. (Mar 2003)
  • End the Car Tax. (Jan 2001)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
Jim Gilmore on Technology
Click here for 3 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Youth are especially aware of electoral effect of Internet. (Apr 2007)
  • We should “think new”, like Founding Fathers did. (Jan 2001)
  • Permanent R&D tax incentive & more R&D funding. (Sep 2001)
Jim Gilmore on War & Peace
Click here for 12 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Create a Middle East NATO to fight both Iran and ISIL. (Aug 2015)
  • Any kind of timetable in Iraq is not responsible. (Sep 2008)
  • No timeline for withdrawal from Iraq. (Sep 2008)
  • Senators should have read NIE before war vote. (Jun 2007)
  • Mandatory sanctions against nuclear Iran & possible strike. (May 2007)
  • President was wrong to stand pat as long as he did. (May 2007)
  • Fight war on terror like Cold War: on moral high ground. (May 2007)
  • No pullout on a date certain; support the surge. (Mar 2007)
  • No troop increase without mission; but no timetable. (Dec 2006)
  • Bush’s steadfastness in Iraq is leadership in crisis. (Nov 2005)
  • UN supported US before war; let’s move beyond pre-war debate. (Nov 2005)
  • Iraq does not deplete localities of responders. (Mar 2003)
Jim Gilmore on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 5 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Grow economy so people have better opportunity than welfare. (Aug 2015)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
The only litmus test for Supreme Court is to follow the law: Favors topic 1
Abortion before 8 weeks not OK, but shouldn’t be prohibited: Favors topic 1
Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided; good day when repealed: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Right to abortion in the first 8 to 12 weeks of pregnancy: Strongly Favors topic 1
Informed consent and 24-hour waiting period: Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
More support for traditional African-American universities: Favors topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated “F” by National Review on pro-gay issues: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Moment of silence does not infringe on students’ rights: Strongly Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
$25M more for medical care for most vulnerable citizens: Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Cap entitlements & create a culture of independence: Strongly Favors topic 6
Praises Bush leadership on Social Security reform: Favors topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Claims Warner said home-schooling threatens America: Strongly Favors topic 7
Calls for a voucher plan in Virginia schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(-3 points on Social scale)
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Declined to intervene in execution of Bobby Lee Ramdass: Favors topic 9
Executed foreign national despite international protests: Strongly Favors topic 9
Three strikes eligibility no grounds for stay of execution: Favors topic 9
Death penalty sets standard to not tolerate ghastly murders: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Supporter of 2nd Amendment rights; Americans can be trusted: Strongly Favors topic 10
More gun convictions means less violent crime: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Bush did the right thing with cutting taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Control spending, or higher taxes are certain: Opposes topic 11
Always followed a program of reducing taxes where possible: Strongly Opposes topic 11
End the Car Tax: Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Allowing illegal immigration makes contempt for rule of law: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No amnesty for illegals; control the border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Import farm workers from Mexico: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
UN supported US before war; let’s move beyond pre-war debate: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
There will never be a 100% guarantee of security: Strongly Favors topic 15
Get homeland security money into hands of local governments: Strongly Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
Create a Middle East NATO to fight both Iran and ISIL: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Any kind of timetable in Iraq is not responsible: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No timeline for withdrawal from Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No troop increase without mission; but no timetable: Opposes topic 17
Bush’s steadfastness in Iraq is leadership in crisis: Strongly Opposes topic 17
UN supported US before war; let’s move beyond pre-war debate: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq does not deplete localities of responders: Opposes topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
US should seek alternative fuels but still drill for oil: Opposes topic 18
US greatest energy resource is coal: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Extend “Virginia Naturally”: empower people with knowledge: Favors topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
More funding to develop domestic energy supplies: Opposes topic 18
Share offshore oil development revenue with states: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Provided more substance abuse treatment for drug offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Illegal drugs are not an acceptable part of our society: Strongly Favors topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
More banking oversight, even if it means bigger government: Strongly Favors topic 20
In times of economic stress, don’t raise taxes: Opposes topic 20

Jim Gilmore is a Populist-Leaning Conservative.
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