Virgil Goode on Principles & Values
Constitution Party presidential nominee; former Republican Representative (VA-5)
GOODE: Stein is correct in so many areas. Not much difference between Obama, Romney and Bush. I'll give you a few specifics. Romney, Obama and Bush will do nothing to control the increasing number of green card holders admitted to the US every year. Troubled Asset Relief Program-- otherwise known as bailout for the big banks and Wall Street--Obama voted yes; Bush was the big pusher of that. Free trade--Obama, Romney and Bush, big promoters of that. I was a consistent opponent of CAFTA, NAFTA, and PNTR with China. In the area of education, you had Bush pushing No Child Left Behind and Obama going along with it afterwards. I voted no because I recognize the federal government should not be the controller and dictator of public education. That should be at the state & local level.
When I raise my hand to take the oath on Swearing In Day, I will have the Bible in my other hand. I do not subscribe to using the Koran in any way. The Muslim Representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens donít wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran.
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