Jim Gilmore on Principles & Values
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
GILMORE: I disagree with Carly when she says that it's just a political class in Washington. The truth is that the country has changed. And there are powerful forces at this point that are really controlling our lives. And that's why people are so angry. One of those is government, which is regulating everything through the Environmental Protection Agency, through other places. But the biggest one is the organized establishment media. This media across the country is manipulating and shaping and framing this campaign and has been for at least a year now in order to get the kind of choices that people are going to have an opportunity to see. This is wrong. It has to change. And when I'm president, it's going to change.
They agreed that voters have a clear choice when it comes to personality and leadership styles. Gilmore said he would be a conservative voice in the Democratic-controlled Congress.
Warner argued that he has the experience to end years of partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and that Virginia voters are ready to embrace his philosophy of seeking common ground.
GILMORE: Actually I thought it was a pretty good line. It got a lot of attention around the country. Rudy Giuliani has said that he is against federal funding of abortions, but is in favor of federal financing of abortions But then on the other hand, he said in the last debate he was against the Hyde Amendment. Gov. Huckabee says that he in fact is a tax-cutter and would cut taxes and support these programs. But at the same time, in his own state he was a dramatic tax-increaser. On health care, Gov. Romney has said in the last debate that this was a privately sanctioned type of program for health care, when in fact, there’s mandatory requirement for participation in that, and that’s certainly government.
A: Well, the public hasn’t been afforded yet an opportunity to look at any candidates except the three high profile candidates.
Q: You are referring to John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney?
Q: Certainly. And so, if you just look at that, I can understand why the poll would say that type of thing. But the fact is, there are other candidates in the race. And I think I have a right and obligation to put forward my ideas as a mainstream Reagan conservative.
Q: You caused a stir with a clever line about “Rudy McRomney.” You’re suggesting all three of these front-runners are really not true conservatives.
A: Well, I think that’s correct. Giuliani doesn’t even claim to be a conservative, really. John McCain’s reputation has been made more as a maverick, not as a conservative. Mitt Romney’s record is what it is. It’s all on videotape.
A: I have a long record of public service. And I keep my word. I am a consistent conservative who carries through on principle, instead of just saying things to get elected.
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