Guess what! Another Republican is running for president! Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore announced his 2016 Campaign on July 30, making him the 17th Republican running to be the next President of the United States!
Washington, D.C. isn’t that far from Virginia, so Jim Gilmore, 65, the state’s former governor, thinks he would be a perfect fit for the White House! Jim threw his hat into the very crowded ring of people running in the 2016 Presidential election, saying he wants to replace President Barack Obama when he leaves office.
While other candidates like Donald Trump and Rick Perry made their announcements with lavish displays in front of many supporters, Jim went the low-key route. Jim made his announcement in a July 30 YouTube video.
“I’m a candidate for president because our current Washington leadership is guiding America on a path to decline,” Jim said in the video. “And I can reverse that decline.” Jim then detailed his tenure as Governor and claimed he had the experience to be America’s next leader.
Jim’s announcement came after he let the cat out of the bag in a July 7 interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Jim told the paper that he’s running for the top US office, saying that he “bring[s] to the table experience that the others don’t have.” The former governor then filed paperwork on July 29, reports the BBC.
Jim was the governor of Virginia from 1998 too 2002. He’s also a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and later headed the Gilmore Commission, a panel that advised former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush on terrorism. Jim was also briefly a candidate in the 2008 Election, but dropped out in July 2007 due to the lack of funding. He attempted to become a U.S. Senator but he lost the 2008 race to Democrat Mark R. Warner.
2016 Presidential Election: The Most Number Of Candidates In History
It’s official! There are more people running in the 2016 election than ever before, reports Time. Jim brings the total number of Republican candidates up to a whopping 17! Unbelievable! Governors Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Chris Christie (New Jersey), John Kasich (Ohio) and Scott Walker (Wisconsin) announced their campaigns, as have former governors Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki and Rick Perry. Former senator Rick Santorum is in the race, as are current senators Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Dr. Ben Carson are also running.
On the opposite side of the political spectrum, there are only a handful of Democrats running for President. Senator Bernie Sanders is in, as are former governors Lincoln Chaffee and Martin O’Malley. Former senator Jim Webb is in the race. Oh, and Hillary Clinton is running too. If you don’t care for either side, Waka Flocka Flame is also running.
Who would you vote for, HollywoodLifers? Does Jim Gilmore get your vote?
— Jason Brow