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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Gilchrist for President?

Crossposted from Stop the ACLU:

Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the Minuteman Project, is considering a run for president in 2008 with the Constitution Party.

Gilchrist has just returned from Florida where he met with the party's national committee.

Chairman James Clymer told WorldNetDaily the party was excited about the possibility of Gilchrist as its marquis candidate.

"Yes, indeed we are interested," Clymer said. "Gilchrist spoke to us last weekend in Tampa and our people asked Jim then if he would be the candidate. We think it would be wonderful if Jim Gilchrist would seriously consider being our presidential candidate."

Gilchrist told WND the only candidate he would support as the Republican Party presidential nominee in 2008 was Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.

"If John McCain enters the race for president," Gilchrist said. "I will definitely run. John McCain should have forfeited his right to run for President on the Republican Party the moment he put his name on immigration legislation with Sen. Ted Kennedy."

Gilchrist and the Constitution Party both agree on the need to secure our southern border with Mexico. Commenting on the street demonstrations planned on May 1, Gilchrist said they are nothing more than "a declaration that we are no longer a nation governed by the rule of law, but that we are being ruled by mob rule."

Asked whether he felt President Bush's "guest worker" program or the administration's "pathway to citizenship" were reasonable compromises, Gilchrist reacted sharply: "The Republican Party is going to pay a huge price for pandering to what they think is going to be an illegal-alien vote and for their reckless disregard for the rule of law. The Republican Party has sold out our sovereignty."

Gilchrist told WND that he thought his third party candidacy could be viable, noting "the country is ready for a third party candidate, just like the country was ready for Ross Perot in 1996."

Gilchrist was harshly critical of Bush's leadership on the immigration issue.

"The president should resign," Gilchrist asserted. "The Congress should begin impeachment proceedings if President Bush will not resign. President Bush has shown he is incompetent to handle his job. It amounts to dereliction of duty that President Bush has left our border with Mexico wide open while supposedly he is fighting a war on terror."
Read the whole thing.

Quite interesting. With fence riding "maverick" RINO contenders tossing the First Amendment out the window , and many Conservatives sick of the Republican party pandering on the important issue of border control, it just might be time for a third party to make an impact. Regardless of whether one could actually win, it would add relevent issues to the debate are desperately needed. The Minutemen are stepping up to do the job our government is failing to do. When the people are loud and clear with their voice to the government, and the government doesn't respond, they just might want to elect someone that does listen.

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