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Live Chat Transcript With Presidential Candidate Jim Gilmore - Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Comment:

from Moderator

The live chat with Governor Jim Gilmore will begin at 9pm (ET). Questions can be submitted throughout the day.

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from Moderator

Thank you for joining tonight's live blogchat with Gov. Gilmore. The Governor is now at the computer and will begin answering questions. Due to time constraints and the volume of questions received, we may not be able to get to your question.

Question:

submitted by AmerPundit.com

Mr. Governor, How do you respond to the announcement by House Democrats, that they'll attempt to change House rules, in order to pass tax hikes, without a vote?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

I'm glad to be here tonight with my fellow bloggers and citizens to answer questions about the future of the country. To begin, I oppose the Democrats' chaning House rules in order to pass tax hikes. In fact, the backbone of my political life has been in cutting taxes. When I ran for Governor of Virginia I ran on an anti-tax program. After I was elected, I carried through, kept my word, and year after year reduced taxes on behalf of the people of Virginia. Therefore, I would oppose the Democrats' attempt to raise taxes with or without a vote.

Comment:

from Bill in CA

We're rooting for you in CA, Governor Gilmore!

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from Gilmore Campaign

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Comment:

from Scott

Jim Gilmore is the only true conservative in the race.

Question:

submitted by Wendell

What do you think is the federal government's place in educating our children, and how would you deal with the growing discrepancy in education quality between urban and suburban students?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

As a former Governor, I believe the primary duty of education rests with the states. I also believe that to empower people, they must have a good opportunity for education. It's not just the courses now offered. We have to teach a culture of independence and entrepreneurship. As Governor, I was a supporter of public education, but I also supported other alternatives. I supported home schoolers. I was the author of Virginia's first charter school law, and even supported private school choices. The President can emphasize education, and I will do so as part of a conservative program of empowerment.

Comment:

from Ed

Hello Governor: Excellent answers in last night debate.

Comment:

from Michael

I heard you on Michael Reagan a few days ago, I really felt strongly about your positions on America, I salute you sir. I will do all I can to help spread you popularity and you message

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from Gilmore Campaign

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Comment:

from John G

Thank God for Governor Gilmore, now the true conservatives have a voice in this race!

Comment:

from SoCon

The nation needs your national security expertise in the oval office.

Question:

submitted by DCA

Governor Gilmore - Great job last night! It is about time that the hypocrisy of your opponents is exposed. If you had been given the chance, what would you have said to Ron Paul concerning his "it's our fault" comment?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

Last night at the debate, I certainly was not trying to be disrepectful of my opponents. However, I believe the American people should be informed as to the records of each candidate. The press and moderators could not be counted on to expose any record. Candidates should not be able to simply assert that they are conservatives even though their records are not conservative at all. Regarding the War on Terror, I certainly don't believe "it's our fault." I was the Governor of Virginia during the 9/11 attack and I lost a friend, Barbara Olson on the Pentagon plane. I believe we must be relentless in combating these fundamentalist terrorists. We cannot reason with them. I do believe we can more strongly assert the moral righteousness of America and gain more friends and allies across the world. We must draw the people of the world to America by letting them know, like in the Cold War, that we have liberty and well-being for the world at heart.

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from Gilmore Campaign

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from SoCon

The nation needs your national security expertise in the oval office.

Question:

submitted by Joe

Do you support the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution? Is your position a new position like Romney or is this something you have thought about?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

I support the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution and all the other amendments in the Bill of Rights also. I am a member of the national board of the National Rifle Association. I have been a consistent gun rights advocate my entire life. This is based upon the fundamental belief that Americans can be trusted and have the responsibility to exercise their rights under the Constitution. Liberals do not trust regular people. Supporters of the 2nd Amendment do trust the American people.

Comment:

from MikeB

<b>Go Gilmore!</b>

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from Ray

U have my vote!stay real...

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from Kelly K.

I was not old enough yet to vote for you when you became Governor, but I was just old enough to have a car and I remember the tax reductions-Missing those days...

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from Gilmore Campaign

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Question:

submitted by Michelle McDonald

Governor Gilmore, I watched the debate last night and had hoped to hear more about the Fair Tax, especially since there was a huge fair tax rally going on in the same town at the same time as the debate. However, only Gov. Huckabee even mentioned it. What is your stance on the Fair Tax?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

I support tax simplification. I am frustrated with the tax system that seeks to direct peoples' conduct through the tax code. My primary focus is now and has been controlling government spending to enable tax cuts for regular people. When people get to keep more of their own money they are empowered to determine their own lives. The Fair Tax is a consumption tax meant to replace all other taxes. Before adopting the Fair Tax, we must ensure that the Fair Tax doesn't become a mere add-on to other taxes. If you have any hope of tax simplification and reduction, you must choose a candidate with a clear track record of cutting taxes, not simply raising taxes every time a demand is placed upon a state or a local government. I ask you to look at the record of each person claiming to be a tax cutter, and then I believe you will support me.

Comment:

from John G

The nation needs a true conservative to lead us into the next decade- America needs Jim Gilmore as our next Commander and Chief !!!!

Comment:

from Jeff R.

Governor, I support you in South Carolina

Question:

submitted by Mary

Governor Gilmore, Where do you stand on property rights?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

Mary, I am a strong supporter of property rights. I don't think it's right for a government to be able to come in and take property solely to increase the tax value of that property. As such, I oppose the Kelo v. New London decision. The certainty of being able to own and pass down your own property is an element of American liberty. Naturally, we take property all the time under the Constitution with just compensation, but we should not enable governments to take property on the basis of simply trying to get more revenue.

Comment:

from bob

cool

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from Gilmore Campaign

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Comment:

from Michael

Governor Gilmore I will get out the vote for you in Texas

Question:

submitted by Ralph

MyGilmore looks really cool! Do you plan on adding more features?

Answer:

from Gilmore Campaign

We are constantly adding new features to MyGilmore and the website. Stay tuned to the website we are getting ready to unveil several new features.

Question:

submitted by AJ

Hello Governor. What must we do as a country to become safer and better prepared for a terrorist attack?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

I chaired the National Commission on Terrorism and Homeland Security for the United States government from 1999 through 2003. Those reports can be found on the Rand Corporation webpage (www.rand.org). When their webpage comes up, type "Gilmore Commission" into the search window and you can see the reports. This country has the best chance to survive and handle a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, preserving our liberties, if we create a complete community of preparedness. We have to have a total partnership between federal, state and local authorities, the corporat community and community leadership. We have to have a 72-hour response plan everywhere in America so that everyone knows their role in the event of an attack. Once we are prepared, we can say to the American people that any attack is something we can deal with. Thsi will reduce the danger that we will overreact and take away liberties in the face of a terrorist attack.

Comment:

from Randy

Keep up the good work Gov. Gilmore. Yoou have my support in Colorado.

Question:

submitted by Bill in Louisiana

For the moderator: Can I assume that you'll post a log of this chat on the website for us to reference in the future? Please consider that option. Thanks!

Answer:

from Gilmore Campaign

We will have a transcript available on the campaign blog in a few hours.

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from Gilmore Campaign

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Comment:

from David

Fantastic job last night. I've had enough of those Republicans in Name Only!!

Question:

submitted by Lisa

Governor Gilmore, Please clarify your stance on abortion. Do you believe that abortion is wrong and why? Do you believe that an infant in the womb is a human person from conception? Why do you believe women should retain the right to abort their kids till 12 weeks?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

Lisa, my convictions on abortion are deeply felt and have never changed. I have always said the same thing, and I shouldn't change now just to win additional votes. I believe that after a period of about 8 weeks (not 12 weeks) there shouldn't be any more abortions, except to save the life of the mother if she is in danger during childbirth. I am pro-life, and I believe I have the best record of any candidate in this race. During my time as Governor, we passed a 24-hour waiting period, informed consent, parental notification, and I signed the partial birth abortion ban. I intervened in a case similar to the Schiavo case, just to be sure that justice was being done to the injured person. Sadly, that became a political football with much misleading information and attacks on me in the press. I also authored Virginia's anti-cloning bill because I was concerned that technology and medicine was outrunning ethics.

Comment:

from Michael

I have joined your campagne team in Texas and created a MYGILMORE for Southeast Texas

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from Gilmore Campaign

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from Gilmore Campaign

An additional transcript will be available at will be availbable at www.gilmoreforpresident.com/chat.php?mode=transcript&id=2

Comment:

from james white

Governor, I want to get working for you down here in Texas

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from Gilmore Campaign

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Comment:

from Kent

We need tax cutters in government. We need Jim Gilmore

Question:

submitted by Peter

Governor, How do you think our government needs to respond to the threat from Iran?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

I answered this question in the debate last night. I would like to join with the nations of the world in a clear statement that Iran should not have nuclear weapons. This should result in serious sanctions that express the international opinion regarding this issue. The burden is on Iran to demosntrate that they are a responsible member of the community of nations and can responsibly have such power. This they have not done. If international pressur e does not work, we must from the beginning of the next presidential administration begin to have a national conversation with the American people regarding this threat. We must rally the American people behind any tough action that Iran may force the international community to take to disable or eliminate a nuclear weapons program. As part of that debate, we should think about the reaction in the Middle East itself to Iran getting nuclear weapons. Would that result in Saudi Arabia seeking a nuclear weapon? Wheere would Saudi Arabia get such a weapon? From Pakistan? What effect would this have on the Israelis or Turkey? We simply have to explain to the American people the danger of nuclear proliferation in such an unstable area as the Middle East.

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from Gilmore Campaign

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Comment:

from Bill in Louisiana

I'm still looking at the candidates, but Mr. Gilmore has the best combination of consistent conservative positions, experience outside government, military experience, and experience in an executive office. If he is nominated, I will be proud to support him.

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from Gilmore Campaign

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from Gilmore Campaign

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Question:

submitted by Lanny

Personally I believe we should close our borders, North and South by force if necessary. For those who have disregarded our laws? Enforce them as you would if I don't pay my taxes, which is another sore issue. What will you do about immigration?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

Lanny, regarding immigration, I believe the American people are angry because they are expected to obey the law, and we seem to imply that people who enter the United States illegally should just receive an amnesty. I believe the right policy is to secure our borders, be tough on employers who hire illegal aliens, have no amnesty, and no path to citizenship. It is a tough question on how to deal with the shadowy 12 million illegal immigratns who are already here. This is the result of ignoring this issue for so long. I believe we must offer a period of time for illegal immigrants to come in and register or they will have to be returned home. We can have an immigration reform up the road, but we have not yet had a decent policy discussion on what kind of immigration America needs to run our economy. Finally, there are reports that Hezbollah has developed a training camp in South America. Unsecure borders is not just an immigration issue, but a national security issue. As former chairman of the "Gilmore Commission," I began to issue this warning as early as 1999.

Comment:

from Derek L.

Gilmore in 2008!

Comment:

from Todd

Gov. Gilmore, I applaud your bravery to stand up to the liberals in the Republican party.

Question:

submitted by John G from Ohio

Can you please tell me how you would secure our border with Mexico ? And will you support deporting all illegal aliens ? Thank you and I can not wait until you are in the White House restoring conservative goverment in America.

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

John G: thanks for your support. I gave most of this answer to a previous question. I have a great deal of experience with the systems and technology that can secure our border because of my work in homeland security. Additional personnel, combined with aerial and other surveillance, sensors, rapid response, and comprehensive systems hold out promise that we can secure the northern and southern borders, although the terrain and distances make it very difficult.

Question:

submitted by Robert

Can you explain what you did on the Gilmore Commission?

Answer:

from Gilmore Campaign

Robert, please visit www.ncorp.org. It has an analysis of what Governor Gilmore did on the Gilmore Commission. If you need further information please send an email to info@gilmoreforpresident.com

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from Gilmore Campaign

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Comment:

from Ray

u r our next president!!! we will do our part up in colorado..

Question:

submitted by John G

Where can I get a Jim Gilmore for President Bumper Sticker ??

Answer:

from Gilmore Campaign

Contact our headquarters at info@gilmoreforpresident.com. We will get one sent out to you.

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from Gilmore Campaign

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Question:

submitted by Anonymous

In the debate last night you were asked about the role of women and minorities in the Republican Party. More importantly, can you elaborate on the efforts you made to broaden the role of women and minorities in public service during your time as Governor?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

First, you have to win trust and I think I did this as Governor and before as Attorney General. As Attorney General, I led other AGs from across the South to stop the burning of African-American churches. As Governor, I gave extra support to the traditional African-American universities, which were not receiving equal treatment in my view. My cabinet included two women and two African-Americans, all highly capable people. Capable women were included throughout the agencies. As Attorney General, I worked with dozens of women attorneys. It was a great experience. As Commonwealth's Attorney, my first attorney hired was a woman, who is today a judge. As Governor, I had the opportunity to appoint to judges, one of whom was black, and the other was a woman, both of whom still serve today with distinction. As chairman of the Republican National Committee, I appointed a hispanic member to the executive committee of the RNC. A second appointment to the executive committee was a distinguished African-American, Michael Steele, who later became Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. Any public leader must appoint excellent people and they can be found from all groups.

Question:

submitted by Erik

Have you ever read 1984, Fahrenheit 451, or Brave New World?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

I consider 1984 to be one of the great works of conservatism. I have not read Fahrenheit 451 or Brave New World, but I saw the movies. I also recommend "Blade Runner" and "Minority Report."

Comment:

from Gilmore Campaign

Demand Jim Gilmore in your state!

Comment:

from Anonymous

Georgia for Gilmore!

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from Ron

Gilmore for President in 08!

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from Gilmore Campaign

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Question:

submitted by Travis

When will you be coming back to Iowa?

Answer:

from Gilmore Campaign

We will be back to Iowa soon. Email the campaign at info@gilmoreforpresident.com and we will connect you with our Iowa director.

Question:

submitted by Tom Beaudrie

Sir, you served with my father, John Beaudrie in Germany. Being in the military myself, my question for you is, As our Commander in Chief, how would you handle our current situation in Iraq as far as, should we stay or should we withdrawal our forces?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

I remember your father very well. He and I went out one afternoon and fired a .45 automatic for pistol training. I think we didn't use earplugs. Please give your father my very best and I hope that he will call the campaign office and say hello. I bring the experience of a veteran to foreign policy issues. I know what soldiers go through. It would be so easy just to pull our troops out as the Democrats suggest, but we have to face the fact that the risk is extremely high, that major conflict would occur with potential intervention from other countries, igniting a major war. This would be very dangerous to our country. I therefore reject the Democrats' timetable for withdrawl. The Democrats are not acting in America's national interest. However, we "stood pat" too long, and I believe that was the message of the last election. We have to apply every resource and method to try to bring stability to this country we have disrupted. Otherwise, we'll be right back where we started.

Comment:

from Gilmore Campaign

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Question:

submitted by Red

What did you major in at the University of Virginia?

Answer:

from Jim Gilmore

Red, I majored in foreign affairs at UVA. I specialized in Russian studies, but took courses in every area of the world, including economics courses. This is why I have spent my life developing expertise in international relations. This is why I accepted the request from the United States Government to chair the National Commission on Terrorism and Homeland Security. We've been blogging now for an hour, and I have to go. We stil lhave dozens of questions we can't get to. I sincerely appreciate people coming online to talk with me. I ask for your support. Please send us your email addresses and those of all your friends who might support us. Your financial contributions at any level are greatly appreciated. You can donate through the website. Thanks again, Jim Gilmore.

Comment:

from Gilmore Campaign

Governor Gilmore has left the chat. Please email your questions to info@gilmoreforpresident.com and we will get back to you. Thanks for joining us.

Comment:

from Gilmore Campaign

Governor Gilmore's statement on Rev. Falwell. In the passing of Rev. Jerry Falwell, we have lost someone who brought inspiration and faith to millions of people around the world. Dr. Falwell was a valued supporter of mine for many years and I was an admirer of his good works. The educational institution he founded, Liberty University, has become a major employer in Virginia and is well regarded by educators from throughout the country. Not only did he inspire people in Virginia and America with his faith based efforts to improve and lift up the lives of our citizens, he also has helped people throughout the world with his mission work. We will miss him.

Comment:

from Moderator

Thank you for joining us tonight. This concludes our live blogchat. Please check back at GilmoreForPresident.com for future online events.

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