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Gilmore served in the U.S. Army as a counterintelligence agent in Germany during the early 1970s. He later was elected to public office as a County Prosecutor, as the Attorney General of Virginia, and as Governor of Virginia from 1998-2002, when he term limited out of office. During his term he chaired the Congressional Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, where he opposed taxation of the internet. From 1999-2003, he chaired a Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Capabilities for Terrorism involving WMDs, nicknamed the Gilmore Commission. Its reports have been adopted by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. From 2001-2002, Jim Gilmore was the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He ran for the Republican nomination in 2008, but dropped out to focus on a 2008 Senate campaign in Virginia, which he lost to current Senator Mark Warner. Gilmore is also on the Board of Directors for the National Rifle Association and a political commentator for Fox News. He announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination in late July 2015 via an online video 

On the Issues

AAI tracks statements, non-statements, and the track records of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most. Click on an issue to read what Jim Gilmore has said on the campaign trail.

 

Foreign Policy     

Domestic Policy

   

U.S. Role in the Middle East 

Voting Rights 

 

U.S. Response to ISIL

Civil Rights + Civil Liberties


 

 

Syria 

Surveillance


 

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Israel/Palestine 

Community Policing

 

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Lebanon

Bigoted Speech

 

Iran Negotiations 

Immigration Reform

Key Advisors

None announced.

SuperPAC Support: Growth PAC

Statements 

The U.S. Role in the Middle East

“We have to send a decisive message here that people who attack Americans and attack American interests will be retaliated against,” (August 2014, Newsmax)

“[T]he need now is to define our strategic goals in the Middle East. Those goals are to prevent the expansion of a new Persian empire that threatens its neighbors, and the destruction for the barbaric state known as ISIS. I propose a new military alliance of Middle Eastern states to achieve those goals.” (July 2015, Growth PAC)

"As President, I would work to create a new mutual security alliance to protect the members of the alliance, to resist a religious war, to eliminate ISIS, and to move the Middle East closer to democracy and away from theological autocracies." (July 2015, Growth PAC)

“I think the sequester has to come off the defense budget. I have proposed that there be a new NATO in the Middle East.” (August 2015, Fox News)

U.S. Response to ISIL

“It is Iran that’s the expansionist power. ISIL is trying to create themselves into a new state. Our job has to be to recognize the conflict between the two. I have proposed there be a Middle East NATO so that we can combine our allies there to stand up to Iranian expansion, and at the same time join together to begin to stop and this ISIL thing before it becomes an actual state.” (August 2015, Fox News Debate)

Syria

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Israel/Palestine

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Lebanon

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Iran Nuclear Deal 

“With respect to Iran, I think that there is no choice at this point other than to join up with people across the world in order put on serious mandatory sanctions against Iran and to do something that is going to be necessary to try to bring them to the notion that it is better for them to give up this sort of plan rather than to proceed the way we are.” (May 2007, Republican Debate 2007)

“America’s foreign policy is in disarray. By readying an agreement with Iran on the future of its nuclear weapons program, the president is pursuing a policy that could readily and comprehensively destabilize the Middle East or, worse still, give Iran a clear path to nuclear dominance of the entire region.”(April 2015, Washington Times)

“If I was President, I would not have entered into the agreement with Iran that lifts the sanctions, allows for new arms to flow to Iran and does not stop Iranian support for terrorism across the Middle East and indeed the world.” (July 2015, Growth PAC)

"The Iran agreement is not a step towards our strategic goals, but now we have to create new institutions with American leadership to provide stability in the Middle East."(July 2015, Growth Pac)

Voting Rights

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Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

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Surveillance

“What I have asserted is that we have a technological advantage in the ongoing war against the terrorists and against these kinds of organizations, and that is the ability to reach in and find out who they’re talking to, who their connections are, and make sure that we can map all of that and do something to protect the people of the United States,” (August 2014, Newsmax)

“We can make it clear to the American people that we care about their privacy, we care about their liberty, but we also are not going to give away our advantages in the war ahead.” (August 2014, Newsmax)

“[W]e need to use the benefit of our law enforcement people across this country, combined with our intelligence people across this country. We need to use our technological advantages, because what we’ve warned of is an international guerrilla movement that threatens this country.” (August 2015, Fox News Debate 2015)

Community Policing

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Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use

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Immigration Reform

“[A]nd I think that really the correct policy needs to be to address this crisis on the southern border. To address the way that the American statutes are encouraging this crisis if we have a statute in place that gives an amnesty to kids that are already here, that’s fine but the consequences are now we see more kids coming in and there are tens of millions of people below the Mexican border that would love to have their kids here and taken care of, so I think that begs the real question, what is going to be the policy [of the] United States with respect [to] immigration and our southern border. (August 2014, Newsmax Interview)

“The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was written after the Civil War to make it very clear that every person born in this country has a right to citizenship. It is an important principle that has stood the test of time and to attempt to repeal it now would set our nation back.” (August 2015, MSNBC)

"Trump, Paul, Walker, others who support ending birthright citizenship are wrong!" (August 2015, @gov_gilmore)