|Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-VA) filed his election paperwork|
Wednesday and released his Presidential announcement video
Gilmore, who served as Virginia's governor from 1998 to 2002, was also a former attorney general of the state and a former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman. In his announcement video, Gilmore noted the large GOP field, saying "Some may ask, 'Why am I running?'" He went on to say, "I'm a candidate for president because our current Washington leadership is guiding America on a path to decline, and I can reverse that decline." He focused particularly on foreign policy in his announcement, attacking President Obama's foreign policy record.
Gilmore, 65, ran in the 2008 Presidential election but dropped out in July 2007 over lack of support. He then ran to succeed retiring Sen. John Warner (R-VA), running against former Gov. Mark Warner in the 2008 senate race, losing by a large margin in a particularly Democratic year.
Gilmore has often failed to register on most polls for the Republican nomination, which will exclude him from competing in the first GOP debate on August 6 on Fox News. He may be eligible for a forum on Fox News featuring lesser polling candidates such as Lindsey Graham and Carly Fiorina.
Gilmore faces fellow Republicans Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, John Kasich. He also faces former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson, often not considered a major contender but considered so by the RNC).
If he wins the nomination, he could face Democrats Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Lincoln Chafee, or Jim Webb.