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Constitution Party candidate: No difference between Romney, Obama

Virgil Goode, the Constitution Party candidate for president, is critical of many of Mitt Romney's policies. (Source: Virgil Goode) Virgil Goode, the Constitution Party candidate for president, is critical of many of Mitt Romney's policies. (Source: Virgil Goode)

(RNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been accused of being either too conservative or too moderate during his run for the presidency. The mixed messages have caused critics to complain a "true conservative" is not running in this race.

Virgil Goode, the controversial former Virginia congressman running on the Constitution Party ticket, would beg to differ - and he hopes to make his case during the Third Party Debate on Tuesday.

Goode conveys a message of social conservatism mixed with economic protectionism, but he has no chance of winning the presidency (he is on the ballot in only 28 states).

However, Goode could have a major impact in the race by sifting votes from Romney in Virginia, a hotly contested battleground state that went to Obama in 2008.

According to Goode, it doesn't matter if he tilts Virginia in favor of Obama because there isn't any difference between the two major candidates.

"They both take millions of dollars in super PAC money," Goode said. "And that means they're not only influenced by corporations, but unions, too."

Goode said he does not rely on any super PAC dollars and also has a self-imposed $200 cap on all donations - something he believes proves his campaign is credible and honest. As of July 31, Goode had little more than $11,000 in the bank for his campaign.

No more 'anchor babies,' or gay marriage

Goode's campaign financing philosophy would probably appeal to most voters who are not millionaires wanting to sway elections through PACs. But his other views, while controversial, could be appealing to more extreme conservatives who would otherwise vote for Romney.

On immigration, Goode would like to build a fence along the entire border of Mexico and revoke birthright citizenship granted to children born to undocumented immigrants.

"The anchor baby situation has got to stop," Goode said, adding Romney does not share that stance.

Goode also proposes a "near-moratorium" on legal immigration, by halting green card issuances until unemployment in the U.S. is under 5 percent - something he sees as a major difference between him and Romney.

"Green cards give persons from foreign countries the right to come into the U.S. to work in any state in the country and do any job they want to," Goode said. "It makes no sense to bring in foreign workers when you have unemployment at around 8 percent in this country.

"Romney and Obama don't believe that. They both want to cater and coddle to the Hispanic caucus, but I'm willing to stand up and do what's right."

On China, Goode claimed Romney's business background means the Republican candidate can't be trusted when it comes to getting tough on the country.

"Romney is talking a game, but he's outsourced thousands of jobs to China through Bain Capital," Goode said. "So Romney is not anti-shipping jobs to China. He's just saying what the American people want to hear … he tells the people of 'wherever he's at' exactly what they want to hear."

On social issues, Goode proudly points to his pro-life record as proof he is rabidly anti-abortion. He also said same-sex marriage is a moral danger to American society, as well as a threat to national defense.

"If homosexual marriage is allowed and becomes the norm in the U.S., it would have significant effect on the defense budget," Goode said, explaining same-sex military couples would drain the defense budget through health benefits.

"It would have a tremendous impact," he added.

Third parties to debate

Goode's stances on issues might be out of the mainstream, but they tap into a segment of voters who crave more extreme solutions to complex topics, like immigration and social issues.

During the Republican primary, social conservatives like Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum often criticized Romney for being a "Massachusetts moderate." Goode has continued that argument for anyone willing to listen.

On Tuesday, the Constitution Party candidate will join other oft-ignored third party candidates in a debate hosted by Larry King.

The Third Party Debate, sponsored by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, will include the Green Party's Jill Stein, the Justice Party's Rocky Anderson and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.

It begins at 9 p.m. ET and can be seen on YouTube.

Goode is a one-time Democrat who switched to Republican in 2000 after voting to impeach President Bill Clinton. In 2007, he strongly opposed Muslim congressman Keith Ellison's use of the Quran instead of the Bible to be inaugurated.

Soon after, Goode wrote he feared more Muslims would come to the U.S. and change its way of life.

"I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America and to prevent our resources from being swamped," Goode wrote.

The next year, Goode lost his congressional seat by 727 votes out of more than 312,000 cast.

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