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17th GOP Candidate Adds His Name to the Presidential Campaign!

Somehow we missed the big news from former Governor of Virginia Jim Gilmore (R-VA) this past week, but we aim to rectify that mistake today!

Jim Gilmore announced last week that he was joining the race for the GOP nomination for President. Gilmore’s entrance into the race makes him the 17th major GOP candidate to enter the race.

From Breitbart:

Hello, I’m Jim Gilmore and today I am announcing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.

With so many candidates already in the race, some may ask, “Why am I running?” That’s a fair question that deserves a straight answer.

I am a candidate for president because our current Washington leadership is guiding America on a path to decline, and I can reverse that decline.

That current leadership is damaging our economic and national security to such a degree, that for this first time in American history, most Americans believe their children will not be better off than they are.

I have a vision for a different America, one that will return America to the policies of a dynamic, entrepreneurial free-market economy and a policy of peace-through-strength for our national security.

I have been looking for someone to enter the race committed to my belief that America’s economic and national security is increasingly at risk, but I have not seen a response from anyone that makes me certain about their knowledge or solutions to the threats facing our nation.

I do not seek the presidency because I want to be something. I seek it because I want to DO something — for America…



You can read Gilmore’s full announcement at

Sadly for Gilmore he seems to be jumping into the race far too late. The first GOP debate is just days away, the other candidates have already raised huge sums of money, and he has far too little name recognition to be able to wrest media time away from the other candidates already in the race. It seems likely that Gilmore will be a non-entity in the GOP race over the coming months.

But he’s in and we thought we’d let you hear from him. On Friday, he appeared on Fox News’ Special Report to discuss his candidacy.

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Onan Coca

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Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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