Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore tells Newsmax TV
he's still mulling a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and has received an outpouring of support — but there is no timetable for a decision.
"I certainly don't feel compelled to follow anybody else's schedule. I have to look and see the realities and what's going on," Gilmore said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"I have spent a great deal of time in New Hampshire, I've made six trips there already this year, and I've seen a great number of people and talked to people. And they are very amenable to the message that I'm giving out there and it's very encouraging."
Gilmore, who is president of Free Congress Foundation and made a run for the White House in 2008, revealed his intentions just minutes after Texas Gov. Rick Perry became the 10th Republican to officially throw his hat in the ring.
If he does decide to seek the Republican nomination, Gilmore said he will focus on three principal issues involving the nation's economy.
"The first is, you have to grow the economy. I've been talking about this since 2010. I have a specific plan and that specific plan is to reform the personal income tax so that we give a tax cut across the board for working people — 10, 15, and 25 percent brackets," he said.
"Second, we reform the business tax, then tax all businesses the same way at 15 percent and third, we eliminate the death tax … If you do these things, you will explode the growth of this economy and get people working again."
Gilmore told Steve Malzberg that one of the key Republican messages going into the 2016 race is "more people working for better wages."
Another is "the challenge that we're seeing internationally and a danger to this country both from national states like Russia, China, and Iran and also from this international guerrilla war that we're seeing against us," Gilmore said.
"We have to empower the American people to face those international challenges in order to preserve our values going into the 21st century."
Gilmore also said the United States must strive to fight terrorism — at home as well as abroad.
"We have to defeat … this medieval idea [of] going forward and brutalizing people and abusing women and murdering people and beheading people," he said. "We in the western world have to protect our values and assert the rightness of our values while at the same time militarily we're protecting this country."
He said the killing of a knife-wielding Boston terror suspect and Islamic State sympathizer who was planning to behead police officers "just tells you there's more trouble coming."
"We have a duty to make sure that our intelligence community, our law enforcement community, both federal and local, are prepared to protect the American people and that the American people are prepared for this challenge and are resolute and stand for themselves in the challenges that are facing us," Gilmore said.
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