G.O.P. field grows to 17 as former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore announces run

In an online video, former Virginia governor (1998-2002) Jim Gilmore announced Thursday that he will be seeking the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Gov. Gilmore filed official paperwork with the FEC Wednesday, becoming the 17th G.O.P. candidate for 2016.

“I’ve 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 haven’t seen a response from anyone that makes me certain about their knowledge or solutions to the threats facing our nation,” Gilmore said in his announcement Thursday morning.

“The policies of President Obama and Hillary Clinton have shamed our allies and embraced our adversaries, recklessly throwing away decades of American-generated stability in the world . . . as George Washington said, ‘the only sure way of preserving the peace is by preparing for war’.”

Gilmore was first elected to statewide office in 1993 as the Commonwealth’s attorney general, after practicing technology and corporate law for ten years at a firm that he was a partner in.

Prior to earning a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1977, Gilmore served in Germany as an Army Intelligence Officer during the Vietnam War.

The former Virginia governor also served as the Republican National Committee’s chairman from 2001-2002, sought the Republican nomination for President in 2007, and ran for Virginia’s open Senate seat in 2008.

Mr. Gilmore’s announcement was expected, as he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch earlier in the month that he would be formally filing for a presidential run in August.

[Richmond Times-Dispatch]