(Snippets from Gilmore’s website will be found here.)
By Adam B. Lerner
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore officially became the GOP field’s 17th candidate Wednesday.
Gilmore filed his paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission, launching his longest of all long-shot presidential bids under the name “Gilmore for America LLC.”
But the question remains whether he will be allowed to join the Fox News candidate forum at 5 p.m. on Aug. 6 in Cleveland.
The network said Tuesday that it was lowering the bar for the forum to include “all declared candidates whose names are consistently being offered to respondents in major national polls, as recognized by Fox News” — removing the previous threshold of 1 percent in the five latest national polls.
The rule change gives a boost to candidates like former tech executive Carly Fiorina, former New York Gov. George Pataki and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham — all of whom, like Gilmore, do not register as the first choice of more than 1 percent of Republican primary voters in credible national polls.
Gilmore’s name, however, has been listed in only one of the past five national polls released as of Wednesday evening. It is not yet clear whether his appearance in the single poll, conducted by Monmouth University from July 9 to 12, and any polls released between Wednesday and next week, will qualify Gilmore for the 5 p.m. forum.Gilmore left elected office in 2002 after serving four years as governor of Virginia, one year as chairman of the Republican National Committee and three years as Virginia’s attorney general. He ran for the 2008 Republican nomination but ended his campaign before the first early state contests.