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Independent American candidate for president Virgil Goode made a stop in Reno as part of his campaign tour across the country.

The Independent American party of Nevada is affiliated with the national Constitution party, which is a socially and fiscally conservative minor party. Former Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode was nominated to be their presidential candidate in April.

"I have a consistent pro-life voting record, always have," Goode said, "a consistent voting record in favor of traditional marriage, and I support a balanced budget."

The former congressman fielded questions from supporters at a small meeting Friday in the Reno Town Mall.

Goode was a representative of Virginia from 1997 to 2009, following several terms in the Virginia State Senate. In his time in politics, he has been a member of the Democratic party, the Independent party, the Republican party, and now the Constitution party. When asked why he has had so many party affiliations, he responded that he follows whichever party best aligns with his views.

"I think the attention paid to our party will grow," Goode said, "because we're right on the issues. We are on the issues that truly matter to the American citizen."

Goode takes a strong stance on immigration reform, saying that he supports Arizona's immigration policies, and that he would put a moratorium on legal green cards issued until the unemployment rate drops to five percent. He also supports term limits for members of Congress.

Goode said those are issues that neither major party will solve, and his supporters agreed.

"We see no answers, no real answers, just internal bickering between the Republicans and Democrats," Independent American Party of Nevada Executive Director Janine Hansen said. "We need to go back to the foundation of the Constitution."

Hansen went on to say that although the party's main goal is to win the election, another aim  is to make a statement that could cause the major parties to adopt some of their platform ideas.

To read more about Virgil Goode's background and platform, click here.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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