Today, former Republican Governor Jim Gilmore filed presidential papers with the FEC. Gilmore is a former governor of Virginia. He has yet to visit the state. Gilmore announced his committee by stating the following:
"Today, I filed the papers necessary to explore a candidacy for President because I believe that this nation needs conservative leadership. Alone among those considering a candidacy for the Republican nomination, I have a record of real leadership as a tax cutter and job creator, as a leader on national security issues, and as a national leader in our party. I intend to move quickly to form a national campaign team and to make my decision on moving to a formal candidacy."