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Video: Jim Gilchrist on "Lou Dobbs Tonight"

December 8, 2005

On Wednesday, Jim Gilchrist spoke to Lou Dobbs about the election results and his future plans.

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    LOU DOBBS, HOST: Our next guest made this nation's border crisis a critical issue in a special Congressional election held in California yesterday. Jim Gilchrist is the co-founder of the Minuteman Project. He ran as an independent. His campaign surpassed all expectations and earned Gilchrist a solid third place finish, 25 percent of the vote.

    Republican state senator John Campbell spending a lot more money with a lot better name recognition, and of course with the support and a solid Republican district, well, he won the runoff but he won only 45 percent of the vote.

    Democrat Steve Young took 28 percent, and Jim Gilchrist spending very little money and having just a matter of weeks to campaign, won an astounding 25 percent of the vote. And he joins us tonight from Orange, California. Good to have you here.

    JIM GILCHRIST (I), FMR. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: Good to be on your program, Lou.

    DOBBS: Jim, this is an impressive showing. This is what every strategist that we've talked with was afraid of, that you would have a showing above the 15 percent that you won in the primary, moving up to 25 percent, against two organized, established, political parties. We'll even name them: the Democrats and the Republicans. Did you expect to do this well?

    GILCHRIST: Yes, actually I expected to do a little bit better. Could not guarantee that I would win the race, but I would not have been surprised if I won the race outright by a couple of thousand votes. I've given -- literally given a voice in government to that so-called silent majority.

    I've gotten people to come out of their caves to register for the first time in their lives to vote. These issues that I'm representing are very, very serious issues, and not only have I gotten the attention of Congress, I've gotten the attention of the president of the United States. And what happened in my election yesterday will continue occurring throughout the United States.

    DOBBS: All right, Jim, the bottom line is you lost. You ran on one -- basically one issue, illegal immigration. Do you wish right now that you had been somewhat more comprehensive and addressed a number of issues and been more -- let's say overt in your connecting the dots on a number of issues?

    GILCHRIST: I did address more than one issue. I addressed the problem with education, a threat to our Social Security system, the shrinking middle class, the war in Iraq, the need for fundamental tax reform.

    But under the key issue that I was using as a paramount item was the issue -- the so-called one issue of the cavalier and reckless lack of enforcement of U.S. immigration law. Under that issue flows many, many major issues affecting the prosperity and future security of this nation.

    DOBBS: Just out the curiosity, why didn't you run as a Republican?

    GILCHRIST: I had registered as an independent a few years ago, and to run as a Republican anyway, I would have been trounced in the primary along with the 12 other competitors. I'm up against the machine, whether it be a Democrat machine or a Republican machine. It makes me look like the lone Chinese patriot in Tiananmen Square standing up against the Russian tank.

    DOBBS: Jim, are you going to run again?

    GILCHRIST: You betcha. You'll hear more about that at the end of January.

    DOBBS: Sounds good. Jim Gilchrist, thank you, and congratulations on a race well run.

    GILCHRIST: Yes, and we did come out victorious. Thank you.

    DOBBS: Jim Gilchrist, we thank you very much. Still ahead here tonight, the very latest on the deadly shooting at the Miami International Airport. We'll have a live report for you here next.

    And then the rising debate throughout this country about the American strategy in Iraq. The Democratic party appears more divided than ever on the issue, the Republican party divided as well. We'll be talking with two of the country's leading political minds here. Stay with us.


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