Foran: So you’re saying that the media has chosen and preferred candidates and is giving more air time to them?
Gilmore: Yes, I do. It’s what’s most flamboyant. The more outrageous the statements that can be made, the more they believe that’s entertainment. It’s not public policy, it’s entertainment.
Foran: What has kept you in the race despite being kept out of the debates, and what would it take for you to change your mind and decide to not continue in the race?
Gilmore: The answer to your second question is nothing will change my mind. For the question of what’s made me do it: Listen I’ve lived my life in public service. I’ve been an elected prosecutor, attorney general, governor, United States Army veteran, chairman of the National Commission on Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction for the United States designated by the Congress, these are the credentials that I bring. I was governor during the 9/11 attack. The country is in trouble. It’s in trouble because we are being confronted and put into danger by other nation states across the world. We are seeing a complete dissolution of the Middle East and an international guerrilla war which is costing the lives of Americans and endangering our way of life. And the march of socialism at home continues to march ahead. It has to be changed and we have to learn to live as free people. As the American president I intend to chart that course for the American people and that's’ why I’m in the race.
Foran: When you say we’re seeing the march of socialism are you referring particularly to the fact that on the Democratic side Bernie Sanders is running as a Democratic socialist, or do you see that as a more general trend?
Gilmore: A more general trend, because of the Democratic party. It isn’t just Bernie Sanders, he’s just more honest about it. He thinks we’ve arrived at a point where we can just tell people that the Democratic party is a socialist party and he’ll be fine and maybe he will. But Hillary Clinton is cut from the same cloth and they’re both committed to moving the country in the same direction. There’s no example in history of socialism being a benefit to the American people … It’s time for somebody to bell the cat and tell the truth, which is that a socialist approach has never worked in history, and it will never work in the future. It didn’t work in Russia. It won’t work in America.
Foran: Would you say that Hillary Clinton is just as much of a socialist as Bernie Sanders?
Gilmore: Yes I would, wouldn't you? Oh, never mind that.
Foran: Do you think you’ve done as much campaigning as other candidates?
Gilmore: Well, I’ve campaigned a lot. Some of the other candidates are richer. Many of them have very rich sponsors that enable them to do more things. But within the confines of the financial capabilities that I have I think I’ve campaigned a great deal. There’s no point in comparing myself to other candidates. Everybody has different resources and different experience different strategy. I have my strategy and I’m executing it.