Jim Gilmore claims that he is the only "real conservative" in the race for the Republican nomination and he gave his thoughts on the three front-runners for the nomination:
"He has fought conservatives time after time, even invoking the rhetoric of class warfare to oppose the Bush tax cuts."
"He supports gun control; says just as a motorist can be required to have a license, a gun owner can be required to have one as well. And in 1994 he supported (Democrat) Mario Cuomo for governor of New York. Mario Cuomo! "
"In 1992 he supported (Democrat) Paul Tsongas for president of the United States. Paul Tsongas! "