Va. Gov. Candidate, White House Crasher Salahi Visits Harrisonburg

HARRISONBURG-- As the race for the state's governor continues to take shape, Tareq Salahi visited James Madison Univ. on Monday. He met with students, and spoke to a class.

The reality TV star and White House party crasher is running as an independent in the race, but says he identifies as a Republican. He says he is a fiscal conservative, but is moderate on social issues.

With tough competition from established party candidates in Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Ken Cunccinelli, he acknowledges he could face a fight.

"We're going up against big, deep pockets, and they're career politicians. If you actually looked up the definition of Republican, I would be the definition, not these other folks who are career politicians. I'm the underdog, but I'm proud to be the underdog," he said.

His campaign motto is "Crash the Vote," which is a play on his infamous White House party crash in 2009 with his now ex-wife, Michaele. He says that's how many people remember him.


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