|Born||Darrell Lane Castle
October 11, 1948
Kingsport, Tennessee U.S.
|Residence||Memphis, Tennessee U.S.|
|Alma mater||East Tennessee State University
University of Memphis
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
Darrell Lane Castle (born October 11, 1948) is an American politician and attorney from Memphis, Tennessee. He is the Constitution Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election. He was the party's nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2008 presidential election.
Early life and education
Castle grew up in northeastern Tennessee in the small town of Fort Blackmore, Virginia near Kingsport. He attended Ketron High School and East Tennessee State University (ETSU), graduating from each in 1966 and 1970, respectively. At ETSU, he earned a B.S. degree with double-majoring in political science and history.
Castle then became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for four years and attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He cites his military service as fostering his belief that war should not be entered into capriciously nor without congressional approval. After his discharge, he returned to ETSU and began his graduate study of history. He then attended the law school at University of Memphis, then known as Memphis State University, and earned his J.D. degree in 1979.
Castle has a strong Christian religious ethic, according to his official biography. He has served as a deacon and deacon chairman in his local church. In 1998, he and his wife founded Mia’s Children Foundation, a Christian mission in Bucharest, Romania which ministers to homeless Romani children.
Upon receiving his law degree in Memphis, Castle became an attorney. In 1984, he opened a private firm which later grew into Darrell Castle and Associates. Since then, Castle has opened firms in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; and Kansas City, Missouri. His firms focus on consumer bankruptcy and personal injury, but also represent clients in the areas of social security/disability and workers' compensation.
At the 2008 Constitution Party National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, Baptist pastor Chuck Baldwin defeated former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Alan Keyes to win the party's nomination. The party then nominated Castle to the ticket as its vice presidential candidate. Baldwin had been the Constitution Party nominee for Vice President in 2004.
At the 2012 Constitution Party National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Castle declared his candidacy for the party's presidential nomination one day prior to the nomination vote, citing requests from several delegates that he seek the nomination. He finished as runner-up to former United States Congressman Virgil Goode, who won the nomination on the first ballot.
Castle is the former National Vice-Chairman of the Constitution Party.
2016 presidential campaign
2016 U.S. presidential election
Castle was a candidate for the Constitution Party's 2016 presidential nomination, but withdrew his candidacy in January 2016 because of unspecified health concerns. However, on the eve of the 2016 nominating convention, Richard Winger of Ballot Access News reported that Castle had re-entered the nomination process.
On April 16, 2016, Castle secured the presidential nomination for the Constitution Party. He has vowed, if elected, to get the United States out of the United Nations and NATO. "Our borders are worth defending. If we can secure the borders of Korea and Germany, then we can secure the borders of the United States," said Castle. He made no reference to previous health concerns.
As of June 30, 2016 Castle had raised $10,289.
Castle's campaign has seen limited inclusion in polls. In various state polls, he has received between 1% and 3%.
In an interview with Liberty Hangout, Castle has said he is more libertarian than 2016 Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson. He describes himself as pro-life, and opposes federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Castle supports funding of space exploration. He opposes the war on drugs. When it comes to prostitution, gambling, smoking, polygamous relationships, or any other activities made by consenting adults, Castle says he sees no role for the federal government to get involved. He wants decriminalization of marijuana use, however opposes full legalization. He favors securing the borders and believes Muslims should be banned until screening for foreign terrorists is more sophisticated. He describes himself as having a non-interventionist foreign policy. He favors the United States withdrawing from the United Nations, NATO, TPP, NAFTA, CAFTA, Gatt, and WTO. He favors ending the Federal Reserve.
On June 12, 2016, Darrell Castle directly added various political stances to the website I Side With, which seeks to match voters with the candidate they agree with the most. Castle presented himself as pro-gun and pro-2nd amendment, indicating that he believes there should not be "more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun" and is against banning individuals on the no-fly list from "purchasing guns and ammunition." Castle explicitly indicated that same-sex marriage was included in the list of acts by consenting adults he would prefer the government have no involvement in. He is against mandatory vaccinations, but is for mandatory GMO labeling, stating that "people have a right to know what is in their food." He is against Common Core standards. He believes that felons should be allowed to vote, "but only after completing their sentences or parole/probation." He is for photo ID requirements for voting on the basis that "they will prevent voter fraud." On the subject of solitary confinement, Castle is in favor, stating "it is necessary for violent criminals who are a danger to themselves and other inmates." He believes foreign terrorist suspects should be given constitutional rights, but only "inside the United States and not abroad."
Castle's economic stances are notably conservative. He believes "physically and mentally capable adults on welfare" should be required to work. However, he does not believe they should be tested for drugs on the basis of privacy. He is against government enforcement of equal pay, stating "the government should never determine what a private business should pay employees." He does not believe that illegal immigrants should have access to government healthcare or in-state tuition rates. He is against Obamacare. He is against governmental environmental regulations.
Castle is against term limits for members of Congress, believing elections serve as enough of a test of their effectiveness.
- Lesiak, Krzyszof (April 16, 2016). "Darrell Castle wins the Constitution Party's presidential nomination". Independent Political Report. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
- Winger, Richard (April 26, 2008). "Darrell Castle is Constitution Party Vice-Presidential Nominee". Ballot Access News. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
- "As Veterans Day Approaches, the Constitution Party salutes its own and all Americans who have served in our nation's military forces!". Constitution Party National Committee. November 10, 2006. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
- "Darrell Castle Biographical Profile". Archived from the original on November 6, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
- "Who is Darrell Castle? - The Castle Report". The Castle Report. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- "Memphis Bankruptcy Attorneys & Personal Injury Lawyers". www.darrellcastle.com. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
- "NEWS FLASH: Darrell Castle to Seek Constitution Party Nomination". Independent Political Report. April 20, 2012.
- "Virgil Goode Wins Constitution Party Nomination on First Ballot, Picks VP Choice". Independent Political Report. April 21, 2012.
- on (January 6, 2016). "Darrell Castle Withdraws from Constitution Party Presidential Nomination Race". Ballot Access News. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
- "Joe Miller Decides Not to Seek Constitution Party Presidential Nomination". ballot-access.org. Ballot Access News. April 12, 2016. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
- Agencies. "US: Darrell Castle named Constitution Party candidate". www.mwcnews.net. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
- Mills, Glen. "The Constitution Party hosts national convention in Salt Lake City". GOOD4UTAH. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
- Endorsements – GRTL PAC. Georgia Right to Life PAC. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- "Committee/Candidate Details". Fec.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
- "Constitution Party Candidate, Darrell Castle, Says He's More Libertarian Than Gary Johnson". Liberty Hangout. July 2, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
- "Campaign Platform". Castle 2016. April 16, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
- "I Side With". I Side With. June 12, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
- Darrell Castle for President 2016 Presidential Campaign Official Site
- Law Offices of Darrell Castle and Associates Law Firm Website
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|Constitution nominee for President of the United States