P2016: Sources in Constitution Party say ex-Cong John Hostettler (R-IN) very interested in presidential nom; reaching out to CP leaders.
— Politics1.com (@Politics1com) August 8, 2015
Hostettler served in Congress from 1995 to 2007. He is perhaps best remembered for his 2004 detainment at a Kentucky airport for carrying a firearm in his luggage.
After leaving Congress, Hostettler appeared at Constitution Party events and endorsed the candidacy of the party’s 2008 presidential nominee Chuck Baldwin.
Earlier this year, former senior IPR editor Trent Hill, who has ties with the Constitution Party, revealed that the party was in talks with a “big name” for the 2016 nomination. Hill denied the suggestion that Hostettler was the “big name,” which was implied to be former Congressman Steve Stockman, who later decided not to run.
Former Congressman Virgil Goode served as the party’s 2012 presidential nominee. He appeared on the ballot in a total of 26 states, receiving 122,388 votes on Election Day, roughly 0.09%.