Terry Wayne Wheelock was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but he has lived in a number of states spanning both coasts. He attended Houston Baptist University from 1978 to 1979, the University of Illinois from 1979 to 1981, and the University of Oklahoma from 1981 to 1983. It was from the latter institution that Wheelock received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration, with a minor in Recreation. During and after college, he was a competitive gymnast, and has since worked as a gymnastics coach. He served in the US Air Force for four years, from 1987 to 1991.|
Wheelock is running as an Independent candidate, and his platform borrows from both conservative and liberal ideas. He champions fiscal responsibility, promising that he will not raise taxes and that he will balance the federal budget. However, following a more leftist curve, he calls for Universal Health Care for all and says that he will get the nation on the road to healthy living. He also favors energy innovation as a national security issue, advocating for the use of solar, wind, nuclear, and other renewable power sources in order to end America's dependence on foreign oil supplies. He is opinionated on the issue of investigating space, believing that NASA has become a mere makework program and that it should return to its primary mission of exploring the universe. Among other goals, he hopes to make it possible for humans to live on other planets.
Wheelock contends that the sitting American president, Barack Obama, is ineligible for his office. While he does not assert the most typical claim of “birthers” - that Obama was born in the African nation of Kenya rather than the US state of Hawaii – he invokes the US Constitution's unelaborated requirement that the president be a “natural born citizen”, which he defines as any person having been born to two American citizens. This measure would indeed disqualify President Obama, whose father, Barack Obama Sr, did not retain American citizenship. Similarly, Wheelock challenges the legitimacy of Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Bobby Jindal.
Wheelock's platform is not strictly beholden to either left-wing or right-wing politics, creating opportunity for him to appeal to moderates on both sides of the spectrum. He is likely to have little success with the fringes, however, and his contention of Barack Obama's presidential ineligibility (with which the American public has largely tired) risks alienating still other voters. Still, he is nothing if not confident: He asserts that his election is “God's Will!”, and, perhaps more pragmatically, that he is “the Lesser of the Evils!”