Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Coy About VP Prospects
(RICHMOND, Va.) — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell stuck to the ambiguous script of a potential running mate Thursday morning. No comment.
“I’m not interviewing or auditioning. I’ve got Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson’s job. It doesn’t get any better than that,” McDonnell said in an interview on Fox News.
He may not be calling it an audition, but McDonnell is getting his very public moment with Mitt Romney on Thursday. The two will appear at a Romney campaign stop in Portsmouth.
Asked if Thursday’s campaign appearance with Mitt Romney is a test run for VP, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said, “That’s good media drama, but that’s not what’s happened.”
During an interview with Politico last August, McDonnell said he’d be “very interested” in the vice presidential slot, but reiterated Thursday that he merely meant he’d consider it.
“Any candidate that calls a potential nominee and says listen you could help the party, you could help the country, of course you’d consider it,” McDonnell said on Fox.
McDonnell listed a number of potential candidates he thinks would complement Romney well – “Rob Portman, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal.”
The Virginia governor, who won the state by 18 points in 2009, explained the importance of the independent voter in the state.
“Our independent voters can vote the person. They vote the issue, and right now the issues are debt, jobs and the economy, and energy and leadership, and all those scores I think Mitt Romney’s got the best record.”
Still, when it came to predicting if a Republican would win Virginia this November, McDonnell wouldn’t commit a prediction, saying only, “It’s going to be a tough fight.”
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