Bob McDonnell endorses Mitt Romney

UPDATE: Governor Bob McDonnell has endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for president. The announcement came Friday morning. The Governor commented:

“America needs leadership and that’s what governors do: they lead,” McDonnell is quoted in a press release from the Romney campaign. “Governors actually have to find solutions and bring all parties together in order to get results for their citizens – they can’t just sit back and cast votes. Mitt Romney has been an effective leader his entire life, in business, the Olympics and as governor. President Obama’s lack of leadership experience is now clear – he has failed to turn around the economy and end the gridlock in Washington. Mitt Romney used his leadership ability in a politically difficult environment to balance the budget every year, cut spending and taxes, and create jobs. He is a results-oriented conservative. This is the type of record that conservatives like me are honored to support – we need a leader like Mitt Romney in the White House to enact effective change that will put our country back on the right path and Americans back to work.”

The South Carolina primary is Saturday.

McDonnell appears on CNBC making the announcement:

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will throw his support behind Mitt Romney today, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. McDonnell’s name has been bantered about for a while as a possible Vice Presidential candidate for Romney. Even as far back as last winter, some were whispering his name along with “president” or “vice president.”

The Times-Dispatch wrote:

McDonnell’s support could significantly boost Romney’s chances in Virginia if he wins the party’s nomination. President Barack Obama was the first Democrat to win Virginia’s electoral votes since President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. Obama is expected to make a push in the state again this year, and his campaign released a TV ad in the state this week.

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is Romney’s campaign coordinator for the Commonwealth so the team of Bob and Bill would be working together again, something they have done well over the years. Virginia voters will have a 50-50 chance while voting in the presidential primary on March 6 because only two candidates, Romney and Ron Paul, qualified for the ballot.

McDonnell, who was in South Carolina earlier this week, is expected to return today and spend the next twenty-four hours campaigning with Romney and SC Governor Nikki Haley who has also endorsed Romney.

McDonnell, currently serving as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, has made it clear he believes a governor would be best in the position as president of the United States. After Texas Governor Rick Perry’s departure from the race, the only governor left is Romney.

** Bearing Drift endorsed Romney Jan. 11 **

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

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  • McDonnell’s endorsement is a great help to Romney nationally more than locally. There was never much doubt that Romney would win Virginia’s primary given that his only opponent on the ballot is Ron Paul. But McDonnell now has nationwide credibility and respect among conservatives, and so his endorsement, which reflects McDonnell’s confidence and comfort that Romney would govern as a conservative, gives conservative credibility to Romney. Furthermore, this endorsement was well-timed to counter the resurgence of Newt Gingrich.

  • Brian Kirwin

    Shame that Romney-McDonnell sounds too much like Ronald McDonald…

  • Old-geezer

    Was watching Governor Bob on CNBC this morning. They really seemed to like him. Have the Romney yard sign in front of the house. And been talking to people about voting for Romney. Will talk about that another time.


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  • James “turbo” Cohen

    Won’t agree with Bob’s endorsement but will respectfully disagree with some of the disparaging remarks I keep reading on the blogosphere regarding his decision. I remain a Paul supporter till the last vote is counted while remaining respectful of the Va governors job performance. Romney is smart and if he chooses Bob then his odds of defeating Obama improve dramatically..

    This is not popular among Ron Paul supporters no doubt but it’s even less popular among Obama supporters. Romney desperately lacks creds across a wide spectrum that our governor has built a career on. I just wish he could have endorsed RP yet fully understand and accept his decision to endorse Mitt.. If I was in his shoes I might have done the same.

    That aside, Romney is McCain 2012.. God help us.

  • James “turbo” Cohen

    The upside is that Bob is closer to becoming the jobs president than ever..

  • Old-geezer

    I plan on voting for Ron Paul in March, however Romney will be elected President this year.

  • Mark Cernak

    I thought our Governor was a conservative but he is just a policitican looking for his next job! its a shame but I guess Rommeny promised him something especially since his endorsement call out a day before the South Carolina primary!! Same oh same oh the majority of the policiticans can be bought.

  • Jamie Jacoby

    Pathetic Mitt Romney has changed his “values” to suit the moment. Links provided upon request.

    Job creation during a financial bubble is nothing to brag about; lots of people started businesses selling two pounds of dog poo in a one-pound bag and made money doing it. Where are those jobs now?

    Cuccinelli: “”I thought his [Romney] answer to my question on how he would deal with the president in a debate on the healthcare issue really made his program sound like ObamaCare light.”

    What is Romney’s plan for reinvigorating the economy? Has anyone discussed it anywhere in any detail? What is Romney’s plan for creating jobs now? Or is this merely more “soaring rhetoric” that has in the past, and continues to, fool voters into “hope”?

    How can anyone who has flip-flopped on as many critical issues as Romney be counted on to “support the traditional values this country was founded on”?

    By extension, how can anyone who so easily signs on himself be counted on? Is McDonnell going to allow himself to be the conservative credibility of the Romney campaign?

  • Thomas Conway

    the combination one-two of ken falkenstein and bob kirwin’s comments are expected and sickens me as much as the GOP establishment – Ken thinks if he says Romney will win enough, enough of us will be brainwashed that it will be so. Here’s all you need to know about Romney vs. Paul

    just facts – and if the facts show Romney in a poor light – its because he is a fair weather charlatan. McDononnell’s endorsement only proves that he is as true an insider as the rest. If any of you actually have convinced yourself that we have been going in the right direction in this country for the last 20 years (with regards to civil liberties, economy and foreign entanglements) then go ahead and vote for the Washington insiders who have been perpetuating this mess.

    And don’t think McDonnell’s endorsement seals the deal. Paul didn’t wind up on the ballot as a fluke. He’s got a ton of supporters on the ground (he didn’t hire contractors to collect signatures like the rest), and his support is just growing…. whereas Romney’s is stagnant. In VA, Paul won’t have to wrestle for the “anyone but Romney vote” because he will be the only one on the ballot. btw – that comparison sheet i included will be making its rounds statewide and by the time we use it in VA, Gingrich will be off, and a WHOLE lot more room left to hang Romney.

  • This is so transparent, Bob McDonnell pursuing his career plan, going to the next best option now that Rick Perry is out of the mix.

  • This reminds me of the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice?” I would only add a new line

    “Have you seen such whoring in all of your life?”

    This is despicable.

  • Seriously. Looking at this. We have the RPV establishment vs everybody else who is not rank and file. This rank and file voter will be voting for Ron Paul. Not because I want to, but because I am forced to vote to for either Ron Paul or Mitt Romney. I cannot cast a vote for Mitt Romey (nor would I ever vote, under any circumstances, for Rick Santorum), under any circumstances. So, my choice here is limited. Ron Paul is the better choice in the Virginia primary. Call me a true conservative. My hopes are on Newt, but that remains to be seen, I do admit. I am hoping he pulls this out in SC. If he doesn’t, we are doomed to four more years of Obama. At least he can sing.

  • Shocking. Establishment Republican endorses Establishment Republican. Didn’t see that one coming.

  • This is to be expected Vern. Until more people who disagree with politica as usual step up and become involved with the process, the same ole song and dance is what will continue.

  • Keen Frankenstien writes: “McDonnell’s endorsement is a great help to Romney nationally more than locally. There was never much doubt that Romney would win Virginia’s primary given that his only opponent on the ballot is Ron Paul.”

    Boy, what are you smoking and where can I get some? I wasn’t aware Virginia had voted yet. All this time, I thought it was March 6th, 2012. Oh, duh. I forgot. The “nations first primary” was held in back rooms at RPV on Christmas Eve. Well, my friend. Maybe the fat lady hasn’t sung yet. Maybe just maybe there are enough not Romneys in Virginia to go punch the hole or push the button for Ron Paul. Rules are rules, you know.

  • Virginia Hahn

    What a shame that Virginia’s Primary voters have such a POOR CHOICE!

    I am not the least bit sure that I will even bother voting March 6th.
    Hate to see the Governor getting involved at this point in time and I am very disappointed.

  • Mark Cernak

    I keep hearing anyone but Obama and yes Obama needs to go! But do we sell out our values again and again to get anyone but Obama! I have been for the last part of two decades holding my nose and voting the less of the two evils but the lesser of two evils keeps getting closer and closer to the same evil. Example, Romney he started the Obamacare before in his state before Obama was even on the radar and guess what some of the people who created Rommeycare worked and help create Obamacare! Of all the Judges appointed by Romney in Massachusetts 2/3 where liberal judges! Two ladies that work in the EPA now (creating regulations) use to work for Romney! I digress for a moment does anyone notice that people who use to work for Romney now work for Obama so what does that say about Romney and people he hires? Romney will not be transparent will not show his financial statement and Romney says he will not undermine the undermining of the “don’t ask don’t tell”! If the candidate is Romney well he will not get my vote he is no different than Obama in his policies and making him President will only help how. He will just continue what has been done and not try and make any conservative policy take back. With Obama he lowered the bar in numerous areas with Romney he will just maintain the lower bar.

  • Steve Vaughan

    Smart political move if Bob wants to be v.p. He’d better take a long hard look at Romney’s electoral prospects in November though. Being the v.p. nominee on a losing ticket is a ticket to political oblivion.

  • Some mistakes Bob would not have made..

    1. Mittens $10K bet live at a debate.. Everyone has $10,000 to risk on a bet, right? Who is the wealthy wall street darling running for predisent? Romney, that’s right.

    2. “Corporations are people, my friend!”. Big business 1, little guy 0.

    3. “We’re going to hang him, uh, so to speak, metaphorically, with, uh, with, uh – you have to be careful these days, I’ve learned that – with an Obama Misery Index.”

    4. Mitt said “I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” then in front of another audience that week, “I’m not a big-game hunter. I’ve made that very clear. I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will. I began when I was 15 or so and I have hunted those kinds of varmints since then. More than two times.”
    Gun owners typically vote Republican.. or they don’t vote at all.

  • Jay

    How will Mitt defend the racist practice of excluding African Americans from their priesthood when he was ‘stake president’ of his church (similar to a diocise ? I’m very concerned that once Mitt’s the only one standing, the left will take him down with his support of the racist policy of the Latter Day Saints (Mormon) church to exclude African Americans from their priesthood. One could argue that as a member of a church you can’t be responsible for all of its views, BUT, Mitt was a Stake President in Massachusetts and since Mormons don’t have paid clergy, only volunteers, the Stake President is similar to a diocese Bishop. A very powerful position. How will he respond to this? Much worse than just belonging to an all white country club … he ran it!

  • Old-geezer

    Having thought abot it for a couple of days, I was extremely impressed by Governor Bob.
    He was all over the cable TV stations. Great speech. Even he seemed to be getting tired of it by the 400th time I heard it.
    Still perhaps he needs a small kicker.

    What if

    Governor Bob was in some sort of colonial clothes or uniform.

    Then he could invite people to visit Virginia (the state with the cheapest gas prices on the east coast) for a vacation.

    Just in the Williamsburg area alone, they could see five of the most historic sites in the entire nation.

    Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, The Pottery Factory and Pierce’s Bar-B-Que.

    Well, maybe next time.

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