McDonnell on Romney's short list for VP?
Virginia governor responds to rumors
- Duration 4:21
- Date May 3, 2012
Virginia governor responds to rumors
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Now we go out on the campaign trail in the state of Virginia this is a critical state November Mitt Romney and a the running mate sweepstakes today the former governor of Massachusetts on the trail -- state of Virginia with.
Bob McDonnell governor of Virginia to be side by side Mitt Romney a couple hours later with sir good morning to you and welcome back here.
To America's Newsroom.
Hey thanks -- but beyond you've campaign with him before I just curious to know what how do you react when people say this is like a dry run.
Or it's some sort of test run to see how it to you work together look together on stage.
Well I -- that's good media drama but that's not what's happened I just believe we need a change in leadership.
In this country with our job picture our debt picture.
We need Mitt Romney to be out be president so -- -- a swing state by one of the top five states this is the first time he's spent sustained time.
Since becoming the de facto nominee is so work cited Davis here last night.
Haven't been up Portsmouth Virginia today talking about jobs and energy and want to be there to help.
Right and M when you're there today Michelle Bachmann will be there as well -- back to the point about all this talk about you being on a short list.
And you have a reputation for going after the deficits in your home state.
You know how critical Virginia is in November.
Barack Obama won it last 2008 for the first time for Democrats since 1964.
I'm -- that was very that that's his historical.
And I don't know where the politics in Virginia are right today but you specifically what would you bring to a ticket.
-- well again I'm not interviewing are -- I got Patrick Henry Thomas Jefferson's Joba doesn't get any better -- -- All I can tell you is the 3035%.
Of the independent voters in Virginia will determine the outcome of our.
Elections it's important when Virginia for Republican presidential candidate and what I'm gonna help him do during this next couple months campaigning is to.
Talk about jobs and energy and taking care of our veterans that's what is going -- to carry the -- in Virginia and Mitt Romney is the -- to do it has got the record as governor of Massachusetts and the private sector.
And if we don't convince people that he's the best one for jobs with an eight point 2% unemployment rate.
And -- debt reduction with a fifteen trillion dollar debt we're not gonna have a stronger country going forward talk about -- the role that I'm playing right.
Last August you were quoted in the Richmond times dispatch you're talking about this vice president that you said quote of course I'd be interested.
Are you still.
Well I what I said it is.
Any candidate that calls.
A potential nominee and says listen you can help the party could help the country of course you consider it but.
I'm not asking -- interviewing report I just wanna say Mitt Romney when we had a great team out there are people like Rob Portman Chris Christie.
Bob did you know others that are great options and all although I just got to help -- went.
Are you -- a -- for me on the short list thank you for that why is Virginia.
Favoring Barack Obama at the moment you look at some of these Posey averaged together so to have Obama up eight points.
Six point -- -- that this a lot of -- all the polls put together an Obama has a slight lead on Mitt Romney.
I know we've got a long way to go but why -- Virginia go democratic in 2008 but was happening in your state that gave him the edge.
Well it's the first time in 44 years but then the next year I won by eighteen we picked up three congressional seats the next year and that we just won the largest number of Republicans in the history of the Virginia house of delegates out.
It's trending back right of center were right -- senator -- service thank you look at the last ten years we've last ten cycles of elections.
With that five Republican governors five democratic governor so.
Our independent voters bill can't vote the -- that they vote the issue.
And right now the issues our debt.
Jobs in the economy and energy.
And leadership and on all those scores I think Mitt Romney's got the bell and understood we -- do better and on that point are you saying Republicans will win.
Your state in November.
I'm say it's going to be a tough fight but.
Look Obama when it ran a good campaign and no way hope -- change which has now become recession and division.
I think those days are over we say the record.
Mitt Romney's got a better plan he'll win Virginia democratic governor thank you -- -- -- but okay they'll -- mostly on stage with Michelle Bachmann.
The Mitt Romney about 1 o'clock this afternoon thank you probably there are thanks Bill --