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-- is seen as a must win for Republican Mitt Romney in the presidential sweepstakes.
President Obama won the state back in 2008 but this around Virginia could go red thirteen electoral votes are at stake.
So what does Mitt Romney do due to claim victory there -- Virginia governor Bob -- didn't joining us right now and governor there are.
Lots of thoughts about what are the keys to winning your state this time around what do you have to say about it.
-- all of thanks for having me on yes that's a big player that we're competitive now it's purple state.
Both Mitt Romney and President Obama have been here repeated occasions.
To -- you know the president ran a positive vote campaign of Virginia did well won by seven points but the -- recycled Republicans including may have done.
Very well winning by eighteen it was all about the independent voters -- they care about the kitchen table issues they care about getting people back to work.
Economic development they care about spending.
Cuts to be able to manage that debt and deficits.
And does the things that I think Mitt Romney's talking about he's got a bolder plan for a unleashing -- -- the energy.
Industry here in Virginia that the president's been attacking the last couple years.
So I'm optimistic in these -- is -- -- around the urban centers that are going to be the key to winning -- lots of independent voters.
Now that the Romney message is better and that that -- a dead heat right now but that Romney will pulled off.
That I know that in your state unemployment has dropped two percentage points to five point 6% since you -- -- -- -- also balance Virginia's budget without raising taxes.
Why do you think the president continues to say that the only way to create jobs now is to raise taxes across the country.
Well that's a mystery to me because that's exactly the wrong formula you look at Virginia those numbers you decide -- tech and a fiscally conservative approach.
We believe that the power of entrepreneurship and the private sectors the key to getting the greatest country on -- Back to work in now growing.
Again and -- you see democratic governors and this president saying now we need to raise taxes and expand entitlements.
And increase their governments exactly the wrong poignancy in California Illinois and other places like -- they employ those strategies.
Now it's not working so this president's idea.
About increasing taxes on every small business that is proposing now.
Increasing taxes by 500 billion dollars and Obama care.
Is exactly the wrong formula and I think that message -- -- of tax increases.
His hostility they're calling natural gas and on nuclear energy that he's had in Virginia.
And the fact that he's just not -- later on the things that Virginians know we need on the kitchen table issues.
Is what's gonna tip the balance in the independent voters here Virginian.
You know there's also all political firestorm erupting over the White House's decision to unilaterally allows states to -- -- work requirements which had been at the heart of welfare reform it's that requirement that hasn't moved millions of people from -- -- -- -- what impact here.
Will Romney campaign -- to make -- a major campaign issue.
Well I think absolutely whom I mean this is part of the big difference in this election between.
The president who believes more entitlements and more government and more guarantees of the way for prosperity.
And Mitt Romney who -- like me and Republicans that more opportunity and more access to the American dream.
Is the way that you build a great country on earth back to its back to prosperity and so this.
Idea of eliminating or -- waivers to get rid of the work requirement.
Which might be the most positive public policy development to come out of Washington 25 years something we champion and 1995 and Virginia.
Funding Bill Clinton signed in 1996.
And now to say that that's social compact that you have to work for your benefits if you're able bodied.
Now you can -- that.
And -- completely the welfare reform ideas that were successfully implemented fourteen years ago that have moved millions of people from.
Federal dependence federal government dependence.
Now to freedom and opportunity and jobs it's a horrible policy and the more people focus on the Sonoma and the Romney campaign and I well.
The more they focus on -- the more they realize this president is rolling out of touch in this big government entitlement society is the wrong way to go.
-- expanding on that many are concerned that these waivers -- -- in a Foster more dependency.
Against personal responsibility do you agree with that.
-- -- apps absolutely.
That's exactly how we got herself and of them now so from.
They recovery from the Great Depression in the thirties.
Until well forward Foreman 1996.
Especially the great society vision of LBJ and others.
We put more and more people.
Independents on the federal government we had cycles of people -- generations of people.
On welfare we undermined this basic -- of America of American democracy that is.
You gotta work -- pursue opportunity and if you do so in this free society get rewarded for your efforts.
But if you -- more more opportunities where you actually can make more money by state -- home.
As opposed to working.
A completely undermines.
What we believe that and I think the reason is donors because these admitting that his job -- been a failure.
8% unemployment rate -- now for over 41 months 45 million people in America unemployed or underemployed.
I think that's wise -- to -- the welfare requirements to keep more people.
On welfare because they can't work.
And it's another reason why we need Mitt Romney who understands -- enterprise in the American dream and get people back to work governor always great to see you thank you so much for joining us today.
Thanks so much -- -- don't you thank you.
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