May 30th, 2009
03:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Steele: 'Republican Renaissance' starts in Virginia

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell will face the winner of the June 9 Democratic primary.
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell will face the winner of the June 9 Democratic primary.

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele praised Bob McDonnell Saturday for receiving the official party nomination in the state's gubernatorial race, and said he is part of a "Republican renaissance that starts this year in Virginia."

“I would like to congratulate Bob McDonnell for being selected by Virginia Republicans today as their candidate for governor," Steele said in a statement. "It is going to be a tough fight, but we are well positioned for victory in November."

Steele said the RNC is committed to devoting its "full attention and significant resources" to helping McDonnell take back the governor's mansion in November.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe is now in the final weeks of a tough three-way primary battle for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. He has received an enthusiastic endorsement this year by former President Bill Clinton.


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  1. ANGIE IN PA

    The Party of Hate the Party of No the Party of bashing everyone YEAH RIGHT!

    May 30, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. 4 and the door

    @ Ray Fisher who said, "The GOP should rebuild around Colin Powell ..."

    That's not necessary. The Obama Administration and Rubber Stamp congress are going out of their way to prove how irresponsible liberal government can be. Irresponsible with money, national security and oh yeah, did I mention spending?

    People will see that these"tough" measures the Republican administration employed delivered results. Then they will see a government that delivers no results. Think GM, Chrysler, Wall StreetI, Main Street...it will become crystal clear who can manage a government and actually deliver results.
    2010 and 2012. Can't wait!

    May 30, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. chrisc23

    Republicans WILL win in NJ and VA. The Democrats have been a disaster here in NJ and Jon Corzine is leading the fall of their party. He was supposed to be this big Wall Street exec who really was going to change things, unfortunately he did for the worse.

    May 30, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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