August 8th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
5 years ago

McDonnell: 'Times are tough'

(Full text of the Republican address, as provided by the RNC):

“Hi, I’m Bob McDonnell from Virginia.

“Times are tough in our state, and in yours. Yesterday’s jobs’ report is yet another reminder that families and small businesses are struggling as unemployment remains high.

“Here in Virginia, we face unemployment rates at a twenty-five year high. As I travel throughout Virginia, I listen to our people who are concerned about the jobs they have, worried about finding the jobs they need, and concerned about what jobs will be available for their kids in the years ahead.

“As a father of five, I share those same concerns; that’s why our main goal is to bring Virginians together to create jobs and more opportunities all across our state. And we want government at all levels to be a partner in promoting small businesses and entrepreneurship.

“As Republicans, we believe you create jobs by keeping taxes and regulation low, and litigation at a minimum. Americans succeed when government puts in place positive policies that encourage more freedom, and more opportunity.

“Right now Virginians are particularly concerned about federal cap-and-trade legislation. This legislation would amount to a huge new national energy tax. If implemented, electricity rates would skyrocket and jobs would be lost.

“Two weeks ago I was in Covington, in Western Virginia; I visited Mead West Vaco, an international packaging company. It’s the largest employer in the area, providing 1500 good jobs. They told me the cap-and-trade legislation, if passed, would threaten those jobs. Mark George, the vice-president of the facility, told me this, ‘I feel that the next governor of Virginia, and every representative we have, should care about keeping those good jobs in Virginia;’ I agree.

“We must do everything we can to keep and grow jobs in Virginia, and every state in the Union. That’s why we strongly oppose cap-and-trade, a job-killing energy tax that would put American companies at a tremendous competitive disadvantage with employers in other countries; it’s the wrong policy for a nation struggling with the worst economy in generations. That’s why we’ve fought against the job-killing card-check legislation being pushed by big national labor unions and Democrats in Congress.

“It’s why we are committed to helping more Americans get the healthcare and coverage they need; not through nationalizing the system with a costly government-run plan, but rather by supporting free-market incentives and helping small business owners make covers more accessible and affordable, and ensuring that Americans can keep their individual private policies.

“Government must be more efficient, and more accountable; which is why we are calling for an end to new government spending that is leading to an exploding deficit and burdening our children with new debt that they will have to repay.

“The cornerstone of our founders’ image of federalism is that the states are the laboratories of democracy, where new ideas can be tried and innovations unleashed. I’m calling for environmentally friendly offshore drilling, selling our state-run liquor stores to put more cash into transportation, and expanding access for Virginian students at our college.

“I’ve said that the President is right in his call for real education reform, with more charter schools, and performance pay for great teachers and principals. Now that’s a bipartisan reform that will help all our children get the education they need today to get those good jobs of tomorrow.

“Together, we will use innovation and free-markets to bring new jobs and more opportunities to Virginians, and America.

“Have a great weekend!”


Filed under: Bob McDonnell
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Times were made tough by your party

    well, it doesn't do any good for the rest of us to hear you say that, but acknologing it and next going the following step and saying 'we made the times tough by 8 years of bad decisions' that would go a long way to helping you help yourself

    GOPers are a crazy bunch and I wish them only the worst luck

    August 8, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. 4 and the door

    ...Government must be more efficient, and more accountable...

    This is one big way the government can help the economy. Good luck getting our politicians in Washington to even have the discussion. Efficiency and accountability are difficult and do not get votes as quickly as throwing money at people.

    In fact, there is one program that would take the government in exactly the opposite direction as quickly as possible. We know it as ObamaCare.

    August 8, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. J

    'Times are tough and will continue to be, until you and your loony GOP learn to work with others instead of attacking them all the time.

    August 8, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. kishen c.rao

    all these republicans are just joke...they do not care for american public any more...just do not trust...

    August 8, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. MomofFour

    If you think times are tough now....just wait. If Cap and Trade and healthcare passes pitch a tent in the yard and buy spam in bulk because we are in for one serious shock. The days of Jimmy Carter would pale in comparison. People need to open their eyes...stop drinking the koolaid and see what's happening. The environmental lobby has taken over Washington. These far-left liberal groups are going to suck every dime out of our economy with no apologies. It's their agenda...they've been giving speeches about it for years...and it has NOTHING to do with "global warming" or healthcare reform. It has to do with lining their greedy pockets and this president is giving them the checkbook.

    August 8, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Cally

    The stupid Republicans are the ones who got us where we are today...in the gutter. I wouldn't trust a Republican as far as I could throw him.

    August 8, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Lance

    Now that the GOP is in the minority they seem to overly concerned with the economy and healthcare. Where were they all eight years ago? ...standing by George W. Never again!!

    August 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. AstroTurf This

    We cannot allow this president to bankrupt this country for environmental pet projects. Who benefits most from Cap and Trade? The environmental groups and unions. Take a look at what the unions are doing in California. CURE is strong-arming private contractors and bullying small businesses. It's a crime what is going on and cap and trade feeds this mafia-like behavior. People need to educate themselves about ACORN and SEIU and realize how much money they are getting from this President. They got him elected and he's paying them back. This is not American. This is corrupt. This is NOT what Obama promised the American people. We are all going to be living like Cubans in a matter of years if the DNC and far-left keep strong-arming their way through Washington. Obama is too weak to control the far-wing of the DNC. They are taking over the skeleton of this country and the media is just watching it happen. All you have to do is read the facts...Apollo Alliance...SEIU...ACORN....OFA....George Soros....I sure don't see CNN doing any investigative stories about these groups and they are the ones in control right now.

    August 8, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    This man must be from another planet. WE have been listening to republicans for the past 30 years trying to convince anyone who dumb enough to take the pill that they are giving out – that all we need to do is just do the tax reduction for the wealthy and the will just trikkle on dow]n to the rest of us – People when a politician says he wants reduce taxes on the federal level that means there will be a tax or fee increase on the local level. One only needs to remember what Reagan did – he cut federal tax revenue sharing on the fed level and just try asking local governments what happened next – you got local taxes went thru the roof...... There is no tax that can be cut that does not have a program that it once supported that also has to cut or the local level will have to pick by raising local fees. This same thing applys to any tax that is on the books – one more example – during the Eisenhower years we started the federal highway system – there was a federal hughway use tax that applied to all trucks on the road that amounted to $550 per truck per year – this was to last only 5 – 10 years – guess what it is still on the books today 50 years after the roads were all built – so for me each time I hear a politicain say that he is for cutting taxes – just ask him to stop the ones that are still on the books.

    August 8, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. 60's survivor

    really bob....couldn't of guessed it! but seem to be taking an upward turn no thanks to your party of mostly "NO"!

    August 8, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. sunshine

    mcdonnell, you and the republican party have almost succeded in runing America, our President is working hard to clean up the mess that you and your party created, stop with all the hate and all the scare tatics, we have an excellent leader, let's give him the support of both parties.

    August 8, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Larry

    Another Republican telling us things we already know

    Subtlety dropping the same negative Republican sound bites against Obama and his efforts to truly improve or country

    Another Republican with no new or realistic ideas on doing anything positive for Americans, other than to talk the talk as if he cares

    Another member of The Party Of NO ... with nothing to say

    August 8, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. lil

    Watch what you believe and who you believe because republican will
    lie to you about anything and everything to win.

    These people already have very good insurance and are using your fear of change to win. All these people care about is winning they dont give a flying flip about you.

    August 8, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. John from California

    What Bob McDonnell isn't telling you is that he is part of the Republican Party that made time "tough"

    The republican party's idea of "free markets" is a system run by a collection of unregulated corporations for the benefit of a few wealthy people.

    Times are "not tough" for the CEO's and Major Preferred Share Holders in America's Corporate World – they have accumulated the greatest percentage of American wealth since the last depression.

    We can all thank Bob McDonnell and his republican friends for these "tough times" by voting them out of office and in some cases sending them to jail.

    August 8, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Barbara

    "Exploding deficit"...exuse me Mr. Republican. President Obama inherited an outlandish deficit from those two "men" before him who not only ran up our debt but lied to us as-spreading fear- for why we were going into an undeclared war. President Obama has already done wonders; so instead of bringing him down why not call off those planted protestors in Town Hall meeting s and get down to work. You may have great Health Care but so many in OUR country do not. I think President Obama is doing a Great Job!

    August 8, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. addon

    Mr. McDonnell....you're being paged by Rick Scott.

    He's having a little trouble with that nasty "public scrutiny" thing and being credible to oppose HCR because of having defrauded the government for billions of dollars as the owner of Columbia/HCA.

    Why ....Republicans....Why? Why must we americans continue to support your soaking of federal dollars for your personal wealth. I know, I know....now the no-bid contracts have come to an end in Iraq and you need a new scam. But let's stop making healthcare an opportunity for you guys to get rich. What do ya say?

    August 8, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    What a Jerk! Republicans are the root of evil and they should no longer be a part in this democracy. McDonnell will fail in 11/09. Republican rule is at an end. No more!

    Deeds 11/09

    August 8, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. bill

    Republicans becoming more Democratic to get elected?

    Don't believe it! It's a hollow campaign promise.

    August 8, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Cane

    Things sure are bad and Obama has only made it worse. God love him if he had wokred at an executive capacity other than 18 months Senate he might be better prepared. On top of the all that I think our country is becoming more partisan than it was even than when Bush was in office.

    August 8, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Rick

    Republicans make me sick they don't have the answers the only thing they can do is spread fear and hate just like Hitler.

    August 8, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. carlos, nice fellow

    another unpaid ad by cnn for the repugnants................but this reptile is not going to win the virginia governorship....DEEDS is the man

    August 8, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. aware

    The arrogant, frozen Obama has so far proven himself to be untrustworthy. He says one thing and does another!

    I am an Independent who is totally embarrassed by this narcissistic guy with an absolute lack of integrity, listening skills, wisdom and heart! :(

    August 8, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Mario, mtl, ca.

    No you tell me

    August 8, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. mike,Texas

    Well Bob you and your partys policies bankrupted america and for some reason you now think we care what you or your party think.Have a nice weekend in the hamptons with your goverment healthcare thats good enough for you but not the rest of the country.

    August 8, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |