McDonnell still open to VP spot
April 25th, 2012
09:53 AM ET
3 years ago

McDonnell still open to VP spot

(CNN) - Doing little to quiet vice presidential speculation, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia said he is open to assisting presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney capture the White House in any way he can.

"Anybody who asks me to help the party or help the ticket in some way so we can get Mitt Romney elected, you know I'm willing to consider doing," McDonnell told an Indiana GOP Spring Dinner Tuesday night. "But there's a lot of great people in our party and there's a really deep bench and a lot of people could serve Mitt Romney well."

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The former state attorney general said he is not campaigning for the position and is happy serving as governor of Virginia, but continued to leave the door open to serving as Romney's No. 2.

"That's completely a choice that Mitt Romney needs to make about what he thinks that he would like to have as a running mate, and we'll just have to stay tuned and see what he says," McDonnell said, according to CNN affiliate WISH.

McDonnell's name is continually floated as part of the VP speculation that is front and center now that Romney is the all-but-declared Republican nominee.

A recent CNN/ORC International poll showed 1% of registered voters would pick McDonnell for the position, a figure largely based on name recognition. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice nabbed the top spot, followed by former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

McDonnell hails from the important battleground of Virginia and repeatedly touts his record in the state, which has included a drop in unemployment and a budget surplus. However, he received national headlines earlier in the year when he signed into law a controversial bill requiring women to have an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion.

A super PAC supporting McDonnell released an ad this week in support of the term-limited governor, pointing to the commonwealth's economic recovery.

McDonnell endorsed Romney in January ahead of his state's primary and recently reiterated his openness to the VP spot during an appearance on CNN's "John King, USA."

"I'm chairman of the Republican Governors Association, so I want to win lots of Republican governor's races this year, but if somebody called me, I'd sure think about it," McDonnell said in February.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Bob McDonnell • Mitt Romney
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I don't think that Bob "War against Women" McDonnell would be a good choice for VP. From a right wing point of view, McDonnell could be an excellent choice, a definitive statement of strength and morals. I say go for it.

    April 25, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Will the personhood candidate for president choose the invasive procedure governor as a running mate?

    April 25, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. MaryM

    Yea right, let put Mr. Bob, transvaginalprobe, McDonnell in as the VP candidate. Not gonna happen

    April 25, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Mr. Vag!nal Pr0be himself. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    April 25, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Bill

    Sorry, Bob, the country does not want a trans-vaginal governor on the ticket. You blew it big time with your stance on these issues. Not what needed in the general.

    April 25, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. T'sah From Virginia

    ►McDonnell still open to VP spot◄
    And he thinks that will win him in VA – NOT!
    VA is for Obama – just look at the polls
    McDonnell needs to sit down – his wishes are OLD!!

    (I haven't had a raise in three years and on top o that, you took 2% of my salary away from me while you take funds and spend it on your pet projects!!)

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    April 25, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. CRYSTAL BALL

    more lies

    April 25, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. MaryM

    Not a chance in hades

    April 25, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Yeah, put a supporter of rape-like vaginal probing on the ticket and just watch how many women write the GOBP cult off for good.

    April 25, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Is Mitt a Git?

    Look at this picture–what is he doing, or thinking?

    Go ahead and sink the Republican ticket by courting Romney for the VP spot. No one will really help him win the WH, and especially not you.

    April 25, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. carly

    Just what we need the vaginal ultrasound king as VP. On the other hand that would just be another assurance that Romney will be wiped out in November.

    April 25, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Mario

    I like it when I here Republicans in the SOUTH say they're better off with 4 more years of Obama than Romney. I travel a lot and here it on the Radio all the time. The South does not like Romney. that's more Republican vote for Obama

    April 25, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    McDonnell?

    Looks like the GOP didn't learn anything from the McCain/Palin debacle. Theyr'e already choosing someone completely inept and unqualified to run for president, and this is what they're thinking about for VP?

    I see a landslide victory for Obama/Biden. Thank goodness. Intelligence and common sense in the White House for another four years.

    April 25, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. once upon a horse

    yeah add him and see how the female vote rushes to the GOP then.

    April 25, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Tony

    Transvaginal Ultrasound + Gender Gap = Inevitable Loss

    April 25, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Governor Transvaginal Probe doesn't have my vote in Virginia and he definitely won't have it if he's on the Presidential ticket.

    April 25, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Judging by the photo, I can see why he thinks Mitt might pick him as VP.

    April 25, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Susan in NC

    As a former Virginia resident whose family all live in Virginia, I think they're ALL ashamed of their Governor and really, really sorry now that he was elected. Go for it, Mitt! 'Ol Bob would be a grand choice! OBAMA 2012

    April 25, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    go for it Mittens.....lose not only your state (states?) but this dope's also as you lose in a landslide

    April 25, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Tom-n-NoVA

    As someone who lives and grew up in VA let me tell everyone, many Virginian's wil MAKE SURE the nation knows that McDonnell is NOT a mederate AT all. He advocated for...and signed a law that FORCES women to undergo an UNNEEDED and UNWANTED medical procedure for getting a LEGAL abortion. Say what you want about abortion..but forcing someone that has commited NO CRIME to undergo an invasive medical procedure unagainst their weill is HORRIFIC and the largest invasion of Govt into personal lives of the individual possible.

    April 25, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. peculiarwriter

    "Anybody who asks me to help the party..."

    Well that sums it up, doesn't here? He's a suggestion, Bobby boy, why don't you do something to HELP THE COUNTRY??? I hate living in Virginia. :(

    April 25, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. peculiarwriter

    "Anybody who asks me to help the party..."

    Well there's a big problem right there. Here's a suggestion, Bobby boy: why don't you do something to help your COUNTRY?

    I hate living in Virginia. :(

    April 25, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Fredo

    So here is my question for evangelicals: Is a vote for Romney a vote to "normalize" Mormonism? The LDS church is the fastest growing in the country. Many evangelicals do not consider it a "Christian" church, but rather a "cult" that believes in non-traditional teachings. Evangelicals- Will you still turn out for Romney?

    April 25, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Jon in Virginia

    Yes I hope that the Republicans are dumb enough to pick Governor Ultrasound for VP. Obama will surely win Virginia then and the White House and McDonnell, as well as George Allen, will be yesterday's news!!

    April 25, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. rs

    If what he said ["But there's a lot of great people in our party and there's a really deep bench and a lot of people could serve Mitt Romney well."] is true, how did the GOP wind up with the utterly lame and crazy batch they did running for President?
    Mr. Romney had better pick well because his credentials are so thin, and his inability to lead so obvious he had better pick a real stateman as VP. That means no TEA Party lunatics if he wants any credibility at all.

    April 25, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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