McDonnell still open to VP spot
April 25th, 2012
09:53 AM ET
2 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. Matthew Kilburn

    "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."

    The most logical of logical restrictions on abortion. Of course, I don't think women should ever have abortions, except in very limited circumstances (health/life...I'll concede Rape). Requiring an ultrasound just brings forward the real consequences of an abortion: The fact that it ISN'T just about the woman no longer being pregnant.

    April 25, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. glorydays

    Yep, "I want to control women" Bob would finish off Mitt completely....

    April 25, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Kevin

    He will not be on the ticket, as a state employee he is not popular here and the GOP needs to win Va

    April 25, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Bill, NY

    Someone should tell this guy to keep his tongue in his mouth!

    April 25, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. julie

    no let him be onthe VP ticket..................Plesae let him be on the ticket.......that would be beautiful OH Mormon GODS let willard vett him and he says yes.....SWEET

    Obama 2012

    April 25, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Well if Mittens is willing to lose the 3 women and 5 African-Americans that are still willing to vote for him by adding Mr. "Slavery? What Slavery" and "free vaginal ultrasounds for every woman" to his ticket, then by all means he should go right ahead and pick McDonnell.
    Obama 2012. Because Mittens is going to lose no matter who his VP is .

    April 25, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Jon

    Do people still seriously think it won't be Rubio? It's been obvious for ages now...

    April 25, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Romney is not My Hero

    PLEASE pick this guy as VP! This will run all the women away just like Allen West is running all the black people away (well the 3 or 4 that would have voted for you). Go Mitty, Go!!!

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 25, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. hank

    Gov. Ultra Sound is rather obsessed with passing laws regulating women's bodies. He would help the Democrats.

    April 25, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. mfx3

    Nah, McDonnell killed any chance he had when he passed that ridiculous vaginal ultrasound law in VA. Romney doesn't want an anti-women extremist in his corner, he's already having trouble appealing to female voters.

    April 25, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Bill

    The VP needs to be quality and this nut is not the one. We cannot afford four more years of the Food Stamp King

    April 25, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Steve in CT

    His approval rating took a nose dive after that ultrasound bill was signed. So did the Virginia Legislature. He won't be reelected

    April 25, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Eddie The Barber

    Mitt will go with a youngish woman Hispanic and try to solve three of his problems (the youth vote, the Hispanic vot and the women's vote). Susana Martinez will be his nominee regardless of what she says about not being interested. Accepting the nomination will put her in line with her boss – her first nationally recognized Flip Flop – just sake the etch-a-sketch, forget the past and start over again. Boy are we in for it if this guy gets elected.

    April 25, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. BEACHBUM3

    I personal hope that bob mcdonnel accepts mitts offer to run on the repbulcian ticket with him for the veep slot. that way when the both of them lose in the november election the psople of virginia an the nation will have been gotten rid of two for the price of one. ani know that this entire country an the state of virginia will surely be the better off forit thank you

    April 25, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. joe

    Aren't they going to at least pretend to be considering a woman? Interview someone, feed speculation, (then dump her), to woo the female votes?

    April 25, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. mb2010a

    His picture looks like he is part of a SNL skit...Governor Rick Perry signed the same law in Texas and it's going to cost him his governorship the nest time he runs. Bt all means, put him on the ticket with Mitt. Rubio is just as bad...

    April 25, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. JLFuller

    For Republicans the list of party members with potential to become good national leaders is comforting. Governors and a few Senators like we have seen recenlty come across as talented, intersting and well balanced. Looking at the Democrat sie, where no moderate dares raise his head, only the radical far left survives. That makes for an easy vote for Americans. In a way that is too bad because some liberal politicians have a bit of common sense or at least you would HOPE there are some. We don't see many but I am sure there has to be a few. Maybe not many but some.

    April 25, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Gfoos

    Read his 1989 Master's Thesis that he wrote when he was 34 years old. Look it up and read it- that'll tell you all you need to know about what Gov Bob thinks about women working outside the home and gay rights.

    April 25, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. yogi

    "But there's a lot of great people in our party....." Greatness is not a word that I would use for anything or anyone in the GOP. Just look at the field of candidates they came up with, a very sad state of affairs, and the last one standing? Ditto.
    Obama 2012.

    April 25, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    I understand how difficult it can be for an African-American in today’s society. In fact, I can relate to black people very well indeed. My ancestors once owned slaves, and it is in my lineage to work closely with the black community. However, just because they were freed over a century ago doesn’t mean they can now be freeloaders. They need to be told to work hard, and the incentives just aren’t there for them anymore. When I’m president I plan to work closely with the black community to bring a sense of pride and work ethic back into view for them. – Willard Milton Romney
    -----------------------------------------------
    With statements like this Willard, Gov. TVP should not even be in your top three. Rewind the tape to 2 years ago and look at the controversy he stirred up in Virginia over having a Confederate History Month.

    April 25, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. the dogs of war

    i love the waaa invasive procedure crowd. whats more invasive than jumping into bed with a man and pointing your toes to Jesus for your own pleasure and then failing to take responsibility for your actions?

    April 25, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. j mann

    @Matthew Kilburn- easily said for a man. I have a feeling most women don't give a flying fig what you think.

    April 25, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    @Bill in NY]
    I wonder WHAT he is trying to do with his tongue gesturing - kinda weird.

    April 25, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. johnwharton518@yahoo.com

    He can't be re-elected as governor of Va. anyway. Term limits mandate only one term.

    April 25, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Jim Guinnessey

    McDonnell is to the right of Rick Santorum. I imagine if Romney wants the idiot vote McDonnell might be his VP choice over Paul Ryan or Marco Rubio.

    April 25, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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