McDonnell's Va. ads are about his state, not himself, spokesman says
April 30th, 2012
07:57 PM ET
2 years ago

McDonnell's Va. ads are about his state, not himself, spokesman says

(CNN) – Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is not running for re-election next year. He can't by law. Yet a glowing ad buy from his political action committee has hit the airwaves and sparked questions as to why he needs the publicity.

The ad, released last week, features a stream of Virginians pointing to the state's job growth and budget surplus. "Jobs and opportunity are thriving again," McDonnell said at the end of the spot. "Virginia is growing strong, and so is our future."

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McDonnell, term-limited for governor, has been characterized as a potential vice presidential pick for Mitt Romney. Using the new ads, could he be trying to make his case?

A spokesman for the governor, Tucker Martin, denied McDonnell had made the commercial to boost his reputation. Tucker told USA Today in a story published Monday that the ads were targeting Virginians, not Romney's "veep" search committee.

"These ads aren't running in Boston," Martin said, referring to Romney's campaign headquarters. "They're running in South Boston, Va. These are ads celebrating Virginia and Virginians."

His comments came amid swirling speculation in recent days that the Virginia ads were part of an effort to ramp up the governor's favorability ratings in the state, or perhaps sharpen his image while his name is floated as a potential vice presidential pick.

And last week McDonnell suggested he was eager to help Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, win the election in any way he could.

"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. "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."

He added the running mate choice is "completely a choice that Mitt Romney needs to make" and "we'll just have to stay tuned and see what he says."

While Virginia's unemployment rate has dropped since he took office, recent polls have shown slipping approval ratings for the governor, especially after he signed a controversial bill requiring women to have an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion.

McDonnell endorsed Romney in January ahead of his state's primary, which Romney won handily on March 6, Super Tuesday.

– CNN's Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Bob McDonnell • Mitt Romney • Virginia
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. B

    This guy is Sarah Palin, the male version.

    April 30, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. Gfoos

    Read Bob McDonell's Masters Thesis he wrote when he was 34 years old. THAT tells you what he thinks of Women. Google it.

    April 30, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. Gfoos

    Virginia's economy is driven by FEDERAL GOVERNMENT jobs in the Northern part of the state.

    April 30, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. Bob

    Bob McDonnell is a political superstar, he would make a great VP.

    April 30, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    Hmm, I wonder if the jobs dropped because of the stimulus that SAVED my job??? Hmm, I wonder if the jobs improved because of the 2% salaries that some county workers had to give up (schools in particular). The unemployment rate was not high in the first place. I believe that the "unemployment" drop was due to the "overall" unemployment rate...........PERIOD!

    McDonnell's problem is his far-right views! He and Romney are on the same page about women and we're not having it!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    April 30, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. Thomas

    He's not evan running again , talk about spending tax payers money !

    He would sell his soul to the devil just to be VP.

    Expectations can kill ya !

    April 30, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    What the hell. Is Mitt throwing some sort of fancy pageant walk popularity contest for potential VPs? Christie. Guiliani. Ayotte. McDonnell. How dignified is this newest Mitt Romney Celebrity Contestant TV show working out for the potential candidates, beyond lowering themself to a losing beauty pageant contestant?

    Give it up GOPers. Mitt isn't what America needs. He just isn't.

    April 30, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Virginia has too many smart people to fall for this ploy. It's time to throw the Tea Party types out and return to a more moderate and civil form of government.

    April 30, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. Thomas

    The ad, released last week, features a stream of Virginians pointing to the state's job growth and budget surplus. "Jobs and opportunity are thriving again," McDonnell said at the end of the spot. "Virginia is growing strong, and so is our future."

    THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA !

    April 30, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. d

    Too bad ur state was so short sighted in voting you and your fellow human rights criminals into office....but like mi. ms. tx. az. i would not ever step foot in ur state...it is just a single person boycotte...but u wont be getting my hard earned money...oh and fl and wi too.

    April 30, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. bidingo

    Is this Ultrasound Mc Donald? One of the generals in the GOP waging the war on women?

    May 1, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Another Koch Puppet!

    May 1, 2012 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  13. Orwell reports

    McDonnell, responsible for bin laden's death. Good VP Material.

    May 1, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |