Romney: Virginia could decide the election
May 3rd, 2012
03:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney: Virginia could decide the election

(CNN) – The importance of the presidential vote in Virginia was not lost on Mitt Romney when he appeared in the state on Thursday beside popular Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, ahead of President Barack Obama's official re-election launch in the state on Saturday.

"Now politics is underway, it's underway again. You're going to hear it all right here in Virginia," Romney said at an event in Portsmouth, Virginia. "This may well be the state who decides who the next president is."

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Republican Gov. McDonnell said "it's a very tough path for a Republican to win the presidency without winning Virginia."

"Everybody knows Virginia's in play," McDonnell added after the campaign event.

Virginia, a state Obama won with almost 53% of the vote in 2008, is considered one of the most competitive general election states and Romney used his event in the commonwealth to take it to the president on issues intended to resonate with voters in the state.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee stressed the importance of an energy plan that would utilize Virginia's resources including those found above and below the ground and reiterated his commitment to the military and its veterans. Virginia has the largest veteran population of any U.S. state.

While Obama is "intent on reducing our commitment to our military," Romney said he would increase the production of military equipment, add active duty personnel and "make sure our veterans get the care they so richly deserve."

McDonnell, a Romney supporter who is often mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick, said Romney will reverse actions taken by the president that have hurt veterans.

"We understand that this president has not always taken care of veterans, has not always made the best decision for the United States of America's military, has cut our investment in defense. You're going to see a sea change in our support for the military and veterans with President Mitt Romney," McDonnell said.

Obama is scheduled to hold rallies in Virginia and Ohio on Saturday to officially kick off his second bid for the White House, but Virginia's governor offered no praise for the incumbent president.

"Well you remember three and a half years ago we heard that tune about hope and change? And now what do we have? We have recession and division and malaise. It's time for a change," McDonnell said.

– CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Bob McDonnell • Mitt Romney • Virginia
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    "Well you remember three and a half years ago we heard that tune about hope and change? And now what do we have? We have recession and division and malaise. It's time for a change," McDonnell said.
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    And DEBT, LOTS of DEBT, DEBT as far as the eye can see. And foodstamps, LOTS of food stamps, food stamps as far a sthe eye can see. And EXCUSES and FINGERPOINTING, LOTS of EXCUSES and FINGERPOINTING, as far as the eye can see. You get the picture.

    May 3, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Bill

    He will never win in Northern Virginia. And, as northern Virginia goes, so does the state. Nice try Mittens.

    May 3, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Toni

    is this guy ever gonna lose the skirt & hold an actual Press Confrence & take Questions???? Dout it To much of a Girly Man!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Wirad.e Palladin, S. F.

    Everyone know that Mittens cannot win without Florida. That is why he spent $15 million in the primary and Rove has been running negative ads for 4 months.

    May 3, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Wirad.e Palladin, S. F.

    Personhood Mittens will have to flip flop on his anti women platform if he has any hope of winning VA>

    May 3, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Toni

    Yae Mitt , Where were you when it came to the Military??? Please daddy rich Mormon, Please can you send me to France???? Thanks daddy rich mormon????

    May 3, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Brilliant observation. Any state could turn the election.

    May 3, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Tyrone

    Mittens, time to get your Cowardly self out you bubble & take questions, & no not a gimmie a kiss interview with Fox. Real Journalist.

    May 3, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Corporations Are People

    Gov Jobless parading around with Gov Ultrasound. Virginia will help push Obama to a landslide win again. Willard is a bad joke.

    May 3, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    CNN let's tell the truth. The confederate probing governor of Virginia is NOT popular in his state.
    The President is JOT aboutnreducing the military on the contrary but ghat would mean having to look up the REAL facts and he and kyl just can't handle the truth. Of course Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden'snhelp for our troops and families doesn't count either.
    Even if the probing governor were to make it to vp he CAN'T DO A DARN THING TO REVERSE ANYTHING! Goodness are you becoming as stuoid as the AK bimbo now?
    We don't have a recession, not that itnwould affect you one iota! The division is from your tespublikan party against the President zinc malaise? Is this like the trees are the right height. You want to explain this stupid comment? malaise of what??!?!!!

    May 3, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    While Obama is "intent of reducing our commitment to our military," Romney said he would increase the production of military equipment, add active duty personnel and "make sure our veterans get the care they so richly deserve."

    Continuing your ignorance on another subject you know nothing of Willard? Will your sons be joining this active duty personnel you speak of?

    BTW – Americans are still waiting on YOUR plans to move our country forward or are they still a secret?

    May 3, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We understand that this president has not always taken care of veterans, has not always made the best decision for the United States of America's military, has cut our investment in defense. You're going to see a sea change in our support for the military and veterans with President Mitt Romney," McDonnell said."
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    Going to have to drop my rhetoric and just call this what it is: blatant lies on so many levels.

    I have no idea what Mitt Romney represents anymore. Honest decency is definitely not his strong suit.

    May 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. hoping for change

    It's time to get some financial competence into government.

    Romney 2012

    May 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. king

    Ahh mitt the people in Virginia is NT as gullible as you think. They wont allow you to strip their spending money and golive it to the rich so you can keep building up China._

    May 3, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Independent Voters

    Romney is a big liar and flip flop, VA will come oout strong for president Obama. Romney does not have agenda how he going to keep jobs in america. Romney outsource so many jobs.

    May 3, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    Any one who supports got to be an idiot. Flip-flop, bain capital.

    May 3, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    There have been no military cuts yet and the problems with veteran's care date back to the Bush reign of error. Rmoney just can't stop lying.

    May 3, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    sorry Mittens but your lies are getting tiresome.....WHO sent soldiers to Iraq without proper body armor? WHO sent them w/ vehicles not IED-tested? WHO provided contaminated water and faulty electric that killed or injured soldiers? It certainly wasn't Obama. Obama wants to wind down the overall count of soldiers and follow what was agreed to by the supercommitte to cut defense spending. Of course as soon as it became apparent that it would happen the GOP backtracks (what a surprise) and says no. You want to increase defense spending, cut programs, cut taxes, repeal the AHCA and somehow magically reduce the debt. It ain't gonna happen no matter what fuzzy math you use and anyone with a brain knows it

    May 3, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. livingston

    Virginia? Okay, then don't bother coming to Pennsylvania. We have better things to do. You know that people who live in the other states are listening to you say these silly things, right?

    May 3, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Tony

    The election is already decided. Romney will not overcome the gender gap, the personality gap, the enthusiasm gap, the gap in his tax plan (his tax plan will reduce government revenue by over 3 trillion in the next 10 years, which will add to the deficit, since Romney does not explain what spending he will cut to make up the loss), vision gap (he will do whatever opposite of Obama; this probably means that he would not have taken out bin Laden if he were the president), not to mention credibility gap (even Republicans know that he is a flip-flopper).

    May 3, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "And DEBT, LOTS of DEBT, DEBT as far as the eye can see. And foodstamps, LOTS of food stamps, food stamps as far a sthe eye can see. And EXCUSES and FINGERPOINTING, LOTS of EXCUSES and FINGERPOINTING, as far as the eye can see. You get the picture."

    Yes DEBT created by Bush and your GOBP cult. Foodstamps needed more because Bush and your GOBP cult crashed the economy and increased the gap between rich and poor. LOTS of EXCUSES from you GOBP cowards who lack the guts to stand up and own your insanity. Be proud of it; it's what you fight for mindlessly every day. You get the picture.

    May 3, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    Nice big enthusiastic lookin' crowd there, Rmoney. More press than voters?

    May 3, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Toni - Yae Mitt , Where were you when it came to the Military???
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    When did Obama serve in the military? Answer: Never.

    BTW, since military service is so important to you, did you vote for John McCain in 2008? He DID serve in the military for many years.

    May 3, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. tigerakabj

    Please Mitt. Pres. Obama is up by 2 in Arizona for crying out loud. 2 days from now the 60,000 + people energy-generating rallies will begin with Pres Obama, then Michelle, and then Bill Clinton from coast to coast firing people up in stadiums you couldn't draw 1,000 people in (like you tried to do in Michigan 2 months ago). Whatever states you have a slim lead in won't last long. Additionally, whatever states they occur in, expect Pres. Obama's poll numbers to rise big time. You and Rove can scream "celebrity" all you want but it won't do any good.

    I look forward to seeing your "me too" & "I know what you are, but what am I" strategy wiped up by a professional organization.

    Obama/Biden/E.Warren 2012

    May 3, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Michael

    "Well you remember three and a half years ago we heard that tune about hope and change? And now what do we have? We have recession and division and malaise. It's time for a change," McDonnell said.
    =============================================================================================
    And DEBT, LOTS of DEBT, DEBT as far as the eye can see. And foodstamps, LOTS of food stamps, food stamps as far a sthe eye can see. And EXCUSES and FINGERPOINTING, LOTS of EXCUSES and FINGERPOINTING, as far as the eye can see. You get the picture."

    HA!! HA!! The irony of your statement!! Obama has created more debt than all past presidents... COMBINED.

    May 3, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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