Romney: Virginia could decide the election
May 3rd, 2012
03:18 PM ET
2 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. CAMARA

    Mitt aka cheater, he is hiding his money outside the country. He want us to trust him with our money.

    May 3, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    These idiots are forgetting 2 WARS drain on economy with REAGAN TRICKLE DOWN nonsense...we do not forget those like we do not forget 9/11....I vote for our Obbie. My favorite pres. Obama.

    May 3, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Lolo

    Well if this is true Mittens you lose. @ hoping for change, do you make a million dollars a year? If not you better use what little brains you have left and vote accordingly. Quit building up Mittens ego that he is a financial genius (which he is not). He is a corporate raider and that is all. I can not even believe that this man went to Harvard and earned two degrees from the way he is running his campaign. This man is scared of his own shadow. Norquist said it best with his comment that all they need is a president to hold a pen and sign their legislation into law. So in other words Mittens is the puppet with no mind of his own just like you

    May 3, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Boo

    Wonder how Romney is gonna pander to Virginia....this guy is a such a phony...

    May 3, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Wake up people

    This governor is popular?? Wow, women in West Virgina want to be probed?? I don't believe anything Mittens says but I do wonder about all of those rednecks down there that hate the POTUS just because he's black. They would vote for Lucifer over President Obama.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 3, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. DRod

    Typical Faux-Noise post.

    "Obama will pardon his fellow_d arkie no matter what congress does"

    The American people are sick and tired of Faux-Noise and the Republican Party BS and their policies that divide us.

    May 3, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. warren

    poor mitt! Does not have a clue.

    May 3, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    @DRod (who responded to comment of "Obama will pardon his fellow_d arkie no matter what congress does")

    The American people are sick and tired of Faux-Noise and the Republican Party BS and their policies that divide us.
    ------------

    Amen.

    The American people are sick and tired of Faux-Noise and the Republican Party BS and their policies that divide us.

    May 3, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Corporations Are People

    Boo

    Wonder how Romney is gonna pander to Virginia....this guy is a such a phony...
    ------------------------------------------–
    Willard will claim he's a Wahoo lovin' Hokie who wanted to go to James Madison and looked at buying George Mason because the trees were all the right height on campus. While saying that he'll sport a VCU hat, Richmond Spider polo shirt with the requisite mom jeans....there'll be no mention of Norfolk, VA Union, nor Hampton since they wouldn't register with him. You get the drift.

    May 3, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. DRod

    More Faux-Noise BS

    "Obama campaign slogan mercilessly mocked"

    The Faux-Noise drones are going crazy for the fresh meat Faux-Noise throws out there. Reminds me of a shark feeding frenzy where they start eating each other.

    May 3, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. michaelam

    Yes, Bishop R-Money, Virginia will play a role in deciding this year's election. Women reside in VA and women vote. Because Gov. McDonnell supported state sanctioned raping of women, there is not a doubt in my mind that women will be out in full force and NOT voting for Bishop R-Money. Just like 2008, VA will go to President Obama!

    STOP THE WAR ON WOMEN AND PASS SOME REAL JOB'S BILLS! Rebuild our country NOW!!!!

    May 3, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. sweet brown

    ROMNEY:2012, OBAMA:NEVER

    May 3, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. ARMYCSM

    NOT the One!

    May 3, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. the Situation

    Okay there Mitt. You realize that if you don't win Ohio the Election is over. No, I repeat no GOP president has ever been elected w/o carrying Ohio. Also, looking at the map, you have no room for error. Basically, you have win all the States that Obama won and Kerry carried in the last 2 elections to have any chance of winning. Virginia might be in play but if the other swing states aren't, it doesn't matter.

    May 3, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Sorensen

    Wrong!! Romney will decide the election. His party hates him, most intelligent people hate him, women hate him,
    young people hate him, gay people hate him, sick people hate him, half of the crazy bible-bangers hate him, the Bain
    people probably start to hate him after all the damage he has done to their image, etc,etc.
    As to the rest, apart from the toothless NRA members, probably are starting to feel sorry for him. As they should.

    May 3, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Virginia may be in the running to make that decision but I guarantee you that decision will be made this week and it won't be Mitt Romney. Romney just opened his mouth regarding the Chinese dissident and accused Obama of not showing the U.S. stands up for freedom. This is going to backfire big time on Romney, just like Obama's secret trip to Afghan. Romney is not prepared to be a U.S. President.

    May 3, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Marilyn

    .....just sent another donation to Warren's campaign as I read this.

    May 3, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. J Jones

    Don't get too excited Virginia. He's gonna say that in every state.

    May 3, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Jeff

    Gov says all we have recession and malaise. Funny, the stock market has nearly doubled since Obama took office. Mitt's call to let GM fail appears to be a totally wrong economic move. Oh yeah, and the guys who caused a whole lot of damage to our military left office four years ago – remember when Dick Cheney gave all those no-bid contracts to Halliburton to electrocute soldiers in the shower and how horrible VA health was under that regime.

    Apparently Mitt has spent too much time in a fantasy world.

    May 3, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "The Faux-Noise drones are going crazy for the fresh meat Faux-Noise throws out there. Reminds me of a shark feeding frenzy where they start eating each other."

    Indeed. And "chum" is a fantastic analogy for the quality of "information" and "journalism" that goes on at Faux and the rest of the MSM: "fish refuse or scraps discarded by a cannery" (often used to attract fish or sharks by throwing it in the water). That's right. Ever wonder what might really be in your cans of tuna? Well, this is the stuff that Starkist won't even put in the can...but apparently, imbecile Amurikans around the country prefer it to the stuff that actually made it into the can.

    May 3, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    May 1, 2012: PPP releases poll showing Obama has an 8 point lead over Deputy Doublethink in VA.

    May 3, 2012: Deputy Doublethink admits it's a giant problem for him.

    May 3, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    Will somebody tell this sociorobot cretin that lies are NOT going to get him elected. Nos just lies, but blatant untruths about things he knows nothing about.
    It didn't work for mcnasty or the rest of the pack of clowns he was running against and it's NOT going to work now.
    I never really like this greasy excuse of a limp man but he is now really and truly getting on my nerves.
    Nothing says low class and desperate than a lying person. What a tangle web we weave when first we practice to deceive because the more you lie the more deep in mud you sink and there's no coming back.

    May 3, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Name mw

    Barring a major scandal or economic collapse Obama has this election already. Anyone who believes otherwise is misinformed or delusional.

    May 3, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. AL in West Palm Beach

    "this is state might be the one that determine the outcome of this election"

    this and "this is very troubling" are Robmey's more used lines....

    can't he use that $10K bet and hire a speech-writer?

    May 3, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "And now what do we have? We have recession and division and malaise. It's time for a change," "

    Recession ended many moons ago, Chief Hoohoo Probe. Either you're selling a very intentional lie OR you don't understand what a recession is. Choose.

    May 3, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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