McDonnell for VP?
February 22nd, 2011
08:33 AM ET
10 years ago

McDonnell for VP?

(CNN) – Forget about the speculation over who will win the Republican nomination next year. Maybe it's time to think about which rising GOP star will occupy the No. 2 spot on the ticket.

Most Republicans are coy when it comes to whether they'd accept the job if it was offered, but popular Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell isn't hiding the ball: he'd likely say yes.

"Probably," a succinct McDonnell responded Monday when asked by Virginia's NBC12 if it would be difficult to turn down an offer to join the GOP presidential ticket.

McDonnell, who was elected in 2009 and then quickly tapped to deliver the rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union Address last year, added his focus still remains on Virginia and not on national ambitions.

Still, the Republican governor is enjoying a 57 approval rating, according to a recent poll, and quietly became one of the most sought after attractions on the GOP money circuit ahead of the midterm elections.

McDonnell also doesn't have to worry about deciding between running for reelection or pursuing another political position in 2012: Virginia governors are only permitted to serve one term.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Bob McDonnell
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. diridi

    who is this dude?????new face, with old mess this nation....

    February 22, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. sharon know that "mama grizzly" and "wacky bachman" and witchy McDonald would have to approve of this.........................................................will the 3 mentioned approve? No. He might seem more popular....can't have that....
    "they" have to have ALL the light on them, don't ya know?

    February 22, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. Michael tampa

    Maybe not, keep on this tea party train and none of the republicans will be going anywhere. Enough of the crazies!

    February 22, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    McDonnell delivered the rebuttal to President Obama
    Yep, with an audience full of family and a lot of drama
    They claim, [The Republican governor is enjoying a 57 approval rating]
    What? Poll done in Roanoke, VA – small pockets – a lot of hating!

    Did you know he’s “trying” to take millions from education?
    He wants to give it all to VA Transportation!!!!
    Yea, he claimed he will not raise TAXES to accomplish this task
    But did those who elected him thought it would be education he BLASTS!!!

    McDonnell for VP – if he’s so great – why not go
    to the top of the scale – run for President – join the show
    with all of the other “scrap” that’s running, including their mamma
    who think they win in 2012 and beat President Obama!!!!

    McDonnell will not be P, VP, or any other acronym in 2012!!!

    February 22, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. johnRJ08

    Oh, he's a perfect GOP candidate. A religious zealot who wants to tell all Americans how to live their lives according to his interpretation of the Bible. Why not make him the presidential candidate? I mean, we've all seen how theocracies have worked in the Mideast. Let's just go for it. We can change the name of the country to Christianland.

    February 22, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Maybe they'd take Christie out of NJ! He hasn't done much other than be a bully.

    February 22, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Clwyd

    McDonnell??? Oh, I thought for a minute it was the witch from Delaware had pulled some Voodoo magic and was coming back from her ignorance. She needs a smart spell! Republicans have to pick qualified candidates!

    February 22, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. odd

    Why would the repuglicans think they better get started on their number 2 spot? There won,t even be a number 1 spot!!!! LOL Look down in the poor South,youll find alot of repugs down their!!!! How about DeMint,he,s Rich,and dirt poor! He,s a shoe in for the repugs!!!!!

    February 22, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. rusty155

    I really don't think It madder , I think the Republican wrong win now be cause they are trying too take people right a way buy taking the Union a way. That the people choice. Not the Government, Or the Republican Party , or the Tea Party Or the Koch's Brother.

    February 22, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. jacquie

    I wouldn't vote for that jerk. He is only popular with the people with no critical reasoning skills.

    February 22, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. james Miller

    Every Repub wants to "serve our country" as POTUS. --What better way to "feather your nest" than to be an X Pres.

    February 22, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |