McDonnell ready to lead GOP group if Perry runs
July 17th, 2011
01:42 PM ET
11 years ago

McDonnell ready to lead GOP group if Perry runs

Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) – Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Saturday he is "absolutely" ready to take the helm of the Republican Governors Association if the current chairman, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, decides to step down and run for president.

McDonnell is the current Vice Chairman of the RGA, meaning he is next in line for the chairmanship.

He told CNN he "would love to" lead the group, which raises money for Republican gubernatorial candidates and political activity in the states.

"I would have to still enjoy the support and confidence of colleagues, and I have talked to a couple of them about that and told them I would be very interested and honored to be the leader for the next year and a half, for the 2012 session," he said.

The role would allow McDonnell, a rising star within the GOP, to travel the country and raise his profile among party activists and donors alike.

The organization, a 527 group that can solicit corporate money and take unlimited contributions, emerged as a leading GOP fundraising operation under the chairmanship of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour during 2010 election cycle, when it raised $117 million.

Though he praised Perry's record as a governor and as RGA chairman, McDonnell gushed about the prospect of a Perry presidential bid.

"The key to winning is uniting social and economic conservatives, and a guy like Rick Perry, who has the best job creation record in the country for a governor and clearly has both evangelicals and Tea Party people excited about his candidacy, represents the kind of guy that can win," he told CNN.

Filed under: 2012 • Bob McDonnell • Republicans • RGA • Rick Perry
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rick Perry aka George W. Bush, Cheney/Halliburton et al, Karl Rove et al, Koch Brothers all from big oil country, Texas, should I say anymore. None of these rich oil men are crying broke if anything they are crying for more tax free dollars.

    July 17, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. independent

    Great. I successionist running for President of a Country of which he wants no part – unless he's running it.

    July 17, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. michaelam

    One loser might replace another loser as ChairMAN of the RGA if the current loser decides to run for President and loses.....shocker! Such losers those Republican/Teahadists!

    July 17, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Rick Perry, who has the best job creation record in the country”

    McDonnell please read Time magazine crating a jobs is different stealing from other states is different
    President must focus on actual creation of jobs not moving the jobs form one state to other
    Rick Perry Can’t steel jobs form Latin America, China, and India so it has to be new invention. When its come to invention republicans has Zero knowledge

    July 17, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. B

    Blind leading the Blind..

    July 17, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. ggibson

    The past 12 years I have been voting whoever ran agaisnt the GOP people that claimed to believe in Jesus but violate his principles at every turn. The past 12 years I have voted against the GOP people that talk about the Consitution and Freedom but violate them at home and in other peoples countries (bringing terrorism onto us). The past 12 years I have voted against the GOP people that talk a big game about taxes and small government, but increase both every chance they get.

    This is not just me. There are many more of us than the partisans. We dont care about political parties. We care about American principles being violated constantly by power hungry central government fraudsters and bribe takers and their fearful followers.

    This is real simple. The GOP will let go of the past mistakes and correct them. The GOP will support Liberty as the foundation for all their solutions for REAL not just in advertising their brand. The GOP will let the one who has been most true to these American principles Ron Paul lead. Or else.

    Or else we will once again vote against the GOP by voting for Obama (or anyone else) that will cost the GOP the most.


    July 17, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. OnTheRoad

    I just wonder what is in the water that some of the people are drinking when they talk about how great Perry has been for Texas? I mean really, he has placed us into a 25 billion dollar hole! Everyone bad mouths the idiots in Califorina, but Perry has placed Texas right there with them! And the GOP can't say that it is the tax and spend DEMS here in Texas that has done it. The GOP have been in charge here in Texas for 18 years under Bush and then Perry!

    July 17, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. normajean

    If this is the kind of leadership the voters want.....that's exactly what they'll get with a Republican vote. They have already indicated what programs they want to cut.....Health care...,S.S. Family aid..while giving corporations and the wealthy tax breaks. A vote for the Repubs will bring more of the same while this great country sinks slowly into a hole they can't get out of!!!!

    July 17, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Mike Dallas

    "clearly has both evangelicals and Tea Party people excited about his candidacy, represents the kind of guy that can win," he told CNN.

    Win the GOP nomination, yes, win the general election, no.

    July 17, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Clwyd

    Just make sure that Perry follows through with his threat to secede from the Union!

    July 17, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. lynn

    Everybody now sing along with me: What the World Needs Now, Is NOT another Texas governor in the White House. Are the Repubs so stupid to think another Texan is just what this country needs to shovel us out of the "hole to China" their last idiot did. Yeee Gads, save me from the funny farm.

    July 17, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared war on US!

    It doesn't require a lot of effort or qualifications to substitute one "lets slash benefits, lay off workers and cut taxes for business and the wealthy" GOBP parrot with another.

    July 17, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. John S. Morneault

    After watching Meet The Press this am and listening to Republicans sound like robots, I'm ready to change my political affilaiation and look for a NEW party. No ONE including the Tea Party is making any sense these days except the President and that scares me.

    July 17, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. thomas

    Perry / Palin 2012

    One can shoot , the other can relode !

    Perry has shown his strength and courage in upholding the death penalty in the Great state of Texas, even when some were innocent. Perry is a tested candidate for President in regards to getting that 3am call. Perry can walk his talk !

    Log Cabin GOPs for Perry !

    July 17, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |