Romney backer offers soft Obama praise
June 3rd, 2012
11:25 AM ET
8 years ago

Romney backer offers soft Obama praise

Washington (CNN) – Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia on Sunday partially credited President Barack Obama’s policies with his state's relatively low unemployment rate, but also said the figure would be better with a President Mitt Romney.

The Romney backer said stimulus programs supported by the president helped his state in the short-term with health care, education and balancing the budget but would not help cut the unemployment rate long-term.

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The national policies had “some impact,” McDonnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” but “think of how much better we’d do if we had President Romney.”

For the past year, the Old Dominion’s unemployment rate, which the latest figures show is at 5.6%, has sat 2 or 3 points below the national average. The May jobs report indicated the national unemployment rate rose to 8.2%.

McDonnell credited economic development and targeted tax cuts supported by both political parties in the presidential battleground state for the rate, but predicted the figure would be lower without energy policies bolstered by the president.

“If we hadn’t had all these attacks on Virginia’s energy industry, we’d be in a lot better shape,” McDonnell told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “We’d be lower on the unemployment rate if we didn’t have these policies.”

McDonnell, who is often mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick for Romney, slightly dodged a question about whether Team Romney asked for papers from the former Virginia attorney general to enable a vetting process.

“They’ve asked for my schedule to see where I can help him next, and it’s going to be in Virginia. That’s it,” McDonnell said. “I’ll leave that up to Mitt Romney, but I’m going to help him win Virginia.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Bob McDonnell • Mitt Romney • TV-State of the Union • Virginia
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  1. Rudy NYC

    Gov. McDonnell also said that when Gov. Romney took over in MA, that the state ranked 50th in unemployment and that it ranked 36th when Romney left office. Candi Crowley recited the facts twice, that McDonnell had it backwards, and finally gave up.

    McDonnell went on to repeat the misconception that "Romney created 100,000 jobs while at Bain." I want to know where. Romney tells us that 80% of Bain investments turned a profit. The willfully misguided believe that claim also means that 80% of Bain investments created jobs. That is the lie that Republicans have been pushing on th voters. Go visit Bain's web site and read the Mission Statement. "...return on investments..." That is what you will find.

    June 3, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. lyn

    The GOP has no time to compliment Obama, they are too busy bashing and smearing, to look for anything good in the Democrat administration. Admitting a positive sticks in their craw and the Tea Party won't have any of it, their money is stuffin g the pockets of the Republican's and it's all about buying the White House.

    June 3, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. AKsteve

    Wow, a GOPer talking civilly. I have to tip my hat to him. Too bad the tea party will have nothing to do with it. Next primary expect rich Tea party members from other states to support some whacko far right uncompromising candidate to take the job of a civil servant who acts civilly.

    June 3, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Romney or Obama doesn’t’ create jobs, consumer we create jobs, if we buy made in USA we create more jobs here

    June 3, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. dnick47

    Government (federal, state & local) is the Old Dominions igest employer, so unemployment is generally low there. Much of the rest is seasonal: lumber, agricultural, and alike. Alot of it is in support of government – hence low unemployment. There use to be a textile industruy but that's largely a ghost now. The other big employer is transportation – CSX, Norfolk & Southern, and various trucking firms propably had to lay some folk off. But, if Romney cuts government across the board, how is that going to help your State governor? Or will Romney only cut government works who work in othe States?

    June 3, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Marie MD

    There is nothing this bring the confederacy back to Virginia (VA is for lovers just make sure you don't use contraceptives and if you get pregnant it's va gi nal probe for you!) governor can do to soften anything (unless we are talking about the limp flip flopper).
    @AKsteve, the only reason this governor is talking civility is because the flip flopper continues to "vet" his vp choices and they are all bad! VA has gone backwards in many ways recently and women were hurt the most by his administration.

    June 3, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    McDonnell is a respected retired Military Officer who now has a son serving in the military how could he possibily support Mitt Romney who has five(5) sons and none including Romney have been of service to this country. Furthermore, there is no records of any generation of Romney's serving in our military. Romney has nothing to complain about, this country has always served he and his family(s) well because they are self-serving people.

    June 3, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    AKsteve wrote:

    Wow, a GOPer talking civilly. I have to tip my hat to him. Too bad the tea party will have nothing to do with it.......
    That man is a Tea Party hero. The article completely ignores the blatant falsehoods and misleading statements that he made during the broadcast. The most remarkable of which was claiming that MA rose in job creation ranking from 50th to 36th while Romney was governer.

    June 3, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. SafeJourney3

    If you want to see what type of leader Mitt would be, just ask the good people of Massachusetts

    June 3, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    @claudia houston – please speak for yourself. I don't respect a man who doesn't respect women.
    When he was running for governor his sons were supposedly going to work his daughter was going to grandmas.

    June 3, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. SafeJourney3

    Gov Bob, forced ultrasound, McDonnell. Just read what this Gov has done for/to the women in his state of VA

    June 3, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Dee

    Claudia, Houston I applaud you noone as I know has put what you said in those terms it is so true. More needs to be said about this go to MSNBC and put this to Martin Bashirs' attention.

    Great American

    June 3, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Pander Bear

    What's hilarious is watching GOP governors try to tell the national audience that the economy is terrible while telling their respective states that the local economy is booming, all while trying to blame Obama. The FACT is that the economy has steadily improved under Obama's watch and they are benefiting from it. Saying it would be better under Mitt is a disconnect from reality.

    June 3, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Bristol

    It's Mitt's way to flip flop and say whatever might get him an extra vote, whether he believes what he says or not, no one know. So, why shouldn't McDonnell follow suit?

    June 3, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. PHIL TJ

    The job of the president is not to creat jobs. The congress is to be blame for all this. The GOP has bocked all avenue for Obama to creat jobs. Some people are asking, who are these people whinning all the time?, they must be racist, un educated wellfare recepients. Americans, if you vote Ronmey, 1): You will be at dd with Russia, 2): Troops will have to repack and go for another war. 3): You will be at odd with China 4): You will be in double deep reccession again, 5): You will be at war with Iran. WHY: Donald Trump even have an affair with Mitt. Does he have brain to stand on his own? Donald is a war monger. Take care Americans.

    June 3, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    The job of the president is not to creat jobs. The congress is to be blame for all this. The GOP has bocked all avenue for Obama to creat jobs.
    Phil from Tijuana, Republicans stepped at the choice of voters in 2010 and kept Obama from driving unemployment to 15%. If you remember, Obama drove it past 10% when he had total and 100% support for his entire wish list in 2009 and 2010.
    Only after John Boehner became Speaker of The House and started reining in the out-of-control federal government liberal spending agenda did unemployment finally start coming down. So let's finish the job and bring it down to 4%.

    Romney 2012 and as many Republican Senators as we can get seated.

    June 3, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. cody

    Since when is serving in the military a requirement to be president? You bash Romney but don't bash Obama for not serving – typical liberal hypocracy.

    June 3, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Bren

    I cannot wait to see all of the polls in about a week-after the voters (particularly the Independents) had a chance to digest the jobs report that was just released on Friday. These polls will not be good for Obama!! And, now he is attempting his usual blame game in regard to the terrible jobs report/increase in unemployment. Did you see the video of Obama speaking in Minnesota after the jobs report was released-where he says that "buying a thingamajig for your furnace, will improve the economy". This is no joke, he actually said that–go look for it on Youtube!! Now, he is saying.....Seriously, I really really really do have a plan to create jobs and decrease the unemployment rate this time.

    June 3, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Since when is serving in the military a requirement to be president? You bash Romney but don't bash Obama for not serving – typical liberal hypocracy.

    Mitt Romney has five sons , all of whom avoided voluntary military service during Americas longest wars.
    I'm sorry you be believe in a society that is based on a elite Caste System . I don't think our founding fathers would agree.I'm sure they would not agree with a nation that doesn't share burden.
    Romney leads by flip flop example . And don't go into you analogy over Obamas children not serving in the military, there still in school. Five sons , not one or two , but five sons all avoided military service, thats says it all. One Nation under Money !

    Sacrifice is more then a car elevator or making millions in the land of the free !

    June 3, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. King

    All these troubadour that keeps screaming that government doesn't create jobs, then cry when the unemployment isn't ticking down, shut up!!!

    June 3, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Two and They're Through

    The only possible way to improve the economy and keep our country strong is to throw out the reactionaries in Congress trying their damndest to destroy the middle class. No more Republicans.

    June 3, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Richard Broderick, Jr.

    Middle class take warning and listen to what Glenn Hubbard, Mitt Romney's, economic advisor is saying:

    Big tax cuts for the very rich that are not paid for.

    More taxes on the middle class "broadening the base".

    Big cuts for you when you need healthcare when you are old. Imagine trying to buy insurance when you are 80?

    More debt NOT LESS for the government and our future.

    Mitt effectively proposes a corporate raid on OUR government. Middle class wake up.

    June 3, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Gurgyl

    Mittens cry wii not make him win......

    June 3, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. anthony78

    the difference is Mitt went to France during the Vietnam war to avoid combat when he HAD an opportunity to fight for his country. Obama was too young. Mitt's able bodied sons never volunteered in the 10 years of America's longest war. Obama's daughter's are OBVIOUSLY too YOUNG. Get the picture as to why People bash Mitt's non-military record.

    Yet it's Mitt and family proclaiming their LOVE for America and an eagerness to start more wars with Iran, China, Russia, Libya etc...

    During the Bush era, there was honestly a lot NOT to be proud of... but if THATS the kind of America you want to return to, so be it... lets start more wars, tank the economy even further, and raise those unemployment numbers!

    June 3, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. Ancient Texan

    PhIL TJ – Yeah everything is just rosy with the current inept, incompetent, clueless administration in power. Utopia is just around the corner–NOT!. The Obama Administration had a wide open route to do what was necessary to strengthen the economy for the first two years and chose to waste almost 1 trillion dollars on throwaway projects to reward unions and special interest for their votes. and another trillion on a healthcare disaster that Nobody wanted.

    June 3, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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