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Gov. Bob McDonnell Endorses Mitt Romney

Praised the former governor's conservative record



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    Virginia's governor has thrown his support behind Mitt Romney.

    Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on Friday morning that he's endorsing the former Massachusetts governor.

    "As I have said throughout this primary process, we need a governor to serve as our next president,” Governor McDonnell said in a release. “America needs leadership and that's what governors do: they lead. Governors actually have to find solutions and bring all parties together in order to get results for their citizens – they can't just sit back and cast votes."

    Although pressed for months to offer an endorsement, McDonnell has steadfastly withheld commitment until now.

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    But McDonnell has made it plain that he would consider an offer to run for vice-president if the offer was made.  Last November, Fairfax County Republican Party chairman Anthony Bedell said, "If Bob McDonnell isn't on everyone's short list, I don't know who is."

    McDonnell currently chairs the Republican Governors Association, and is viewed nationally as one of the party's stars.

    While some in his party have questioned Romney's conservative track record, McDonnell expressed high praise.  "Mitt Romney used his leadership ability in a politically difficult environment to balance the budget every year, cut spending and taxes, and create jobs. He is a results-oriented conservative," McDonnell said.  "This is the type of record that conservatives like me are honored to support."