Morning Read: Anti-McDonnell Ad Slams Him as a 2016 Presidential Contender

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has far from announced his intentions in 2016, but that hasn’t stopped a political committee from running an attack ad against the governor in Iowa, just in case he decides to run.

The Northern Virginia-based Patriot Super PAC -- which supports Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial bid -- released the ad to criticize McDonnell over his support for the massive transportation-funding bill that raises taxes.

"Sometime soon, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may be in Iowa to test the waters for 2016," the ad says. "But don't be fooled. As a candidate, McDonnell promised Virginians he would never raise taxes. But as governor, McDonnell pushed the largest tax increase in Virginia history on retail, gasoline, property, cars, land and more. So if Bob McDonnell comes to Iowa, remember you can't believe a word he says."

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