VA Gov. Bob McDonnell: I’m not being vetted for veep

posted at 4:21 pm on May 9, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Virginia’s chief executive Bob McDonnell is a pretty darn popular governor who’s consistently led the purplish state to back-in-the-black budgets, and although he’s often typecast as being too “vanilla” to really help Mitt Romney round out the GOP ticket, his name has been much circulated as a potential running mate. But, he certainly isn’t the only subject of heavy veep-speculation, and McDonnell himself insists that he’s not currently being vetted by the Romney campaign.

The vice presidential speculation is “actually Romney’s fault,” McDonnell joked during a meeting with the Washington Examiner’s editorial board. He recalled that at a fundraiser last year, Romney mentioned him at a Virginia Beach fundraiser as a possible vice presidential choice along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. “And my life’s been miserable ever since.”

McDonnell said he was not currently being vetted for the nomination and declined to say whether he’d agree to be vetted. “I’ll let you know if they ask me,” he said.

I’m wondering whether the nationally-noticed trouble over the ultrasound-bill controversy and his slightly-declining (but still pretty great) approval rating may have done anything to put a damper on Governor McDonnell’s chances with the Romney camp, since he has definitely expressed an active interest in the position. Governors in Virginia aren’t permitted consecutive terms, so he’ll be out of a job soon, and he isn’t looking to go into Congress (also from the Examiner):

But McDonnell said he has no interest in running for Senate

“100 people that spend more time talking than acting, with an irresponsible filibuster rule, can’t pass the budget in three years,” McDonnell said.”Going from being governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson’s jobs to that club has very little appeal to me.”

“Plus I’ve talked to George Allen and Mark Warner,” he joked.

Meanwhile, in other news, BuzzFeed has a fun piece up about another oft-cited veep candidate, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). Although Sen. Portman has also been labeled as “boring,” being less-than-exciting on the stump doesn’t mean that he’s an uninteresting person. I mean, just look at the man’s chicken impression — I’ve never seen it’s equal!


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OK, just got this in my e-mail box.. It’s damned funny and show’s an interesting picture of Californian’s. If you would like to see one of California’s current Marxist senators go bye-bye, consider contributing… :twisted:

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SWalker on May 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I’m all for “boring yet principled” over an “exciting but Marxist” piece of crap.

search4truth on May 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

If this is true, it means that it will probably be Portman.

Doomberg on May 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

…I’m not interested…
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.it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Romney’s best bet for VP is Allen West. Period.

Long haired country boy on May 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Romney’s best bet for VP is Allen West. Period.

Long haired country boy on May 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Yes, but will Team Romney actually be smart enough to recognize this fact?

SWalker on May 9, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Romney’s best bet for VP is Allen West. Period.

Long haired country boy on May 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM

lol, no.

Mitch Daniels and Rob Portman are the most qualified. There are others who are plausible, e.g. Christie, Rubio, McDonnell, Ayotte, Pawlenty, Ryan, Huckabee, Jindal, and maybe a couple others. Allen West is a tool with no chance of being selected for Veep.

Lord on May 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Ryan and McDonnell are my top picks with Portman in third only if he truly can deliver Ohio.

Rubio and West are great, especially West, but I would like some guys with real reform experience on the ticket.

Daemonocracy on May 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Romney’s best bet for VP is Allen West. Period.

Long haired country boy on May 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Allen West is a stud and there’s no one in politics I admire more than him, but he wouldn’t be a good choice. I would be surprised if he’s even on the long list.

GOPRanknFile on May 9, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Allen West is a tool with no chance of being selected for Veep.

Lord on May 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Whoa, tool please explain.

D-fusit on May 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

McDonnell was a little slow to formally endorse Romney even though he backed him. He is also very ambitious.

I think Romney values the loyal lieutenent type, Portman, Ayotte…

I think this is a all hype though. They wont truly be vetted until there is a short list. Now they are pondering a list of 40. Of course he is on it. But they are not all going to be vetted yet.

swamp_yankee on May 9, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Allen West is a tool with no chance of being selected for Veep.

Lord on May 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

You are the tool, but you have arrived at the correct conclusion. There’s no point in choosing a bomb-thrower when you’re trying to get voters to focus on the stink bomb in the White House.

The Count on May 9, 2012 at 4:53 PM

West is a loose cannon.

No POTUS candidate would pick a guy who cant toe the ticket line.

swamp_yankee on May 9, 2012 at 4:53 PM

That really is an amazing chicken impression.

Abby Adams on May 9, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Whoa, tool please explain.

D-fusit on May 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

West behaves more like a talk radio show host than a Congressman. He alienates centrists and moderate conservatives from the Tea Party and conservative movements by saying stupid shit like 80 Democratic Congressmen are members of the Communist Party. He’ll never be a Senator or Governor, and he’d be a worse pick than Palin for VP.

Lord on May 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

…I say they vet the prison inmate in WV for consideration for VP!

KOOLAID2 on May 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

As long as Romney selects a conservative for VP. And not another NEasterner, like the outspoken climate change advocate and rotund RINO Chris Christie, conservatives would balk.

Christie is a RINO on many levels, but his too-fervent pro-AGW advocacy is actually a very significant negative. Some establishment Repubs just don’t understand how important the climate change issue is to the base… and a Pew poll shows only 19% of Repubs believe in man-made GWarming: http://www.people-press.org/2011/12/01/modest-rise-in-number-saying-there-is-solid-evidence-of-global-warming/. I don’t want to delve into why it is as an acid test issue, a litmus test, but it is. Go with somebody who has at least been rather non-committal on the agw issue.

anotherJoe on May 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Lord on May 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Let’s just say we dissagree on this point. When the future of the very Republic is at stake, I would prefer a true American Patriot be somewhere near the helm of the ship giving advise to the CinC.

D-fusit on May 9, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Allen West is a great guy, but I don’t want a candidate that makes me nervous every time he speaks, afraid he is going to say something outrageous.

A politician has to lead without giving people ammunition to hammer them with.

teri_b on May 9, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Let’s just say we dissagree on this point. When the future of the very Republic is at stake, I would prefer a true American Patriot be somewhere near the helm of the ship giving advise to the CinC.

D-fusit on May 9, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Fair enough. I think he’d be a better Pres than Obama or a moderate Republican like Dick Lugar, but I don’t think he’s a good candidate for Pres, VP, Senator, or Governor. He’s just too controversial and alienates too many people.

Lord on May 9, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Not to mention that Allen West got into some legal trouble while in the military, and is having difficulty holding his seat in the House even without the added scrutiny of being on a national ticket.

vegconservative on May 9, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I still like Jim DeMint…

joepub on May 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I said months ago McDonnell wouldn’t even make the short list. Next.

Mr. Arkadin on May 9, 2012 at 6:12 PM

But are Jindal and Ryan being vetted? I’d have to think Ryan almost certainly is, considering how closely he’s worked with the campaign.

Gingotts on May 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Ryan is probably being vetted. Jindal isn’t getting the time of day.

Mr. Arkadin on May 9, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Although Sen. Portman has also been labeled as “boring,” being less-than-exciting on the stump doesn’t mean that he’s an uninteresting person.

I think after today’s announcement by obaka, Romney will chose someone who ignites the base…bland will be out!

Ryan? Rubio?

ladyingray on May 9, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Rubio isn’t going to be exciting the base much longer if he keeps up that crap with the DREAM Act.

Mr. Arkadin on May 9, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Illegal immigration, as much as I hate it, will have to be dealt with soon. I think the fact that as many Mexicans are going back to Mexico as there are coming here will make a difference.

And frankly, if an illegal’s legally born child puts his/her life on the line as my son is doing in the military, then I don’t mind said child being made a citizen. The family, no. The illegal child of an illegal, no. Only the legal child, per the US Constitution.

ladyingray on May 9, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Agreed, but Rubio’s DREAM Act Lite is weak tea. He’ll just piss off the Republican base, and left/Hispanic-activist crowd will hate it. The usual suspects, LA mayor Villaraigosa, Hilda Solis, etc., are already bashing it. The GOP plan should be shut down the border, then we talk, period. Rubio, like that idiot Grenell, needs to get on message or get lost. Conservatives/Republicans get nowhere with wimpy Democrat-lite legislation.

You want to steal this issue from Democrats, give illegals a real choice, and effect real change, offer the following.

Full amnesty for any illegal immigrants in the country once the border is secure, and the “if your kids are born here they automatically become citizens” law is repealed. Illegal must show a steady work history of at least one year to qualify, and have no record of breaking laws that are not immigration related (exception for minor traffic violations). Illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. for less than one year will be deported. If you can’t show a work history you will be deported. Criminal record, deported. After a grace period, illegals who have not stepped forward to apply for amnesty under these conditions will automatically be deported if discovered. All illegal immigrants receiving amnesty must apply for and pass a citizenship test after a certain period, say one year. This includes a basic English proficiency test. You get two chances to pass. If you fail, you are deported. Take it or leave it.

Mr. Arkadin on May 9, 2012 at 8:02 PM