Gov. McDonnell: Republicans Poised to Take Over Va. Legislature

Thursday, 03 Nov 2011 04:20 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Gov. Bob McDonnell says he thinks the prospect of Republicans gaining control of the Virginia legislature in next week’s state elections is “very doable.” The chairman of the Republican Governors Association also told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Wednesday he hopes a governor gets the GOP nomination, adding former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s chances are good.
“It has only happened for two years since Reconstruction after the Civil War that we have had a Republican governor and a Republican legislature, so we are looking forward to have that opportunity and privilege to governing,” McDonnell said. “Our Senate right now is 22-18, so we need to pick up two seats. The Republican governor, lieutenant governor, is a tiebreaker, and we have got about six seats that are very competitive, Neil, that could go either way — it’s about turnout.
“So, I have raised about $4 million to donate and we are doing a lot of get-out-the-vote and campaign blitzes,” he said. “Got a strong conservative Republican majority in the House and I just think if we have a fiscally responsible conservative legislature, there is a lot more things that we can get done here in Virginia.”

McDonnell said the governors association is attempting to tone down some of the partisan rhetoric, which has gripped Congress and the GOP presidential hopefuls before the 2012 presidential election, and is “focused on solving problems and getting results, keeping government limited, and balancing budgets.”

“Listen, I think the people of Virginia and America care about two things right now — and that is who will get the greatest nation on Earth back to work and how we’re going to restore fiscal responsibility by cutting deficits and debt,” McDonnell said.
Turning to the presidential race, Cavuto asked McDonnell whether the nomination was Romney’s to lose.
“I would be happy if it was a current or former governor, because those are people that have to get results and great jobs and balance budgets,” McDonnell said. “So, I think Romney, [Texas Gov. Rick] Perry are certainly at the top. Herman Cain has made a very strong showing.

“But Mitt Romney you would have to say over the last six, seven, eight months has been the steady one — he has not closed the deal, but he’s kept his percentage of the vote pretty constant, while others have gone up and down,” he said. “I think he is running an idea-oriented campaign and he has great credibility when it comes to job creation and fiscal responsibility.”

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