McDonnell: Out of the Running for Romney's VP Choice?

Virginia governor tells radio audience on WTOP Tuesday "I am not being vetted by his campaign."

On radio station WTOP Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) all but ruled out the possibility of becoming the vice presidential choice of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

"I am not being vetted by his campaign," he told the radio audience. 

That doesn't completely shut the door if the Romney campaign came calling. McDonnell has not said he would say "no" to the VP slot if it were offered.

The popular Republican governor, who received 59 percent of the vote before he was sworn in as the 71st head of the Commonwealth in 2010, said he plans to serve out his term, which ends in January 2014.

McDonnell became chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2011 and has campaigned for Romney in Virginia, as well as in .

President Obama and Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, will be battling for voters in Virginia in the presidential election set for Nov. 6. On Sunday, PBS NewsHour political editor Christina Bellantoni characterized Virginia as "the battleground of all battlegrounds."

Even if he is not vetted for VP, McDonnell said he plans to help Romney win his state. "But I'm going to do everything I can to help him in Virginia," he told NBC's Chuck Todd this week.

An NBC/Marist poll last week showed Obama with a 4-point lead over Romney in Virginia. The poll asked how Obama would do in Virginia in a match-up between the Obama/Biden ticket and Romney and McDonnell as a team. The poll said Obama would get 46 percent of the vote, and Romney 44 percent of the vote.

How do you feel about how Romney's VP choice appears to be taking shape? Do you think Bob McDonnell would help the ticket? Tell us in our poll and feel free to add your take in the comments.

PFC Prolapse May 30, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Finally, something reasonable in a political campaign. Enough with the over jesusfied women haters already
JohnQ May 30, 2012 at 04:48 PM
59 percent is hardly popular. It just means Dems didn't get out to vote because they really didn't have anyone worth voting for in Creigh Deeds. Only good thing about this piece of work is his support of VA wine industry.
CD May 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I am happy that McDonnell is staying as Governor he is doing a lot for Virginia. I would hate to see him leave.
Raek231 May 31, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I guess Confederate Appreciation Month won't go anywhere anytime soon. "Virginia, striving every day to see how southern we can actually get"
Sally Spangler May 31, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Being a Virginian by birth and family - 8 generations worth, I feel we are Southern enough. It is the outlanders who have come here either looking for work or military service may feel the need to be part of where they live, but I don't think so. Seems to me they wish us to be the same as them - strangers.


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