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McDonnell, Bolling Kick Off Campaign

Anita Kumar

HOT SPRINGS, Va. -- Republicans Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling kicked off their joint campaign today for the state's two top jobs next year in front of a packed room at the annual GOP Advance at the posh Homestead Resort.

The luncheon had the feel of a campaign rally. McDonnell-Bolling signs adorned the ballroom. Supporters waved red and blue campaign signs. They chanted "Bob" and "Bill" and gave each candidate a standing ovation.

McDonnell, who is the Republican nominee for governor next year, came to the stage to the U2 song A Beautiful Day after attendees saw a new McDonnell biography video that aired on two large screens.

"Let's get together, let's join together and do this hard work," McDonnell said. "Fellow Republicans, we're a little bit down, but we're not out."

McDonnell and Bolling talked about devising solutions to everyday problems, including the economy, transportation and education, in order to start winning statewide election in Virginia again.

"I believe that voters are tired of negative campaigns and the candidates who run them," said Bolling, who is running for re-election. "They want leaders who stand for election on the basis of their own experience, accomplishments and vision for the future; and they'll reject candidates who think they can get elected by tearing someone else down."

Bolling and his wife, Jean Ann, gave each attendee a Christmas ornament, a tradition going back several years. This year, the ornament was a pewter pineapple.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 6, 2008; 5:21 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Robert F. McDonnell  
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