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McDonnell Would Accept Stimulus

Tim Craig

More than 50 local leaders from Virginia called on former attorney general Robert F. McDonnell, the GOP nominee for governor, to pledge he would accept federal money from the stimulus package that was recently signed into law by President Obama.

In a letter and later conference call, which was organized by the Democratic Party of Virginia, the local leaders said "our cities and counties depend on this immediate economic investment." The local leaders were responding to recent statements by McDonnell that the stimulus "would not be good long term for America."

But in a meeting with Washington Post editors and reporters on Thursday, McDonnell said he would accept the federal money if he is elected governor.

"The money is coming from Virginia taxpayers, frankly it's coming from the children of Virginia taxpayers," McDonnell said. "I think we ought to take it to the maximum degree as possible."

McDonnell, however, said he is "still disappointed" that Congress passed a stimulus bill that does not include more money for transportation. He said only 6 percent of the funds can be spent on transportation. Instead, McDonnell argued, the bill is loaded with spending that he fears will do little to turn the economy around.

"I'm very disappointed in the stimulus bill that it has massive spending for other things that I am not sure will have a stimulus effect, but I hope it does," McDonnell said. "I'd rather have a much larger share for transportation. I think that is the most critical need for Virginia."

By Tim Craig  |  February 27, 2009; 10:55 AM ET
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This is terrible. Bob McDonnell is supposed to be our best hope right now to starting a comeback and already he's running to the left and accepting money from the Pelosi-Reed pork spending bill. We lost in 2008 because Republicans fell under the impression that we needed to be more liberal to win and it looks like we're headed down the same path this year.

Right now we need real conservative leaders who will stand with Bobby Jindal and Eric Cantor and say no to Obama and Pelosi. Bob McDonnell can either stand with American conservatives and help get our country on track or he can pander to liberals and lead us to another 4 years of democrat rule in Virginia. Which side is he on?

Posted by: rightsideva | February 27, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Rightsideva, where do you think you are living? South Carolina? This is a state that just elected a Democratic presidential candidate by over a 7% margin (and a 110,000 margin for Obama in Fairfax County alone!!), has a Democratic governor, a 6-5 majority Democratic House delegation, and 2 Democratic senators. Why would the state (and especially Northern Virginia) vote to elect a neo-fascist ideologue like how you are describing?

Posted by: FairfaxIsBlue | February 27, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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