Updated: McDonnell on Palin
Republican Bob McDonnell told the folks at ABCNews.com yesterday that Gov. Sarah Palin would be a "good spokesman" if she still wants to come to Virginia to campaign for him this year.
"She was a successful governor in Alaska,'' he said. "She was a popular governor in Alaska, got a lot of things done on taxes, and government regulation and ethics, and you know, those are some of the things that I'm interested in getting done here in Virginia."
Palin has raised some taxes and increased regulation of oil companies, but McDonnell's campaign explained that he was referring to her record of shrinking the state budget and suspending the state fuel tax as governor and cutting small business inventory taxes and personal property taxes as a mayor).
Some had speculated that McDonnell would not want Palin to campaign for him after her surprising announcement last week that she will resign from office later this month. She is being criticized by Republicans and Democrats for her decision but McDonnell doesn't seem to be ruling out a visit.
As we told you earlier this week, Palin had expressed interest in helping McDonnell, but the two had yet to set up a specific event. Democrats would have a field day with Palin's arrival if she did come here, but her visits to Virginia last year during the presidential race drew enormous, enthusiastic crowds of Republicans.
"Let me just say I'm a father of five kids like she is...It's hard managing a family in a political arena like she's done...So I can understand to some degree what she's said,'' McDonnell said. "I don't know how this recent announcement...how that fully plays out, and whether she's going to just prefer a private life or whether she wants to stay actively involved."
In recent months, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee have appeared with McDonnell in Richmond.
"I think she...added a lot of enthusiasm to the Republican ticket with John McCain last year. I think she'll stay a voice in national politics to some degree,'' McDonnell said. "But we're welcoming people from around the country that want to help us raise money and help us campaign on reform-minded ideas to come to Virginia, Republicans and Democrats."
July 8, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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