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McDonnell for president?

Anita Kumar

Republican Bob McDonnell pledged to serve his entire four-year term -- and not run for president in 2012 -- if he is elected Virginia governor Nov. 3.

We never really considered McDonnell a serious contender for president in 2012, but In an interview with Ryan Nobles of Richmond's NBC12 McDonnell puts a stop to any presidency rumors that are out there.

"I think those are all pipe dreams down the road. You know there are a number of national political pundits that are paying an exceptional amount of attention to Virginia,'' he said. "I am running to be governor of Virginia, this is a state that I have lived in virtually my entire life. I love this state we have great opportunities ahead for the state to create more opportunity and prosperity for our citizens, in so many ways, I am fully committed to four years as Virginia's governor."

But McDonnell didn't stop there. He took a little jab at Tim Kaine, who has been criticized by some for serving both as governor and his party's national chairman. "We need a full time governor,'' he said.

Nobles interviewed Democrat Creigh Deeds last week. You can watch the full McDonnell interview here:

By Anita Kumar  |  October 19, 2009; 10:35 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Comments

Hey Bob, when you get to the White House, don't forget "Cree", he'd make a heckuva limo driver..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 20, 2009 4:56 AM | Report abuse

Um, right, but McDonnell was directly asked the question of whether he would stay as governor for four years. Your post suggests McDonnell just randomly raised the issue.

I must say, though, I am shocked that the Post--who still supports Creigh Deeds, even after seeing last week's debate, and who consistently defended Deeds and John McCain and George W. Bush for not being good speakers--doesn't take McDonnell seriously yet.

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | October 20, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

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