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McDonnell doesn't get invitation to Obama energy meeting with governors

Anita Kumar

President Obama hosted a handful of governors at the White House today to talk about one of our new governor's favorite topics -- energy.

But Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell did not score an invite.

To be fair, the invite list was heavy on Democratic governors -- West Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming, Montana, Maine, Washington, Ohio -- though there were three Republicans from Vermont, Alabama and South Dakota.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden talked about possible clean energy sources, including coal, sun, wind and offshore drilling.

"I want to be clear that my administration is following a non-ideological approach to this issue,'' Obama told the governors. "We believe in a strategy of more production, more efficiency, and more incentives for clean energy. We're willing to make some tough decisions on issues like offshore drilling, so long as we protect coastlines and communities."

McDonnell has been a strong supporter of drilling for oil and gas off Virginia's coast. His spokesman Tucker Martin said he was not aware of an invitation for today's event.

McDonnell and Obama have yet to appear together. Last month, Obama paid a visit to a Falls Church elementary school to talk about his "Race to the Top" education program, but McDonnell was not invited though he is a huge fan of the plan.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 3, 2010; 5:18 PM ET
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Is anyone surprised by this? Obama is not going to invite one of his most recent and biggest embarassments to stand next to him at a photo op. Not to mention, the fact that McDonnell has made it all too clear what he thinks about the President's agenda - politics as normal people, nothing to see here. Except, wasn't this the guy who promised us HOPE and CHANGE and an end to all this - oops, the suckers got duped again.

Posted by: jphedgehog80 | February 3, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: carlbauer4 | February 4, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

After watching McD's performance and listening to his speech following Obama's the State of the Union speech...would you invite him anywhere if you were Obama?

Bob still thinks he can have it both ways....I think sooner, rather than later, ol' Bob is in for a reality check....He's really in the big leagues now..and Va politics is small potatoes compared to the national scene.

Posted by: ilcn | February 4, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

LOL- Obama has lost VA,NJ,MA would you invite McD the winner LOL,LOL!!

Posted by: tanishab1399 | February 4, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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