On CNN’s State of the Union, Virginia Governor (and oft-mentioned Vice Presidential Candidate) Bob McDonnell was asked if the stimulus helped Virginia’s economy.
When answering host Candy Crowley’s question, McDonnell had to say:
Did [the stimulus] help us in the short-run with health care and education and spending to balance the budget? Sure,” he told host Candy Crowley. “Does it help us in the long-term to really cut the unemployment rate? I’d say no.
But that’s not all McDonnell had to say. When asked if the President deserved at least a “tiny bit of credit”, the Governor whose legacy is associated with the phrase “transvaginal ultrasounds” replied with:
Well, sure. I think there are national policies that have had some impact.
McDonnell, later in the interview, would also give himself some credit touting Virginia’s low unemployment rate. However, even giving the President a negligible amount of praise is antithesis to the voters who are still lukewarm on Mitt Romney.
McDonnell’s star has faded a bit and thanks to Virginia’s one-term limit for Governors, it might be best for Romney to look somewhere else for 2012.