Virginia will be a critical battleground state in 2012 for the GOP. And Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s, a potential 2012 VP nominee, recent praise for Texas Governor Rick Perry demonstrates the frustration that many Republicans have with current Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney.
“He’s got the best record in the country on job creation. The No. 1 issue in the race is, how do we get America back on track, how do we be competitive with the foreign countries and what are the fiscal policies that’s gonna increase the entrepreneurship on our soil and bringing companies back to America. Perry’s done the best job of any governor in the country,” McDonnell said, adding: “You need the fiscal and the social conservatives united, and a guy like Rick Perry can do that.”
Only a small handful of Republican governors have endorsed in the presidential race, with Govs. Dave Heineman of Nebraska and Butch Otter of Idaho backing Mitt Romney, and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal endorsing Newt Gingrich.
That’s because most state leaders are still in “wait and see” mode, McDonnell said.
“Most of them will tell you, ‘I think it should be a Republican, Republican governor, current or former,” he said.