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Bob McDonnell

  • American politician
  • Born June 15, 1954

Robert Francis McDonnell (born June 15, 1954) is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 71st Governor of Virginia, from 2010-14. A member of the Republican Party, McDonnell also served on the executive committee of the Republican Governors Association. McDonnell was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1992 to 2006, and was Attorney General of Virginia from 2006-09. McDonnell was elected Governor of Virginia after using the campaign slogan "Bob's for Jobs."


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Fiscal responsibility and government reform are going to be good themes for governing, well at any time, but particularly coming out of a recovery.




Besides the healthcare bill being unconstitutional and a great expansion of federal government, I think if it does not respect people's individual religious views and makes groups or individuals do things that are contrary to their deeply held beliefs, there is going to be a visceral negative reaction.




I think in Washington, D.C., a lot of people are talking down about business.




Republican governors are leading the way in helping the private sector create new jobs, reforming government and getting our economy back on track.




The citizens must be certain that the governor is attending to the duties for which he was elected.




We have lost certainty and predictability in the regulatory and tax climate in America, and this is why we're recovering so slowly.




Doctors have an ethical duty to follow the practices and standards of care.




People want results. I call it 'results oriented conservatism,' R.O.C. because that's what people want out of government.




I made a fairly bold pledge that I wanted Virginia to be the energy capital of the East Coast.




There is no question that the minority party always makes a sport of going after the governor.




No president has ever been elected with unemployment over 8 percent.




No matter what side of the spectrum you're on, you like to see your team fighting for the principle.




My wife and daughters work. My campaign manager in 2005 was a working mother. I appointed 5 women to my senior staff as Attorney General.




I'm really the candidate who has really lived his whole life in suburbia.




Are we a nation of guarantees or are we a nation of opportunities to achieve the American dream?




I don't think the objective of an abortion clinic is to try to talk women out of having the procedure. That obviously would not be positive for their bottom line.




Jobs are what give people a sense of fulfillment and self-reliance.




I tell you what Hispanics in Virginia tell me they want. They want access to the American dream. That's why they come here to Virginia and to America, so they want more opportunities to start small business, better schools.




I am all for using business - public and private - to expand healthcare coverage.




I wrote my thesis on welfare policy.




I think the more we embrace the culture of life and respect life, the better that we do.




Informed consent is required for every invasive medical procedure, from getting your ears pierced to having an abortion.




Anytime you have a reelection campaign against an incumbent president and you're the party out of power - on the one hand it's wide open because there's not an heir apparent - but people are also gauging how strong is that incumbent president and what are my chances.




I'm chairman of the Republican Governors Association.




The governor is Virginia's chief executive and represents the commonwealth at all times.




Like everybody, my views on many issues have changed as I have gotten older.




Every governor's got tough choices to make.




Expanding Medicaid without fixing Medicaid is a terrible idea.




I think people are by-and-large happy with the providers that they have got now. They treasure that doctor-patient relationship.




If you know you're supported, you're going to work harder, you're going to be more focused on your mission.



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