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Romney Surrogate McDonnell Says Obama Stimulus Plan Helped Virginia [Foolish Utterances!]
Washington Post ^ | June 03, 2012 | Dan Eggen

Posted on 06/03/2012 1:46:18 PM PDT by Steelfish

Romney Surrogate McDonnell Says Obama Stimulus Plan Helped Virginia

By Dan Eggen June 3

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) wandered off script somewhat Sunday as a surrogate for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, conceding that President Obama’s stimulus measures helped his state weather the economic crisis.

McDonnell, a potential vice presidential candidate who has sought to walk a tightrope between conservatives and moderates, acknowledged on CNN’s “State of the Union” that federal assistance aided Virginia in balancing its budget, but said it had no positive long-term impact.

“Did it help us in the short run with health care and education and spending to balance the budget? Sure,” McDonnell said. “Does it help us in the long term to really cut the unemployment rate? I’d say no.”

The remarks were part of a war of words between Obama and Romney surrogates in the wake of Friday’s disappointing jobs report, which showed just 69,000 jobs added in May and a slight uptick in the unemployment rate to 8.2 percent. The numbers slowed in part because of continued losses in public-sector jobs and continued weakness in construction.

Romney adviser Ed Gillespie said the stumbling economy and weak performance by the Obama campaign boded well for the Republican candidate’s chances in November.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: mcdonnell; stimulus; va2012; virginia

1 posted on 06/03/2012 1:46:23 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

what a shocker news flash that free money helps pay for things you otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford


2 posted on 06/03/2012 1:55:46 PM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Steelfish

Ya, like the 535 million helped the owners of Solyndra, esp. the bonuses they took while they were in bankruptcy.


3 posted on 06/03/2012 1:57:13 PM PDT by Spok
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To: Steelfish

I am glad McDonnell continues to demonstrate why he should not even be considered for the #2 slot. It would be a huge mistake. He is milquetoast.


4 posted on 06/03/2012 1:58:14 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Steelfish

Sometimes I think that both political parties see a definite train wreck coming for the next administration and that both political parties are trying to lose the race.


5 posted on 06/03/2012 2:01:11 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Obama needs more time. After all -- Rome wasn't burned in a day.)
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To: montag813

He is a short version of Romney.

His thesis on women will kill his chances of even rising to the top.


6 posted on 06/03/2012 2:02:06 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: ClearCase_guy

It’s a two party system. Voters vs. Politicans. The R and D sleep with each other.


7 posted on 06/03/2012 2:03:25 PM PDT by digital-olive
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To: Steelfish
but said it had no positive long-term impact.

like Odungo

8 posted on 06/03/2012 2:06:18 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: montag813

Which probably means he’s a shoo-in.


9 posted on 06/03/2012 2:11:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: digital-olive

You are correct sir. It matters very little who we vote for. Yes, there are a few glimmers of hope in the house but over all they are ALL against us.

When we send someone on our side to DC tend tend to be corrupted post haste.

I fear there will be no peaceful way to stop the advancement of our government.


10 posted on 06/03/2012 2:13:11 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: montag813

I was really fooled by this guy. What a disappointment he is.


11 posted on 06/03/2012 2:21:54 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: montag813

Sounds like he has “foot-in-mouth” disease to me.


12 posted on 06/03/2012 2:24:00 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I think there’s a pretty clearcase, guy, for that sort of thought.


13 posted on 06/03/2012 2:28:21 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: CatherineofAragon
Yes it seems after he started to get some national exposure, he went politically tone-deaf & gaff prone.
He won here in Va with high expectations and it seems he has frittered that away.
14 posted on 06/03/2012 2:29:59 PM PDT by Reily
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To: Steelfish

Should he have lied about it?

Of course Porkulus paid for a bunch of state workers and helped states balance their budgets. Even after a bitter fight, SC accepted the money for that reason.

He was right, though, that it made no long term difference.
It was a waste, and just encouraged the excesses of the states to continue.

That has come to a screeching halt since the Repubs took over the House in 2010.


15 posted on 06/03/2012 2:41:19 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: Reily

Completely. I hope he enjoyed getting my vote for his current position, because he won’t get another one.


16 posted on 06/03/2012 2:42:51 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: CatherineofAragon

He simply said it was a short term fix without any long term benefit and that Obama had nothing to do with the lower unemployment rate in his state or all the other states that have Republican leadership. Unemployment rates are lower because of the Republican leadership. That’s what he said. They are manipulating his words.


17 posted on 06/03/2012 2:46:41 PM PDT by imskylark
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To: Steelfish

I watched this interview. Candy Crowley practically begged him to admit Obama helped his state.

Each time McDonell denied it, until the very end when Crowley said “not even a little bit.” McDonnell said in the “short term it helped balance a budget...”

It’s a game with the media. Get the soundbite so the media can run stories and Obama can use it in ads or on the stump.


18 posted on 06/03/2012 2:51:55 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: imskylark
>> He simply said it was a short term fix without any long term benefit <<

Of course. He's absolutely correct, and the posters on this thread who appear so naively to be "taken in" by the sinister spin of the story's headline must be temporarily bereft of logic and common sense.

Either that, or they just didn't bother to read the story. But then, what else is new?

19 posted on 06/03/2012 3:02:34 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: Steelfish

Romney needs to clean out his staff pool if he really wants to be President. His staff make really, really stupid statements.


20 posted on 06/03/2012 3:06:02 PM PDT by madison10 (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. TJ)
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To: nhwingut

Right on. This is exactly what the media (Clinton Network News) does. But he should have seen this set-up coming.


21 posted on 06/03/2012 4:28:24 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Hawthorn
I agree with you and Governor McDonnell. Stimulus dollars have helped the economy in northern Virginia. This stimulus logo is on every huge construction project including extending the DC Metro Silver Line to Dulles Airport and widening I495.


22 posted on 06/03/2012 4:48:58 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: cableguymn

Unfortunately I think you are correct on that Sir.

I wish it wouldn’t....but it’s coming.


23 posted on 06/03/2012 4:54:48 PM PDT by digital-olive
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To: Steelfish

It’s the truth. I hate when people complain that scripts are not followed, suggesting that lying is a good thing.

States benefited from the stimulus, because that’s where the money went. It didn’t help the economy, it helped states meet their own budget needs.


24 posted on 06/03/2012 5:10:11 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: A.Hun
Should he have lied about it?

Of course Porkulus paid for a bunch of state workers and helped states balance their budgets. Even after a bitter fight, SC accepted the money for that reason.

He was right, though, that it made no long term difference. It was a waste, and just encouraged the excesses of the states to continue.

That has come to a screeching halt since the Repubs took over the House in 2010.

Sadly, there are people on all sides who will refuse to admit anything that could possibly be interpreted to help "the other side".

As you said, Bob's right when he says the 2009 stimulus money helped short term, but no long term employment was gleaned. I live here in Tidewater VA, and I've seen plenty of businesses fold up and disappear with no private businesses replacing them at the store frontages.

25 posted on 06/03/2012 5:10:52 PM PDT by cidrasm
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To: Steelfish

The more I hear from McDonnell the less I like him.

Ken Cuccinelli is the star in Virginia.


26 posted on 06/03/2012 5:26:36 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

No one is suggesting that McDonnell lie. There is a way of recognizing the impact of “free money” on budgets without saying that Obama’s stimulus created jobs. It didn’t happen in CA


27 posted on 06/03/2012 5:42:56 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish; CharlesWayneCT

>> No one is suggesting that McDonnell lie. <<

Exactly. If McDonnell was guilty of anything in this case, it was only a matter of his not being “slick” enough. He could have avoided the WaPo’s extremely biased and misleading headline if he had merely said something like:

“Candy, with all due respect, that’s not the issue. If an alcoholic wakes up in the morning with a terrible hangover and then takes a stiff drink of whiskey, it may give some very short-term relief from his pain. If you want to call that drink ‘help,’ you certainly may do so. But a short-term fix like this really does nothing to solve the man’s underlying problem — and in fact, it makes his long-term outlook even worse.”


28 posted on 06/03/2012 6:15:23 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: SharpRightTurn

>> The more I hear from McDonnell the less I like him <<

Why on Earth are you falling hook-line-and-sinker for the Washington Post’s spin? Their headline on this story is a prime example of left-wing bias in the MSM.

If you live in Virginia or nearby, you should know that the WaPo hates McDonnell almost as much as they hate George Allen. In fact, they may hate McDonnell even more, since no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t undermine him during the 2009 election the way they undermined Allen in 2006.


29 posted on 06/03/2012 6:20:00 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: Hawthorn

Now that would have been a splendid reply!


30 posted on 06/03/2012 8:15:49 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish; Hawthorn
Now that would have been a splendid reply!

Yes, it would have been!

31 posted on 06/03/2012 8:45:16 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: Steelfish

All the Freakin Government Leeches with the Big Salaries and Pensions live in Virginia,there is No Recession there because that is how Obama is Adding Jobs,GOVERNMENT jobs!!


32 posted on 06/04/2012 4:12:18 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Steelfish
romney appointed one of his obamacare writers to head his transition team. Will he put an abortionist in to head HHS?

LLS

33 posted on 06/04/2012 8:08:23 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: nhwingut

Yep. But like the folks that watch the MSM for all they know; some here will jump on the soundbite and run with it. Funny how those who espouse political acumen here are snippet and sound byte prone. Heck, half the time nobody reads an article before spouting off on a headline what they perceive is comedic brilliance or great insight before getting smacked down by fact. I really really get a kick out of the lunacy displayed when great satire gets posted.

There are thousands of gullible people predispositioned to believe whatever the MSM tells them, and they post each and every day right here.

LMAO


34 posted on 06/04/2012 8:21:10 AM PDT by commonguymd (Freedom is a myth anymore it seems)
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To: ballplayer

>> the Freakin Government Leeches with the Big Salaries and Pensions live in Virginia <<

True enough, although more of them live in Maryland.

>> there is No Recession there <<

No, really not true. I own commercial real estate in northern Virginia (just a couple of miles outside the Beltway), and I can assure you that the Great Recession has hit the local market very hard.

For example, my rental income has been cut in half since 2008, and vacancies are way high. Now the local unemployment situation is not as bad as in Ohio or Michigan, to be sure, but overall the local economy is still having a serious set of problems.


35 posted on 06/04/2012 8:59:07 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: montag813

Another Republican that cannot recognize the leftist enemies of freedom! Seems to be a trend, just look at the Boehners and Romneys around the Stoopid Party!


36 posted on 06/04/2012 9:36:08 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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