McDonnell Talks Business, Campaigns at Chamber Luncheon

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

September 16, 2013

Gov. Bob McDonnell spoke to local business and government leaders in Albemarle County on Monday at a luncheon, where he reflected on his three-and-a-half years leading the commonwealth.

In his remarks on a number of issues ranging from job creation and business to education, he left out any mention of the gift-giving controversy that has surrounded his administration over the past few months.

He did, though, talk about the current gubernatorial election between his attorney general Ken Cuccinelli and Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe.

"I'm supporting Ken Cuccinelli," McDonnell said in remarks after the event. "He's been my lawyer for the last three-and-a-half years. I think he'd be a good governor."

McDonnell spoke at the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon to highlight how business and government leaders have helped his administration achieve the goals they set. He discussed how education is closely tied to future job creation and business development in Virginia.

"I think what we've done in the education area over the last couple years will have the greatest long-term dividends for our state," he said.

The governor spent a lot of time touting his transportation bill, saying a lot of the money that will be invested into the commonwealth's roads will help job creation in the future. The transportation bill itself, he said, will generate 13,500 jobs in the state.

McDonnell said he hopes his successor will continue making Virginia open for busines.

"The stronger the private sector is to create jobs and opportunity, the less money government's got to spend on a social safety net and health care and transportation and criminal justice, because people are going to be work and providing for their families," he said.

But McDonnell said the campaign between Cuccinelli and McAuliffe has largely been overshadowed by other issues.

"The degree people are talking about other things during the campaign probably doesn't serve the voter well because that's what they overwhelmingly say they're going to vote on," he said.

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