Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
McDonnell endorses Romney
McDonnell said that Romney, as a former governor, has the executive and leadership skills needed to lead the country.
“When I look at what’s wrong in Washington with the lack of leadership and budgets that can’t get balanced and crushing debt… what we need is a results-oriented conservative, and executive. And that’s Mitt Romney,” McDonnell said in a conference call with reporters.
McDonnell said he has been considering his endorsement for some time, but decided that with the South Carolina primary looming on Saturday — the first southern nominating contest — this was the right time to make his choice public.
McDonnell will be traveling to South Carolina today to appear with Romney at several events tonight and tomorrow morning.
McDonnell has been telling reporters for months that he believed a governor or former governor would be the best nominee. With Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s withdrawal from the race earlier this week, Romney is the only governor remaining in the contest.
Governors have experience with being held accountable and having to lead, McDonnell said.
Washington, he added, has “a surplus of rhetoric and a deficit of results. Governors live in a results-oriented world. We can’t engage in soundbites all the time, we’ve got to get solutions.”
In an interview on CNBC this morning, McDonnell said that Romney has a “marvelous record in a blue state, great private sector experience in creating jobs, and has been an optimistic, results-oriented conservative.”
In addition to Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum remain in the race.