Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chris Cillizza: Bob McDonnell Biggest Winner From Perry Presidential Campaign

Bob McDonnell has gained a fairly large national profile since he defeated Creigh Deeds in the 2009 gubernatorial campaign. He’s even gained some support from Republicans to be their party’s nominee for Vice President in 2012 and is currently serving as the Vice Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. As Chris Cillizza pointed out in a post over at the Fix, his profile could grow even more if Rick Perry decides to enter the race for president.
If, as expected, Texas Gov. Rick Perry decides to run for president in 2012, the biggest winner may well be Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Perry would vacate his [RGA] chairmanship if he were to pursue the presidency and McDonnell would step into a job that has emerged as a powerful perch and potential springboard into national politics in recent years.

While no McDonnell supporters wanted to speak on the record about the opportunity such a move would afford the governor, one ally acknowledged that it would “continue McDonnell’s steady move into the national political arena” and added: “The greater exposure should just mean a greater opportunity for him to play a larger role in the current political debate, and, potentially, open up future doors as well.”
Chris did point out that if Perry ends up winning the GOP nomination, it would essentially ruin McDonnell’s chances of being named the VP nomination because the party probably wouldn’t want to nominate two white male southern governors. At the same time, however, McDonnell might be a prime candidate for RNC chair under a President Perry if the GOP ticket performed well in Virginia and won the general election.

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