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Democratic strategist Paul Goldman said the mistake may follow Mr. McDonnell as he is increasingly mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick, but it likely won’t hurt him.

“It’s past him,” he said. “If he were nominated for national office, it would come up, as it always does. It’s not going to be a problem for his national ambitions. Will it come up again? Yeah. But it won’t be a problem.”