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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gets ready to announce the Virginia votes for Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for the next president of the United States at the Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, August 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Chairman of the Committee on Resolutions, Gov. Bob McDonnell, R- Va., introduces Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, as Co-Chairman Rep. Marsh Blackburn, R- Tenn., right, and Sen. John Hoeven, R- N.D., look on. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia meets with editors and reporters of The Washington Times on Friday. “I’m a big believer in accountability,” he said. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia meets with editors and reporters of The Washington Times on Friday, July 27, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is a pro-life Catholic with a fiscally conservative reputation and no known opposition among evangelicals, whose votes Republicans will be counting on in November. Those factors play into his name appearing on a short list of possible vice presidential picks for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. (Fredericksburg, Va., Free Lance-Star via Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is a pro-life Catholic with a fiscally conservative reputation and no known opposition among evangelicals, whose votes Republicans will be counting on in November. Those factors play into his name appearing on a short list of possible vice presidential picks for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. (Fredericksburg, Va., Free Lance-Star via Associated Press)

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (left) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell appear at a news conference at Copland Trucking in Williamsburg, Va., on Friday, July 13, 2012, before the start of the National Governors Association meeting. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (left) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell appear at a news conference at Copland Trucking in Williamsburg, Va., on Friday, July 13, 2012, before the start of the National Governors Association meeting. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (right) and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (center) announce their legislative agenda Wednesday in Richmond. They said life sciences and biotechnology are areas where the state intends to step up its job-creation efforts. (Associated Press)

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"The consequences of governors' decisions will impact our states — and the nation — for decades to come, so we must have all the information needed to choose wisely," Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, wrote in a letter to President Obama. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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"The consequences of governors' decisions will impact our states — and the nation — for decades to come, so we must have all the information needed to choose wisely," Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, wrote in a letter to President Obama. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (left) listens in May as Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks on his behalf in Portsmouth, Va. Mr. McDonnell recently hinted that he is being vetted as a possible running mate on the GOP ticket. Previously, he had denied that he was under consideration for the vice-presidential spot. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference held in Washington in February. Currently, he is campaigning for presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (left) listens in May as Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks on his behalf in Portsmouth, Va. Mr. McDonnell recently hinted that he is being vetted as a possible running mate on the GOP ticket. Previously, he had denied that he was under consideration for the vice-presidential spot. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is trying to rebound after a week of setbacks reflecting on his leadership. "It's a brutal situation for him. It's brutal," says Paul Goldman, who served as an adviser to Govs. L. Douglas Wilder and Mark R. Warner. "The governorship is a position of leadership." (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)