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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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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine walks in the Middletown, Va., Fourth of July parade on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (AP Photo/The Winchester Star, Scott Mason)

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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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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell removed a representative to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, contending he had a conflict of interest. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell removed a representative to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, contending he had a conflict of interest. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Getty Images Above: Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (right) discusses economy with people as Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (left) looks on. Below: Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is at odds with advocacy groups for vetoing a bill to allow a neglected or abused child to go to school where a caregiving relative lives. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is at odds with advocacy groups for vetoing a bill to allow a neglected or abused child to go to school where a caregiving relative lives. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's executive order directs that new voter-registration cards be sent to every active voter in the state. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's executive order directs that new voter-registration cards be sent to every active voter in the state. (Associated Press)

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, from right, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrive at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, Va., Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, from right, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrive at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, Va., Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (left) and former Sen. George Allen, who also was governor of the commonwealth, greet each other after the AP Day at the Capitol senatorial debate at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed some minor changes to a massive overhaul of the state's depleted pension fund. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell vetoed seven bills and offered more than 100 amendments to legislation passed by the General Assembly this year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he talks with members of the Virginia General Assembly after the session adjourned at the Capitol in Richmond on Saturday, March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks Feb. 10, 2012, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)