The Washington Times - August 12, 2011, 06:40PM

Bob McDonnell is going to New Hampshire.

The Virginia governor, widely considered to be on the short list for a vice presidential pick next year, is slated to be the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s annual fundraiser on Sept. 26th in Concord.


“Governor McDonnell has exercised the leadership required in these tough times to balance budgets, control spending and create a surplus for his state’s long term economic viability …the kind of leadership that is lacking in the White House and in our state’s corner office,” said NHGOP Chairman Jack Kimball.

It will be McDonnell’s first visit to the Granite state — obsessively watched by politicos as an early proving ground in presidential contests — since taking office.

“New Hampshire is a great state, where Republicans historically have done very well,” said Mr. McDonnell, the vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association. “Republicans currently control the House, Senate, and Executive Council, along with three of four congressional seats. But there is much more work to be done, and that work starts with electing a Republican Governor in 2012. I’m pleased to help the NHGOP with their fundraising efforts and I look forward to this opportunity to talk about the common sense solutions our Party is putting forward to help the private sector create new jobs and get our people back to work and our economy back on track.”

The party anticipates a handful of presidential candidates will be there and about 600 people.

Might Texas Governor, RGA Chairman and soon-to-be presidential contender Rick Perry be one of them? Only time will tell.