- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 30, 2009

RICHMOND — Standing before an excited crowd of party faithful, former Attorney General Bob McDonnell accepted his party’s nomination for governor Saturday at the Richmond Coliseum.

Calling the race “one of the most pivotal elections in Virginia history,” Mr. McDonnell told the more than 10,000 convention delegates that he would not let them down as he tries to become the first Republican governor since 2002.

Mr. McDonnell, who was running unopposed for the nomination, has been trying to appeal to conservatives as well as more moderate and independent voters.

The tone of his speech was inclusive focusing on job creation and the economy but also touching on issues important to the mostly conservative delegates gathered at the coliseum.

“That is what this campaign is all about: Advancing innovative, workable, conservative solutions, through a wise and frugal government, that will create new jobs and more opportunities for every region of Virginia,” he said.

The crowd gave the largest applause when Mr. McDonnell promised to protect gun ownership and the rights of unborn Americans. The crowd roared with approval when he promised to start off shore drilling off the coast of Virginia.

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