Governor-Elect McDonnell prepares to take oath of office.

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) –  NBC12 sat down with the governor-elect today for a wide ranging interview on a number of topics. McDonnell said it is not difficult for him to know what to focus on first. His campaign slogan was "Bob's 4 Jobs".

Incoming Governor Bob McDonnell knows why he was elected and he knows what he needs to get done.

"I mean we're good, I think we can be excellent," said McDonnell.

McDonnell outlined a long list of improvements he thinks can be made in state government during the campaign. Improvements that will have to be made to a government system that consistently ranks as one of the best in the country. The governor elect believes that in this difficult time, being the best is not good enough and the people of Virginia demand more.

"It's all going to start with fiscal responsibility and creating jobs and opportunity. I think that is the reason those are the key reasons that people elected me and I am going to make that my top priority in this first couple of weeks," he said.

Among his proposals, will be the creation of a permanent, sustained government reform group, whose principle responsibility will be to examine public operations to make sure they are running efficiently. If they aren't, McDonnell claims he will be willing to make tough decisions.

"Do we need every agency that we've had for 100 years, all 156 of them? Do they all do the things that need to be done, or can we find some savings there?" asked McDonnell.

We will have more with the new governor elect in the days leading up to his inauguration, including what he thinks of all the national buzz he is receiving about a potential run for the White House and how that will impact his work here in Richmond.

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