INTERVIEW: McDonnell discusses budget, GOP response

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia's new Governor Bob McDonnell has been busy in his first few weeks in office.

The republican learned last week that he has will give the GOP response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Wednesday night.

He will provide that response, live from the state capitol in Richmond.

The Governor joins me for his first live television interview since taking the oath of office.
See the video at right for the full interview.

Q: What do you expect to talk about Wednesday night, when you are given this rare national stage?

Q: The response can be a dicey proposition, Bobby Jindal delivered last year's to mixed reviews. How do you compete with the pomp and circumstance of a state of the union, and still get your message across?

Q: Let's talk about Virginia now- your legislative colleagues have basically thrown out Tim Kaine's budget, meaning you will have to start over. How are you going to fill this $4 billion hole?

Q: Speaking of transitions. Governor Kaine released a proposal before he left office that would've extended health benefits for state employees in same-sex relationships. It was a plan that would take 18 months to implement. What is the status of this plan and are willing to continue the initiative?

Q: Finally- you talked a lot about transportation in your state of the commonwealth. Rest areas, speed limit, but you didn't talk much about solving the gridlock issue on Virginia highways. You talked a lot about your plan during the campaign. When will you begin to put it into action?

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