RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Governor Bob McDonnell was quickly thrust into the national spotlight, as he appeared before an audience of millions to deliver the republican response.
The governor spoke for ten minutes in the House of Delegates chamber. Rare for this type of response, he did it surrounded by a live audience of invited guests who heard a message about keeping government in check.
"The circumstances of our time demand that we reconsider and restore the proper, limited role of government at every level. Without reform, the excessive growth of government threatens our very liberty and prosperity," said McDonnell.
Governor McDonnell sprinkled quick stories about his family with issues affecting Virginians and the country as a whole.
McDonnell said government should not pile on more taxation or run the healthcare system. Government should create jobs - and provide more school choices, and it should be done, he said, without stepping on the rights of individuals or states.
"Top-down one-size fits all decision making should not replace the personal choices of free people in a free market, nor undermine the proper role of state and local governments in our system of federalism. As our founders clearly stated, and we governors understand, government closest to the people governs best," said McDonnell.
The governor was criticized today by democratic state legislator Don McEachin of Richmond who wondered why the governor has time to promote a national agenda while Virginia faces a $4-billion budget crisis.
But the governor's camp had no response to that. In general, the remarks were received very well by a room of family and political allies.