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Encouraging news today on the nation's number one issue are beleaguered economy the Department of Labor announcing the four week average of people filing for unemployment dropped.
To a four year low.
So why does the president want to weigh down the recovery with the new global tax on businesses.
And a ballooning national debt.
Here with real prescreen prescription.
For job growth and budget discipline Virginia governor Bob McDonnell chairman of the Republicans governors association.
What over the show great to see you again sir.
Appearance both forming get -- -- record in Virginia which is by the way impressive when it comes to jobs.
I have to ask you about this red hot story that's gotten so much ink so many women in particular fired up.
This was -- bill an abortion bill that would have mandated.
That women get what's called a trans vaginal ultrasound if they were getting an abortion of course this is an invasive technique not the old fashioned ultrasound.
-- it's done on the exterior of a pregnant woman's -- But and they said and to my thinking.
And overreach of government that's astonishing.
U flip flopped on this U backed the bill and now you saying now why.
That you're I think you've got a wrong IA -- I support the concept of an ultrasound requirement.
And and it's part of the formal informed consent.
I still support that -- what I requested is simply an amendment.
That requires an abdominal ultrasound I don't think we ought to be mandating by state law.
-- another kind of invasive procedures so it's not a flip flop we learned during the process that there were more than just a -- -- for sounds that work.
Required we found that there was some concerns legally constitutionally it's well it's medically.
-- so I asked Byrd amendment to be made the bill is still low rolling along.
And I hope it'll pass because what -- the people like me that are pro life.
Simply hoped that women have all the information that they need.
Including something like an ultrasound.
Before they make the ultimate decision so that that's what the -- -- we've clarified that and now I hope they don't -- -- you know when you look at -- national.
GOP debate and running for president.
What -- seen in the last couple weeks is is and it is it looked to socially she is and that's sort of what I brought this up to Begin with yep because abortion is a social issue.
Has -- then a mistake by the GOP candidates should they be focusing instead on the economy.
Security -- that's a good very good question and my view is they are.
I mean it -- in Virginia while some of these bills have gotten attention pushed by the Democrats and some of the laughed 97%.
Of all the bills that we have advocated back a 100% of mind.
Our jobs in the economy and taxes and spending and energy and education and higher -- and veterans.
I mean that's my agenda this year there's just a handful of bills that have seem to get more attention I think at that.
Federal level these values issues are important to us as Americans people want to know where you stand on.
Life and family and marriage and -- and religious liberty.
But but overall what our candidates are talking about at every level is how -- we get people back to work had a we make their greatest country on earth solvent again how -- we get out of debt how -- we credit good energy policy I really do think that's the heart and soul.
But what this campaign is about a 2012 -- what.
What primarily our our people are talking about.
Well governor you don't look.
Do you have an unemployment rate of six point 2% in Virginia -- -- nation languages it languishes at a point three have a good record there.
How we understand.
Our social issues and economic issues.
-- in your view or at this point in time with with the country's still wrestling.
With an economy that's punk let's face it.
Isn't jobs more important that any social issue right now.
About absolutely the values always count character always matters in our country go back to 32 -- 35 years the foundation.
But right now.
People are solely focused I think on jobs the economy taxes and spending and frankly leadership that's what's gonna Germany outcome of this election.
And that's why I think our conservative candidates are gonna have.
Have a better run and let the recent merger has got that six point 2% unemployment rate.
It's because we focus like a laser the last two years on keeping taxes and regulation low.
We've been very aggressive in getting new moneys for economic development programme -- I've traveled nationally and internationally to promote Virginia that that's why we're doing well.
Governor thanks for coming on tonight I I think we had a hard here thank you -- -- good thank you.