McDonnell Accepts: It's About Jobs

Bob McDonnell's campaign acceptance speech, as his campaign had been, was about jobs in Virginia. No jabs at President Obama or health care or anything going on in Washington, really. Some general conservatism and one line about keeping taxes down, but mostly just jobs in Virginia.

After running down a list of thank-yous that included RNC Chairman Michael Steele and Missisippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), McDonnell listed the people he'd met throughout the state that were looking for more job creation and opportunity, and got into his ethos:

"I've met Virginians that have a need and are searching or a much brighter future...some have last their jobs, some have lost their homes, some have lost their businesses...leading Virginia will require innovation and cooperation...my promise to you as governor is the same as my promise to you as candidate for governor...and that is to strengthen the free enterprise system, to create more jobs and opportunity," he said.

"I pledge to you that we will honor the words of Thomas Jefferson to keep a wise and frugal government...keeping...taxes...to a minimum here in Virginia so the freedoms can grow," McDonnell said.

McDonnell thanked his supporters, and told those who didn't support him, "I say to you, give me a chance to earn your trust to work with you for the betterment of the commonwealth of Virginia."

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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