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Bob McDonnell: OK, Obama Deserves A Little Credit

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McDonnell's argument -- that Obama helped a little but not enough -- contradicts Romney's core 2012 message, which is that Obama has made the economy worse. It reflects the pitfalls of the overarching Republican message that the economy is lousy while many GOP governors elected in 2010 tout improvements in their states.

But McDonnell also did his best to attack Obama -- specifically his energy policies and "over-burdensome" regulations -- and make the case for his candidate.

"Think how much better we'd do if we had President Romney," he said. "There's something going on with Republican-governed states. Seven out of the 10 states nationwide, Candy, that have the lowest unemployment rates: Republican governor states."

Watch the video, via CNN, starting around 3:10.

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