With today’s Republican National Convention business scrapped, there’s much cable television time to be filled and plenty of elected officials in Tampa who are willing to oblige. Here’s Gov. Bob McDonnell appearing this afternoon on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” discussing whether the GOP is a sufficiently inclusive party. Among other things, he was asked to respond to the firestorm surrounding Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s widely condemned comments about abortion and rape.
“That doesn’t affect the overall party or the overall message of Mitt Romney,” McDonnell said. “He’s been very clear that this race is about getting our country out of debt, back to work.”
McDonnell also is scheduled to appear on PBS’ “NewsHour” program tonight, and has interviews lines up with CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” at 7:15 p.m. and with CNN’s John King at 10:30 p.m. McDonnell is part of the GOP’s roster of speakers for Tuesday night’s convention program.
– Michael Sluss