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McDonnell doesn't want "truce" on social issues

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Capital Land,David Sherfinski

Gov. Bob McDonnell, who's been mentioned a possible vice presidential candidate on the Republican's 2012 national ticket, said Tuesday he doesn’t believe there should be a “truce” on social issues, as had been suggested by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

“These issues go to the heart and soul of what we believe as a people,” McDonnell said.

In an interview with NBC-29’s Adam Rhew, McDonnell went on to say that fiscal issues remain America's top priority and that he campaigned and governs with an eye toward jobs and economic development.

"I believe that’s very much what the focus ought to be now, but to say we’re not going to discuss any social or values issues because they’re controversial – I don’t think [is] the right thing to do,” he said.

McDonnell, who is pro-life and who has pushed for legislation to limit abortions in Virginia, has, for the most part, managed to avoid divisive social issues during his tenure as governor — though he is poised to sign a bill passed by the General Assembly this year that would significantly tighten regulations on abortions in the state.

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