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Va. governor calls Obama ads dishonest

Friday - 7/13/2012, 2:01pm  ET

AP Political Writer

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says President Barack Obama's ads accusing Republican Mitt Romney of outsourcing jobs while a venture capitalist at Bain Capital are dishonest.

McDonnell said Friday that the Obama campaign should take down those ads making the claim.

The Republican governor said the Obama ads are not relevant because they stem from a time after Romney left as Bain Capital's director in 1999 to head the Salt Lake City Olympics.

McDonnell, at a news conference organized by the Romney campaign at a trucking company near Williamsburg, suggested the ads will backfire on the president with independent, undecided voters. The same holds for Democratic demands that Romney release more of his income tax returns.

"It's not Mitt Romney's tax returns people are concerned about, it's their own tax returns," McDonnell said.

McDonnell and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spoke in Williamsburg before the National Governors Association convened for its annual summer meeting. Walker concurred with McDonnell on the ads. Both have been mentioned as potential Romney running mates.

McDonnell, who is host for the first NGA meeting in Virginia in 55 years, nervously laughed off suggestions that Obama scheduled five Virginia campaign events the same weekend to Bigfoot the governors' conference. Three of Obama's events are within about an hour's drive of Williamsburg.

"You'll have to ask him," McDonnell said.

Obama is scheduled to campaign in Virginia over the next two days.

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