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McDonnell Announces Plans to Run for Governor, Calls for Return to Federalist Principles

Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell confirmed what had been an open secret during an address before the Federalist Society Thursday—his plan to run for governor of Virginia in 2009. While touching on topics from immigration to last year’s state budget crisis, McDonnell spent much of his talk discussing the federalist principles he holds dear and denouncing the federal government’s encroaching role in criminal justice and education—areas that remain the domain of the state under the U.S. Constitution, McDonnell argued.