As a follow-up to the video I posted on Tuesday, here is what preceded it. (That sounds rather oxymoronic, doesn't it?)
Before gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell answered questions from the news media on the porch of Jefferson Hall on the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on March 31, he addressed a group of about 65 (by my rough count) supporters, GOP activists, and curious onlookers. Perhaps due to the rally being held at 1:00 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon, the audience consisted largely of retirees and college students. (About 10 percent of the crowd were members of the Fourth Estate, including reporters from local TV and radio stations, the Daily Progress, and the Charlottesville weeklies.)
Delegate Rob Bell (R-Albemarle/Greene/Orange) acted as master of ceremonies for the event. In this video segment, he begins by pointing out local dignitaries in the audience, calls on people to lead the group in prayer and in the Pledge of Allegiance, and calls upon Albemarle County Republican Committee chairman Christian Schoenewald to introduce the featured speaker.
Former Attorney General Bob McDonnell then takes to the lectern to give a version of is campaign kick-off tour stump speech. His remarks took about 20 minutes, so I have divided them into two parts.
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