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Posted at 10:20 PM ET, 10/15/2012

McDonnell heads south — and then west -- to continue surrogate tour, RGA duties

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell continues his campaign surrogate tour this week with a number of appearances, kicking off with the second presidential debate on Tuesday night.

Fresh from yet another appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, McDonnell is scheduled to attend the town hall-style debate between President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell speaks during the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 28. (Win McNamee - Getty Images)
Romney, to be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The debate is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m..

McDonnell, whose surrogate duties during the 2012 election cycle included introducing Romney and his vice presidential pick, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) this summer, has been a popular choice for several GOP candidates in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

On Wednesday, McDonnell will be back in Virginia and is scheduled to attend a dinner for his Opportunity Virginia PAC at a private residence in Arlington. On Thursday, the outgoing governor — who is head of the Republican Governors Association — heads to North Carolina, where he will attend a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory.

On Friday, McDonnell heads west, where he will attend a Republican Governors Association breakfast in Billings, Montana, before helping GOP candidate Rick Hill raise money in his bid for governor of the Treasure State. Later Friday, McDonnell lends his support to another GOP gubernatorial hopeful, Rob McKenna, in Tacoma, Washington. He is scheduled to end the day with another GOP governors’ roundtable in the state later that afternoon.

McDonnell plans to spend the weekend on the west coast at a Republican Governors Association Statesman Retreat in Napa, California.

By Errin Haines  |  10:20 PM ET, 10/15/2012

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