With Vice President Joe Biden scheduled to visit a Norfolk high school Tuesday morning, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and other Republicans used the occasion to criticize the Obama administration.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks in Washington on Feb. 26. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

The governor said President Obama had failed to make needed cuts in entitlement programs and discretionary domestic spending, and instead focused disproportionately on defense cuts.

“I think that’s not good for our nation and not good for Virginia,” McDonnell said. “That’s just not good leadership and I think we can do better.”

McDonnell, often mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick, nonetheless said he welcomed Biden to Virginia. The vice president and and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will discuss college affordability at Maury High School in Norfolk.

“We’re always delighted to have the president or vice president here in Virginia,” McDonnell said.