It is impossible for politics to escape the narrative of any news story in the months leading up to a presidential election, but Governor Bob McDonnell did his best tonight to make the point that when it comes to the situation in Libya, everyone needs to be on the same page.
"These are times that unify Americans in what we do to protect our interests," he said.
In an interview Wednesday night McDonnell, a strong supporter of Governor Mitt Romney, did not use the opportunity to criticize the way President Barack Obama handled the situation. Instead he applauded the way both the president and Governor Romney responded in the wake of the attack.
"Both the President and Governor Romney have said that this was a despicable act and the people responsible need to be brought to justice," McDonnell said.
Romney was critical of how the Obama administration reacted to the initial reports from Libya. Mr. Obama was quick to respond to that criticism.
McDonnell, a retired Army officer, stressed that the attack needs an appropriate response and that the American people cannot forget that the world is still a "dangerous place".
"Everybody agrees that this is a despicable act that needs to have a certain response" He said. "I trust the president and his team will do exactly that."
An extended clip from Governor McDonnell's interview can be found below: