There aren’t many times when Republicans have positive things to say about federal spending. One of their popular figures, however, produced one of those rare moments on Tuesday morning.

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (R) appeared on The Daily Rundown and, in the midst of talking about Virginia’s status as the best state for businesses and its decreasing unemployment rate, he noted one major contributing factor to the state’s improving economy. ”The federal government spending has helped, particularly on health care and education,” he said.

Despite that admission, McDonnell still stuck to his usual conservative philosophy. “I am a strong supporter of cutting back federal dollars,” he said. “Long term, we are relying on private sector growth to boost our economy, and not our federal government because we are expecting to cut and we should cut.”

(Watch the video, which first aired on MSNBC on August 17, 2011.)