Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R ) said that the United States is undergoing a "conservative renaissance."

"Values really matter...character really counts," McDonnell told a packed audience at the Family Research Council annual Values Voter Summit in Washington.

The conservative governor, who won over Democrat Creigh Deeds in 2009, called for a high voter turnout this November to help elect "a strong conservative leadership."

"Democracy is not a spectator sport," McDonnell said, stressing that Americans should vote for people who believe in limited government and help "unleash" the power of entrepreneurs, small businesses and innovators to stimulate the economy.

"It's an important election," he told the audience, who gave him several standing ovations.