June 15th, 2009
04:10 PM ET
6 years ago

McDonnell gets support from Mark Warner backers

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell is running as a jobs-oriented Republican.
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell is running as a jobs-oriented Republican.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican Bob McDonnell took a page from the Mark Warner playbook on Monday by announcing the formation of a group called "Virginians for McDonnell" - "a broad group of Democrats, Independents and Republicans" supporting his gubernatorial bid, according to his campaign.

The group is patterned after "Virginians for Warner," a committee of Republicans and independents that helped raise money for Mark Warner when he ran for governor in 2001 and for Senate in 2008. In both campaigns, Warner presented himself as a business-minded moderate who could rise above party politics.

McDonnell is taking a similarly pragmatic tack in 2009, even with a conservative voting record and ties to the religious right.

His rival in the race, Democrat Creigh Deeds, is a conservative Democrat who has pledged to follow in the footsteps of Warner and current governor Tim Kaine, both of whom remain popular among Virginia voters. Not surprisingly, Warner himself is sticking with his own party and supporting Deeds.

In 2008, the "Virginians for Warner" coalition counted among its ranks hundreds of Republican and independent officials.

But McDonnell's new group, which includes members from "Virginians for Warner," is considerably smaller: There are 22 members, a roster that includes a few Democrats but no major party figures holding elected office. Most of the group's members are independents and Republicans who supported Warner in the past but are now returning to the GOP fold.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds • Mark Warner
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. GOP or RIP?

    pheonix86 – if you're supporting McDonnell – that's means he's the worng choice.

    You have become a barometer, kinda like Bush was. Anything you suggest has to be the absolute worst thing to do. Thanks for making it so easy on the rest of us to decide.

    "lose civil liberties" hilarious. You know, like warrant less wiretapping and revoking habeaus corpus.

    Hopefully, one day you can pry your head from your...

    June 15, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. katiec

    I sure hope the people of Virginia are too intelligent to put another republican in office. What they have done to our country these last few months and continue to do proves to every voter that our country and our survival is not and never will be as important as their party first, winning at any cost. radical religious rights beliefs and support for big business.
    They all need to be voted out of office.
    And, is it any surprise to any of you that CNN is already on their
    bandwagon. Read their distorted headlines carefully.

    June 15, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    Dutch,

    Doesn't excuse the grammer.

    I guess you would put Warner ahead of Thomas Jefferson? Patrick Henry? James Monroe?

    You must love the guy.

    Rest of my earlier comments stands.

    June 15, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    GOP or RIP,

    I tell you what your leader actually does, and you prefer to ignore the truth. Ignorance must be bliss.

    June 15, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Grrr-awful-o

    Virginia will go back to the Republicans now... you can feel it in the air.

    June 15, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. lovable liberal

    Well, that couldn't be a deceptive headline, could it be?

    At least CNN gets around to the truth in the final paragraph:

    "McDonnell's new group, which includes members from "Virginians for Warner," is considerably smaller: There are 22 members, a roster that includes a few Democrats but no major party figures holding elected office. Most of the group's members are independents and Republicans who supported Warner in the past but are now returning to the GOP fold."

    June 15, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Pat, CA

    to phoenix86: I love all your comments . . . keep up the good work!

    June 15, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Peter

    McDonell is a threat to Deeds, lets see how it turns out..

    June 15, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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