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. Paul

    And CNN is rooting for Mcdonell......

    Why why CNN?

    June 15, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Neutralizer

    I hope Mcdonnel wins in VA. Time for the American people to CLEAN the US government from the bottom all the way to the top. REMOVE ALL DEMOCRAPS FROM THEIR ELECTED OFFICE, THEY'RE CORRUPT!

    June 15, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    As said as it is to say, republicans may win back the governor's mansion here in VA. The reason why Deeds won the primary so convincingly is because republicans voted for him. Republicans are aware that McDonnell beat Deeds for the AG job, so they voted for Deeds because they know he can beat him again. My fellow Virginians, we needs to come out in full force on 11/4/09 and vote for Deeds.

    June 15, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    Hey Dutch:

    ..."we needs..."?

    McDonnell will form a coalition of support from voters that see the Obama administration's disregard for individual civil liberties and constitutional provisions; the expropriation of private businesses; and his demonstrated weakness against America's enemies as the wrong policy for America.

    Basically everyone with an IQ over 5.

    June 15, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. jj

    And CNN starts it's election game.....

    Let's see if those few backers will translate to people's vote...

    This make people of VA to think when the media gravitate towards one candidate....

    June 15, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. seebofubar

    Watch out obamaheads! Americans are waking up and realizing what a mistake it was to give the reigns of our country to am immature unexperienced egomaniac. You are going to see a republican rebound like never brfore in history. KEEP IT UP OBAMA YOU'R OUR BEST ALLY.

    June 15, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Frank

    Wake up America. There already has been another terrorist attack on American soil since the twin towers event of 09/11/01.

    The right-wing, fantatical, anti-abortion, christian terrorists have killed an innocent Medical Doctor.

    We must stop these domestic terrorists with all force at our disposal.

    June 15, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Crazy Cat Lady

    Wait, what? CNN, your headline says: "McDonnell gets support from Mark Warner backers" but the story is all about how McDonnell is copying a campaign strategy used by Warner. Warner's coalition numbered in the hundreds; McDonnell's, even counting Republicans "returning to the fold" - is a pitiful 22.

    That headline is blatant bait and switch.

    June 15, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Once You Vote Black: Mute Newt

    Between Northern VA and Hampton Roads the Deeds will carry VA in this confederate capital state.

    June 15, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Big G

    @Phoenix 86 – Dutch is just exercising his "color" in his speech with "we needs". And I'm sure he meant "sad" rather than "said". Some people need to go to school instead of blogging nonsense.

    @Neutralizer – I sure hope you are right. By election time, the stupid democRATS will have made everyone remember why they were voted out in the first place!

    June 15, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ phoenix86

    Obviously you live in Arizona and not Virginia. If you knew some history of this state, the last republican governor we had(James Gilmore) was terrible. Mark Warner was by far our best governor.

    June 15, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. worriedmom

    This is GREAT! Even though I tend to vote Repubican, I voted for Mark Warner. He was a great Governor and he represents Virginia well! He would be a great President!!

    June 15, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. jan

    Government run-business, no matter it's healthcare, car companies, insurance ... IT IS TERRIBLE.

    I was from a country where Government runs almost everything. You want to complain? No way. Terrible, terrible, terrible. Only stupid and lazy people will love government owned business.

    June 15, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Fallin Emory

    Yes! McDonnell for GSOV!

    June 15, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Rose

    I live in Roanoke, Virginia and I can tell you from door-to-door canvassing for Creigh Deeds in 8 dfferent precincts, that there are lots of folks here that would never vote for McDonnell after voting down the stimulus money that would've helped the unemployed. McDonnell underestimates how much people admire Deeds and want him to be our governor.

    June 15, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. chat

    Government owned business not matter it's insurance, healthcare, car ... it is TERRIBLE.

    I was from a country whrere government runs almost everything. You want to complain? No way. The beurocracy will make you crazy.

    June 15, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Pragmatic

    Is this republican representing the "real Virginia" we heard so much about last year? Never did figure out which was the "real" one and which was the imaginary one....

    June 15, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If Deeds can get all of McAullife's and Moran's people behind him, he'll have a fighting chance. As for Big G, get a life.

    June 15, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Doug, New Jersey

    May the good people of Virginia who actually have a heart and soul defeat the nasty, hateful, dishonest socialist party.

    You can see red vs blue in this state very clearly. Drive up in the Northern lib part, then drive in the kind hearted decent people conservative southern part. Unless you are evil, you will see Democrats for who they really are. PLEASE, take out life insurance if you have a family before driving in an ultra lib mecca like the DC area, thank you.

    June 15, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. common sense

    People with common sense will know how bad it it will be ... your business, your healthcare depends on the will of the government.

    BTW, Iran's election reminds me of the 2000 election and the 2008 election where ACORN AND THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA HELP ELECT BARACK H. OBAMA. I remember he didn't like us call him his middle name by that election period.

    He is not skillful in governing yet very skillful in playing politics. This was the first time in my life I casted my vote to the REPUB. He concealed his records, medical, college, his present votes in the senate, his frequent absent in senate ... He was and he is not an open book as most of the presidential candidates in our history; he gets a FREE RIDE ON ALMOST EVERYTHING. I get sick of the one-sided opinion / coverage.

    June 15, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. common sense

    Bye, CNN. I watched your prog. almost every night. But I cut your show after the election. I got sick of the biased reporting. Please don't get me wrong. I am pro-choice. I am a moderate liberal and I am a long time DEM PARTY SUPPORTER AND DONOR.

    June 15, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. T R

    Sorry, I think we have shown our distaste in Virginia for Republican governors-like Jim Gilmore, who almost bankrupt the state and then went on to work with "W" to do the same to the country. The last two governors are making it better for our kid's future, not the tax cuts at any cost crowd-but real thinking. Kinda nice for a change....

    June 15, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. JohnS

    The GOP now tries with making things up.
    Nice try. But the Republicans are just way down in the polls and the trend is rather declining.

    The GOP needs to come with something better, smocking mirror does not work.

    June 15, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. GOP or RIP?

    common sense June 15th, 2009 4:57 pm ET

    People with common sense will know how bad it it will be … your business, your healthcare depends on the will of the government.

    BTW, Iran's election reminds me of the 2000 election and the 2008 election where ACORN AND THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA HELP ELECT BARACK H. OBAMA. I remember he didn't like us call him his middle name by that election period.
    ________________________________________________________

    Obama was elected in 2000 by the MSM? Wow, I never knew. I guess the republican's are right that this country went down the tubes due to Obama. I though W was pres, but I guess it was Obama. Learn something new everyday!!!

    June 15, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. T R

    There won't be enough to make the difference the Repugs need due to the fact most thinking people aren't with them any more, but there are always the Rush Lamebrain listeners and the Faux News talking points crowd that still are quite getting it. Make our businesses able to compete in the world by taking the burden of healthcare off them. And yes-unless you need a check up from the neck up, you can tell our health care system is broken-47 million uninsured, REpubs didn't even want to cover poor children-how shameful. All the love in the womb and none outside it....lame.

    June 15, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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