August 26th, 2009
03:59 PM ET
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GOP group launches first attack ad against Creigh Deeds

A GOP group launched the first attack ad of the Virginia general election.
A GOP group launched the first attack ad of the Virginia general election.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A Republican political action committee launched the first negative ads of the Virginia gubernatorial race on Wednesday, accusing Democrat Creigh Deeds of supporting wasteful government spending.

The ads - one on TV and one on the radio - come one day after the Republican candidate, Bob McDonnell, unveiled an upbeat ad promising to make Virginia "the energy capital of the East Coast."

Wednesday's ad, titled "Big Spender," was created by a group called Virginia Common Sense PAC, an offshoot of the Republican Governors Association. The 30-second ad will air statewide, except in the costly northern Virginia media market.

The ad shows video of Deeds on the campaign trail in April, before his victory in the Democratic primary, telling voters that in early 2008 he offered $1 billion in state budget amendments - the highest amount sought by any state senator.

(Story updated with reaction after the jump)


"Big spender Creigh Deeds," a female narrator says. "Know him by his words. Know him by his deeds."

The budget amendment factoid came from the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star - but the ad does not mention the fact that $870 million of Deeds' spending proposals, to be distributed over two years, were aimed at raising teacher salaries to the national average.

The ad was released along with a minute-long radio ad, also running statewide, that likens Deeds to "Washington politicians spending billions every week." The McDonnell campaign is making a major effort to tie Deeds to President Obama and the administration's economic agenda, an attempt to portray the Democratic candidate as too liberal for Virginia voters.

"Creigh Deeds is proud of his spending, and he brags about it in speeches," says the narrator in the radio ad.

The Deeds campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ad.

UPDATE: The Deeds team responded by linking McDonnell to Obama's predecessor. "It's no surprise that Bob McDonnell would attack Creigh Deeds for trying to raise teacher salaries, since McDonnell repeatedly voted against Virginia's public schools," said Deeds campaign spokesman Jared Leopold. "This ad is just another attempt to deflect attention from Bob McDonnell's support for George W. Bush's economic policies."

UPDATE 2: Virginia Republicans point out that Common Sense Virginia - an arm of the Democratic Governors Assocation - went negative early, spending more than $3 million on TV ads pummeling McDonnell this spring. That was before the general election, when three Democratic candidates were mired in a tough primary battle. McDonnell, however, was already the GOP nominee at that point.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Farrell in Houston

    "Virginia the energy capital of the East coast", sounds good, but fictional. Bob McDonnell sounds like a very desperate if not stupid making such an idiotic statement unless he plans on cutting down all the trees in Virginia to make firewood.

    August 26, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Luke Brown

    Did anyone really expect the Republicans to stay positive? I guess their only hope is to tear others down.

    August 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. James Brown

    Uhh...not to distract anyone from the facts, but Deeds was the one who started in on the negative campaigning. Both sides were talking issues that were relevant to the states current needs. When Deeds started lagging in the polls, he turned to attacking McDonnell on social issues in order to gain traction. When that failed he started trying to tie himself to Obama's policies. That's not working well, either.

    So...McDonnell actually runs a negative ad and somehow this is "typical Republican attack tactics"?

    The "inconveient truth" is that Deeds is going to stoop alot lower and dig in to even less relevant topics to try and get his poll points back. Bet on it.

    August 26, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. carlos, that one

    there is only one honest candidate......vote for Craig Deeds.....if you vote the other way..what did you get the last 8 (count them) eight years??....soon half of the gop issers will be in jail anyway.......as for the current gov. of N.J.....he will win it for the educated liberals and proud of saying it..........as for the repugnant regressives reptiles........hissing all the way to C Street in DC

    August 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Rose

    As a resident of Virginia, I can say that Creigh Deeds has been a fine state legislator (he wrote Megan's Law) and will be an excellent governor. Creigh is a moderate Democrat and has some very good ideas for stimulating Virginia's economy. McDonnell, on the other hand, is a right-wing conservative trying to pass himself off as a moderate. He's responsible for turning down stimulus to help the unemployed. Not a nice guy and not the person we need to run this state.

    August 26, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Lynne

    For once it would be nice if the Republicans would actually run an ad explaining what they would DO instead of their constant character assassination and attacks.

    Fear seems to work however even though the Republicans have done virtually NOTHING for years to improve the lives of middle class and working class people. What they have done is divide America so badly that it is virtually at a stalemate no matter who is in charge.

    August 26, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. RealityKing

    CNN thinks that campaign ads pointing out HUGE deficit spenders are negative . Pricelss...

    August 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Deborah Black

    That is wrong, there are 9 trillion dollars of imaginary debt, if nothing changes over the next decade. Which plenty will if we keep Democrats in office. We will have a surplus again. But that is ok, we have come to expect nothing but lies and misrepresentation from the right; well let me take that back, we also expect them to come armed and threaten anyone who does not look just like them or agree to their extremist views.

    August 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    Deeds- Tim Kaine, Mark Warner and Jim Webb burnt all bridges in VA.

    August 26, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Robert

    republicans-gotta love them. the very group that supported starting unnecessary wars costing trillions of dollars and human life spent over seas are accusing people of wasteful spending? puhleez. if this came from some other group of people i would understand--but the republican party? PUHLEEEEEZE.

    August 26, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Enough

    A Republican being negative (again)...shocking. How any decent person can continue to support this GOP and its negativity is beyond comprehension.

    Do good Americans not understand that if they support this Republican nonsense (birthers, lies, deathers, hypocrisy, C Street fundamentalism, etc.) in the coming elections, the GOP will only continue this deplorable behavior on our great nation?

    America deserves better.

    August 26, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Ha Ha Ha Ha

    Ha Ha Ha Ha …….. :)
    Supporting Wasteful Government Spending……………$400 million Deeds' proposal to raise teacher salaries to the national average……........ "Teachers Salaries" = Wasteful

    Ha Ha Ha Ha …………. :P
    What a Joke………….. Ha Ha Ha………..

    $12 Billion Every Month on Iraq War = NOT Wasteful.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha………
    4300 US Troop Died = NOT Wasteful.
    $ 800 Billion Spent on Iraq war so far, Still there is no Guarantee that America is Safe = Not Wasteful.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha………..
    It would be better, had we Paid Al Quida $ 800 Billion, They would Promise never to Attack us…………

    What a Joke the GOP is…………. Ha Ha Ha Ha :P

    August 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Post always rejected by CNN

    I'll say that for them...that is the only thing republicans are good for...attack attack attack ads, usually juiced up with their own brand of lied.

    August 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. William

    As a resident of Central Virginia I can say that Creigh deeds has not been a fine state legislator, yes he has had his moments, but so has Nancy Pelosi, although I can't remember when. Unfortunately Virginia doesn't have enough revenue for Deeds to spend, ever wonder where he is planning to get the money for his proposals??? I personally support Bob McDonnell for governor as we need a centrist type Republican such as Bob who does not fall off the right side of the planet. We don't need wild spending at this time we need a good solid fiscal plan and we don't need the taxes Deeds would certainly lay on us. Bob McDonnell was very astute in turning down a piece of the stimulus package as it would have saddled the state of Virginia with a new burden to fund when the stimulus money ran out. If you had read the fine print you couldn't accept the money without obligating the state to continue the unfunded program on its own once the stimulus money was gone. McDonnell is a SMART guy and exactly what we need in times like these is a SMART guy running the state not a big spender.

    August 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Fnord-a-saurus Rex

    All hail discordia!!

    August 26, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. katiec

    The republicans seem to easily forget they spent like drunken sailors these last eight years. There was not a spending bill they did not rubberstamp unless, of course, it pertained to something that would
    help middle class etc.
    They forget the humumgous deficit they created, one that did not
    include the cost of the unjustified war.
    Their hypocrasy, dishonor knows no limits.

    August 26, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Zaley

    What a mess the Republican Party has become.

    August 26, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Irma in North Carolina

    The republicans cant even hold their hate for a couple of days, since senator kennedy died. This just go to show you what they are made of.

    August 26, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. rightsaid

    Let's go Deeds!

    August 26, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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