August 27th, 2009
10:38 AM ET
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Democrats hope Bush-bashing works in Virginia race

The Deeds campaign is out with a new radio ad bashing Bush.
The Deeds campaign is out with a new radio ad bashing Bush.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Trailing in the polls, Democrat Creigh Deeds is hoping a little Bush-bashing will help him gain ground against Republican Bob McDonnell in the Virginia governor's race.

Just hours after the Republican Governors Association released an ad criticizing the former state senator's record on government spending, the Deeds camp struck back Wednesday night with a new attack ad of their own.

The spot featured a man and a woman chatting about the economy. "How's your summer?" a woman asks. A man responds: "Ugh. Just trying to get by."

"George Bush, what a disaster for our economy," says the woman.

"What I can't figure is why this Bob McDonnell wants to do it just like Bush," the man says, pointing out that McDonnell recent remark that "the Bush economy was 'a revival.'"

At a debate in July, McDonnell said the Bush economic policies enacted after September 11, 2001 are "the reason that we've had this economic revival in America"

Listen: Deeds camp bashes Bush in new radio ad


"I call it a failure," the woman in the ad says. "Why let Bob McDonnell take us back to economic policies that hurt families like mine?"

According to a recent Washington Post poll, 63 percent of Virginia voters blame the Bush administration for the country's troubled economy.

The minute-long ad reveals a new strategy for the Deeds team - embracing the roll of "underdog." The Post poll showed Deeds trailing McDonnell by 15 points among likely Virginia voters.

When the man in the ad declares he's voting for Deeds, his female counterpart responds: "That underdog guy?"

The spot also makes an effort to liken Deeds to the popular former governor - and now senator - Mark Warner. But like the candidate's first TV ad, which debuted last week, the radio spot makes no mention of the current Democratic governor, Tim Kaine, whose approval ratings have tumbled along with the struggling economy.

McDonnell's campaign accused Deeds of going negative to shore up a flagging campaign.

"Today Bob McDonnell was endorsed by Virginia's small business owners, following his endorsements by Virginia's farmers, realtors and credit unions," McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said Wednesday. "Meanwhile Creigh was busy copying the Democrats' New Jersey playbook and launching attacks about former Presidents. The contrast between the two campaigns only grows sharper."


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  1. AstroTurf This

    I really think Obama and Rahm Emanuel are stuck in a campaign world....people are SICK of the blame. It's not working any more. You've milked it for all its worth. Nobody cares. Only the hardcore far-left enjoy it. Everybody else is sick of hearing it. The deficit was $469 billion when Bush left. Obama will have tripled and quadrupled it the first year in office. Our children's children will be paying for the Obama socialist agenda. Actually...they won't. Because the next election we will through these THUGS out of office and reverse all this nonsense. Maybe we will actually get a president who does what is right for the country instead of what is right for their party.

    August 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. single mom

    To quote the song – "You're so two thousand and eight!"
    The Dems need to show how they are moving the country along a better path. If all they can do is Bush-bash, then they show that they don't have any more original ideas than the Republicans.

    August 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. TangledThorns

    This is hilarious, Bush bashing is so 2008.

    August 27, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Dave

    Well if Liberals think and believe that President Bush is "responsible" for the 2009 budget defiect even though it's on President Obama's watch, what do you expect?

    All I know is that it is now plain for ALL of America to see, President Bush did what he had to do to save thousands and perhaps tens of thousands of lives, even you pissed off Liberals. Thank you President Bush for being such a great leader and keeping our country safe – you ROCK !!!!!

    August 27, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Moderate Democrat

    May as well. All the republicans do their entire life is whine and complain and bash people, the whole time they themselves refuse to find any solutions.

    You can dislike it all you like, but the facts are the facts: Bush was a disaster, everything he did was wrong. So anyone that voted along the lines of Bush more then 50% of the time, is a certified retard. Facts are facts. (ps: He didn't protect us, morons, we were attacked Sep 11, while he was in office...and he was in office LONGER then Obama has been so far...he was a total, complete, and utter failure!)

    August 27, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. AstroTurf This

    I don't think it's any coincedence that the "economic crisis" happened just two months before the election. I don't think it's a coincedence that Chuck Schumer caused a run at Indy bank...or that the Dems blocked any kind of measure to keep the banking crisis from happening in the first place. I think it was a calculated move. And I think it was all calculated for Apollo Alliance to grab 80 billion from the stimulus package (probably more...hidden) and cap and trade and that the chairman of the Apollo Alliance is running the fed bank of New York. I think we have organized crime going on here and we the American people are losing not only our freedom to a socialist president...we are going to watch our economy run into the ground. When all of your Czars are socialists...communists...and give speeches on the "great Hugo Chavez" and the liberal media says NOTHING....it's time for Americans to be alarmed. When you koolaid drinkers wake up and realize you're paying $10 for a loaf of bread and eating spam for dinner maybe you'll realize that maybe David Letterman didn't know after all.

    August 27, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. D. Tree

    Whether you like George Bush or not, its unfortunately true: Republicans have no new ideas. They just want to do things the same way that got us in this mess.

    August 27, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. j

    It's the Republican economic policies that got us into this mess. The Republican economic strategies don't work.

    August 27, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. LacrosseMom

    You can't dispute the FACTS, we are in this mess because of Bush's inability to see the "big picture"!

    President Bush was warned in 2007 about the impending bank and housing debacle, and he did not act.

    President Bush started two wars that have bankrupted our nation. How many trillions have been wasted in Iraq & Afghanistan? How many have died? Been maimed? Come home depressed, suicidal?

    Cost of Afghanistan war? NINE BILLION

    Cost of Iraq? THREE TRILLION

    That money could have been used in our Nation. Now its lost.

    August 27, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Rick

    What a bunch of clowns these democrats are........but then again I guess they might as well try campaigning on the anti-Bush platform because they certainly can't campaign on the Obama accomplishments because he is such a dismal failure.

    August 27, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. guythegood

    Wow, fantastic gaggle or goose-stepping right wing proto-fascist wingnuts trying to defend the indefensible in this forum. Bush was a unmitigated disaster unleashed on the world by the American Electorate. Thank god those days are over... or are they ?

    August 27, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Steve (the real one)

    There was a lot of dems who expressed faux outrage at the story yesterday that CNN ran yesterday concerning GOP negative ads in this race. Where the outrage today Dems since your side is running negative ad, or is is because when the Dems do it, all is right with the world. Smells hypocritical to me! Bash Bush? How PROGRESSIVE of you!

    August 27, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Typical Republican

    No...That's not fair...thats us Republicans way of doing things. We are supposed to always get to use the dirt bag tactics and blame someone for all the problems we caused. How dare they start being honest about who is to blame for everything wrong with America. We KNOW we republicans are the true degenerates of american society, but it's not fair to go and tell people the truth.

    STOP telling the truth about us! We republicans don't like it when we are called out on the truth!

    August 27, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. j

    People seem to forget that Obama wasn't even president when the economy collapsed. It took time to drive the economy into the ground. Who was in charge during that time? The Grand Obstructionist Party.

    August 27, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. vic nashville , Tn

    Bill Clinton clean the mess what republicans left

    Obama cleaning the mess what republicans left

    SO N0 MORE REPUBLICANS

    August 27, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Scottyrw

    The REPUBLICAN'Ts don't get it. They were wrong on the economy, they were wrong on the war and weapons of mass distruction, they were wrong on Terri Shivo, they were wrong on the "home owner" society ... and they are wrong on health care.

    August 27, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. daniel

    Amazing: Republicans seem to have forgotten how they blamed Clinton for everything under the sun that went wrong in the Bush years - the recession, deficits, those anchovies that just didn't sit well in the stomach - and continue to whip up outrage and froth that Democrats find fault with Bush. Yes, they absolutely do, but man, these folks can cook up some serious self delusion and self righteousness. As I remember, G.W. Bush was in office nine months when 9/11 happened, and yet that was Clinton's fault, is still Clinton's fault in Republican minds. As I see it, Democrats are at least entitled to blame every bad thing that happens at least up to Sept. 11, 2009 and selectively afterward on Bush. I mean, it's only fair.

    August 27, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. JJ in NY

    Deeds is LOSER !

    Did anybody tell this idiot that Obama is now the president.... has been for several months now . Wouldn't it be better for Deeds to blame his failures and lack of popularity on global warming ?

    August 27, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Gary

    If I had a nickle for every time 8 years ago I heard " It will take 2 years to fix Clintons mistakes. It was even said during the last campain.
    It still amazes me how the republicans can see into the future to what " Might " happen if! But can't seem to remember what did happened the last 8 years. You might say there a bunch of clarvoyant amnesiacts.

    August 27, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Rick In OP

    This is the Democrats new strategy:
    When you are collapsing in the polls and the electorate does not believe anything you say, just BLAME IT ALL ON BUSH!
    Isn’t this the same strategy President Obama is now using?

    August 27, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. LIinPA

    Soros Hedge Fund Bought Petrobras Stake Worth $811 Million –not Bush's fault, the kicker is $2 billion of stimulus $$ was just handed over to Petrobus in Brazil, so they can dril, baby, drill and then the US can buy the oil!

    Twisted!

    August 27, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Biased

    So when, democrats, does the blaming everything on someone else ever stop? If I remember correctly the Democrats were in control of the house and pursestrings for the last 2 years of Bush's presidency and at the control of the Fanny and Freddy meltdown etc. Didn't the dems promise way back then to end the war as soon as they took control and stop the spending on it? Oh yes, facts are a funny thing to be forgotten when you can't stand on your own merit and must always have an enemy for someone to hate. Where is the Obama change he promised? Sounds like the same old blame game as always!

    August 27, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. JP

    When you find nothing to stand up on, do the Bush bashing.
    Many victories have been already won solely on the merit of that.

    August 27, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. valwayne

    You know a candidate is in trouble when he doesn't seem to know who he's running against. :-)

    August 27, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. J Johnson

    You republicans really get fired up when Bush's name is mentioned in the context of failure. Could it be that he was a failure and that his dreadful policies, or lack there of, are still influencing the economy?We all know Bush was a terrible president, hence the sore spot that is present with many of you GOPers.

    August 27, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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