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. Johnny DC

    Classic. How long will Democrats try to punch their tickets with this same argument? A decade? Forever?

    How soon they forget that legislative control has been theirs since 2006, and full control of both legislative and executive branches since early 2009.

    And still we plummet.

    And still it is GWB's fault. Sure.

    August 27, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Chris from NC

    Bush is old news, man. Besides, you're not running for President. Good old-fashioned Republican bashing might work for you.

    August 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Predicta

    Get over it already. Bush bashing played to the crowds in the election. Not anymore. It gets tiresome every time Dems blame Bush for Obama's failed policies.

    August 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. mjm

    Government run Freddie and Fannie caused the economy to turn south, not Bush.

    The economy was great until 2006, it would have remained great if it wasn't for Fannie and Freddie.

    We all heard Bush warn congress about Freddie and Fannie in 2003 and 2004. Frank wanted to "roll the dice".

    Democrats always want to blame someone else for their failures

    August 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. libs r fools

    bush is not president anymore, i guess thats the only excuse the libs have, they have no real solutions

    August 27, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Rob

    Breaking News...Bush is not in office anymore!!! Why must you dems always look to Bush, can you not win on your own. Its amazing how people can bash Bush and its ok, but oh no we disagree with obama everyone's racist and is trying to drag him down, just makes me sick.

    August 27, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Wake Up

    That's all the dems do. Blame Bush for everything! Dem policies are nightmares for the country, so they have to scare people, and lie about the past. Get Obama and his minions out.

    August 27, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. John

    When exactly are the Democrats going to stop blaming everything on Bush?

    The economy has not quickly rebounded with the stimlus. Blame it on Bush.

    There was a surge of American deaths in Afghanistan. Blame it on Bush.

    Our deficit is sky-rocketing. Blame it on Bush.

    Our Olympic ping pong team always loses to the Chinese. Blame it on Bush.

    As a Republican, I feel compelled, should we start to see a spike in inflation, to lay the blame on Andrew Jackson's 1836 issue of the Specie Circular. The Democrats? Yup, blame it on Bush.

    August 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. dale

    Who is the best of two evils? The one who lies the least. I personally think all people currently in office need to be replaced.

    August 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. SHIRLEY "61"

    It is too bad that a lot of the people in this country don't get that it is the Cheney/Bush administration and the repubs in general, who have put us on the brink of disaster through their dishonesty, hatred, arrogance, and greed, which built up over many years . Voting more of them into office with the same mindset as those who are there already, (to further destroy the middle class which is the running engine of our country) simply must not happen. I am very afraid that if more are sent to congress to lead us, we may never recover.

    August 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. J.P.

    Bush is gone, kids. It's your guy now. Your socialist guy. The economy is collapsing and you can't blame this on Bush any longer.

    Obama's budget shortfall this year alone eclipses eight years of Bush's shortfalls combined. If Bush's debt was the problem, then how is Obama's super-hyper-mega-debt, several times larger than all of Bush's, the solution?

    The nation isrevolting against this unprecedented, unconstitutional government annexation of the private sector. ... and not just conservatives and republicans, either... independents, too, in large numbers.

    But if you still feel compelled to rage on with your Bush Derangement Syndrome, please do so.

    Jim Moran threw concerned protestors out of his townhall meeting this week. We'll see who gets thrown out by whom in November 2010.

    August 27, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Jane/Seattle

    Bush is a sorry soul who created more destruction in the world than anyone in recent memory. Politically, I think it would be better to just focus on correcting the errors than targeting Bush. Everyone knows he was an evil force for violence. He has hurt more than Saddam at this point. Christian charity and love are revealed by actions, not talk. The results of Bush et al and their actions is evident everywhere in this world. Empire is gone and this empire is crumbling due to wars. The Soviets could have told you, but to paraphrase the Bible, Proverbs: A wise man sees the folly and turns away, but a foolish man continues on to his own doom. We need to investigate, prosecute, and let them suffer the consequences for their murderous actions. Stick to the issues and let others get Bush and his cronies.

    August 27, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Gale

    Yep, that's the way to win an election! Keep bashing Bush and pretty soon the Dumborats will run out of excuses for failure. Then what?

    August 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Patrick - Indianapolis

    Remember folks, demonizing your opposition does nothing to promote your agenda. It only serves to make you look foolish. The only people who are attracted to negative campaigning are the ignorant and uneducated. Sadly enough, there are so many people that fit into this category. What has this nation come to?

    August 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    These people are really so stupid as to try "George Bush, what a disaster for our economy"?

    Obama has wasted more money in seven months than Bush did in eight years and that kind of comment is just going to give the Reps an opening to bring that up. Do the Dems think for a millisecond that the Reps aren't going to hammer them with things like the expected 9 trillion dollar deficit the Dems are planning to saddle the economy with?

    "It's the economy, stupid," worked once before, and it's likely to work again this time for any Dem who doesn't get as far away as possible from Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of the far-left tax-and-spend crowd. Bashing Bush isn't going to help them do that–Bush is no longer relevant; a very scary Democratic economy is what concerns people now.

    August 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Some republican guy

    Enough with the Bush bashing!!! President Bush was a great American who got rid of that Saddom Hussain guy who blew up the world trade center. The economy flourished under him until the evil teleprompted Obamabot got ahold of it and ruined it. Now they are trying to turn us into socialists just like Canada. They're trying to teach my grandbabies that we come from monkeys!!! Monkeys!!!! They want my gramma to commit suicide so social security doesn't go broke!!! They are going to take away my assault rifles. And we still haven't seen a birth certificate for the Kenyan Obamabot!!! Have a nice day!

    August 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Dan Holiday

    Hopefully, one day, the liberals will decide to use another tactic instead of fear mongering and hating. This, "let's blame Bush for everything" attitude is getting old fast. Maybe they can try to win by suggesting ways to make things better instead of being so divisive. Obama at least lied to people and told them that he would bring people together and be a uniter not a divider. We know how well he held to that promise. lol. Let go of your love/hate for Bush you democrat hate mongers. Find something else to use in a campaign...like, i don't know...IDEAS ! ! ! (Ideas that will not tax the American people into oblivion.)

    August 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. John

    Obama is on pace to add MORE to the deficite than Bush...... blaming Bush is starting to get real old now.....

    Wake-up people.....Obama owns this mess now...... and I just love the extra 2 TRILLION DOLLAR... "miscalculation".... they released the other day......

    This president is way over his head......

    Can I have my vote back.....?

    August 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. bam

    Incredible that the Republicans are acknowledging there has been an "economic revival" but trying to pretend it's a result of Bush policies.

    Are all the neocons totally psychotic, or totally immoral?

    August 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Joe

    That is no longer a smart move. All McDonnell has to do is counter with exact ad replacing "Bush's" name with "Obama" and that original ad will be neutralized or possibly work in his favor. Obama played that card and it worked partially due to the Iraq War. The economy mess belongs to a lot of past actions including both republicans and democrats and the actual unemployment and GNP numbers were good during the Bush era.

    August 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. John Michael Kane

    Hey Deeds, BUSH ISN'T THE PRESIDENT!! He hasn't been the president for nine months now; stand on your own two feet! I guess when Obama does nothing for you in the polls, just bash, bash, bash away.

    August 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Mark-Virginia

    He is certainly the underdog here in Virginia, partly because of the money that the Republican party is investing in Virginia for this Novembers race. I know the county I live in is strongly GOP aligned, but I have NEVER seen the number of road signs, so early as I have seen for the GOP candidates for Gov/LtGov/AG . That Virginia has had several Dem Governors in a row has been a real thorn in the side of the GOP. They and their proxys (PACs) have already begun flodding the airways with negative ads. The money is flowing deep here in VA.

    August 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    You know, if Republicans would just own up to the mess that Bush created maybe the rest of us would stop "blaming" him and the country could move on. You can't just sweep it all under the rug and pretend that his failed policies have nothing at all to do with the mess this country is in! The only way to make sure that the kind of darkness he led this country into doesn't happen again is to admit he did it and learn from it!

    August 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. awar259

    The real ignorance is the one answer the Republicans have for everything and this is just cut taxes for those who make the most and somehow everything will work out. This along with spending has put us in tremendous debt, but the priorities of the Republicans of never ending wars is not what we need. We need to focus on the issues like health care, jobs and the environment and when it comes to these issues the Republicans are just as bankrupt as out country.

    August 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. JerseyMike

    eventually The Democrats will need to stand on their own two feet and own proposals of MORE government, MORE spending, MORE debt. Once that time comes and Americans are finished with them then we'll get back to your regularly scheduled Republican rule. It took only about 6 years back in the 1990's. Hopefully its sooner this time. I'm thinking 2006-2010.

    Remember you Democrats you've controlled congress since 2006 so the clock starts THEN, not 2009 when Obama took office.

    August 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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