WASHINGTON (CNN) – For the fifth consecutive day, the Creigh Deeds campaign continued to hammer Republican rival Bob McDonnell's controversial master's thesis, a document that called working women detrimental to families and criticized "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators."
The campaign launched a Web site and a new radio ad on Thursday taking aim at McDonnell over the 20-year-old paper.
The radio spot - running in populous northern Virginia, home to the bulk of the state's moderate and independent voters - features a man and a woman chatting about the Virginia governor's race.
"You starting to follow this governor's race in Virginia?" a female voice asks.
"You mean Bob McDonnell and his plans to take us back to the dark ages?" a man responds.
The pair then rattle through a number of points McDonnell made in the research paper, including critical passages about contraception and a claim that child care tax credits harm families because they allow women to work. Calling the thesis McDonnell's "blueprint" for governing, the ad notes that McDonnell voted against a 2001 House bill that would have recognized equal pay for men and women.
The ad, however, makes a misleading claim: That McDonnell wrote the thesis when he was "months away" from serving in office. In reality, he wrote it two years before his first election to the House of Delegates in 1991.
The ad also seeks to highlight McDonnell's ties to Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson, a top donor who has hosted McDonnell on his show "The 700 Club." McDonnell attended graduate school at Robertson's Regent University, but the ad refers to the school as CBN University - as in "Christian Broadcasting Network" - the university's name in 1989 when McDonnell wrote his thesis.
In 2007, McDonnell said his four years at Regent taught him "the real importance of being a Christian elected official" and that that school gave him "a great understanding of the limited role of government and the important roles of the church and the family and the other institutions in society, and what happens if government tries to take on those roles and can often make a mess."
McDonnell has said many of his views - particularly on working women - have changed since writing the paper.
Tucker Martin, a spokesman for McDonnell, said their campaign is focusing on "the serious issues facing Virginians," like jobs, education and transportation.
"Creigh can run on former presidents, former governors and decades old student papers," Martin said in an e-mail. "The voters can then decide who is actually focused on helping Virginians in the years ahead."
UPDATE: This post has been corrected to show that McDonnell was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1991, not 1992 as the story originally said.