WASHINGTON (CNN) - His rival has been on the television airwaves in northern Virginia for weeks. Now, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is up with an ad of his own in the pricey Washington, D.C. media market, home to most of the commonwealth's voters.
The new television ad does not highlight Republican Bob McDonnell's controversial master's thesis - the focal point of the Deeds campaign's media strategy over the last week.
Instead, the Democrat is talking education, a touchstone issue for suburban voters in a state where budget cuts have forced public colleges and universities to hike tuition and fees.
"Growing up we didn't have much, but education was always a priority," Deeds says of his rural childhood. "My mom sent me off to college with just four $20 bills. So I know that education is the best investment Virginia can make for our children - and in our future."
The 30-second ad, which began running on Tuesday night, notes that Deeds was endorsed by the 60,000-member Virginia Education Association and promises that there is "no leader more prepared to move Virginia forward."
Before he won the Democratic primary in June, Deeds ran a TV ad in northern Virginia touting his endorsement from the Washington Post, a stamp of approval that may have helped him lock up the nomination.
I don't trust the Old Dominion in the hands of another republican, especially Bob McDonnell.
Creigh deeds is the moderate that Virgina needs to continue on it's path of moving forward as one of the best managed states, and one of the best to live in.
McDonnell and Cuccinelli are social and religious radicals that would take us back to gender and racial inequality, further degredation of public schools for the benefit of home schooling and radical religious schools, and inserting his personal interpetation of the bible into Virgina's public policies, and on many more personal/freedom issues. With the weight of political office these religious thugs would make the Terri Schiovo incident common place through out this great Commonwealth.
Do not be fooled by McDonnell's smooth talk. He was 34 years old when he expressed how he truly feels about women. What a far fall from the hope we women felt at the nomination of competent women to the VP spot, supreme court and other important positions. Let's not take a step back in Va. by electing McDonnel.
Here in Arizona...John McCains state...they have been cutting school funding to the bone and into the marrow. Funny that the " trickle down " that John McCain worships never seems to make it to education...
It's hard to counter the ignorance inbred into a lot of the rednecks in rural Virginia. Think of them as misplace West Virginia Hillbillys.
I did see the ad over the weekend. It must have come from the $5Mill gift from the DNC.
It is something that could drive our whole economy really. If you get enough teachers teaching and everyone involved in the process of education. New books must be researched and written. Conferences can be schedual with new technology being shown off on how to conview the message.
Anyone who supports low cost public college education deserves my vote. It is an investment in our future and is the only way the U.S. can regain its economic strength and vitality.
I can't say I can show much interest in a candidate that supports big goverment. The current administration and it's inexperienced community organizer have demonstrated over and over again that they have no idea of what they're doing.
Rush the stimulus bill in the trillions without reading it?
Cap and trade?
Questionable tax and lobbying issues with cabinet members?
Flying jets into NYC?
Yea, maybe so but we won't be fooled again!!
I haven't encountered one soul here in Hampton Roads who wants to see Creeds in office. Thanks goodness!!