September 12th, 2009
04:58 PM ET
5 years ago

McDonnell drops F-bomb in live interview

Republican Bob McDonnell dropped the F-bomb during a radio interview.
Republican Bob McDonnell dropped the F-bomb during a radio interview.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bob McDonnell, the normally-disciplined Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, mistakenly blurted out the F-bomb during a live radio interview on Friday.

Appearing on Washington-area radio station WTOP, McDonnell was sparring with host Mark Plotkin on the topic of transportation funding.

Plotkin asked if McDonnell would consider an increase in the state gasoline tax to help fund the transportation budget. McDonnell said no, and uttered the expletive during his response.

"So no tax will be raised during your four-year term?," Plotkin asked.

McDonnell answered: "I'm going to find other ways to be able to fund transportation. I've outlined twleve f-ing funding mechanisms that are creative, that are entrepreneurial."

The remark was first flagged by the Virginia Democratic blog NotLarrySabato.

McDonnell is running against Democrat Creigh Deeds in the governor's race, one of two marquee political battles in 2009 along with the New Jersey governor's race.

UPDATE: McDonnell communications director Tucker Martin said McDonnell's remark was nothing more than a verbal flub.

"At one point Bob was speaking quickly, and in trying to say 'funding mechanism,' he stumbled and accidentally said another word," Martin said. "It was unintentional, and anyone who spends any time around Bob knows he does not use such language. It was an accident. It is that simple."

Martin called it "disappointing" that the Deeds campaign is spending "so much time and energy aggressively pushing this absolutely trivial matter to every blog and media outlet they can think of."


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  1. Dave

    While it's unfortunate that any canidate would curse in public, in the grand scheme of things this is not a big deal. His opponent and the liberal media are clearly desperate, and their hyperventilating over this and his college paper is helping their cause.

    September 12, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Billy Bob Joe Jimmy Boregaurd (the III)

    Just another example of the ingnorant garbage participating in our nations politics. I'm sure he'll be elected......

    September 12, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. down with GOP

    Another GOP says something inappropriate. Anyone surprised? The sad thing is, it's becoming the norm not the exception.

    I hope America wakes up and drops the GOP. They preach morals but practice the opposite.

    September 12, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. AQ

    Once again the GOP demonstrates the hypocrisy for which they stand. They try to tell us that the Democrats are evil, immoral and unethical and yet the GOP seems to have no problem abusing drugs (Limbaugh), have same-sex relations after condemning homosexuals, and have affairs far too numerous to count. And what happens when they get caught? They apologize, say it was a moment of weakness and they are going to work to make things right when in reality they are only sorry they got caught. The worst part? The conservatives buy into it! They wanted to impeach Clinton but when one of their own does it, far worse, suddenly it's "Oh, they deserve a second chance".

    And now the govenor uses the F word. In and of itself, hey, most people do curse but if you are going to be shoving down our throats how morally superior you are to the 'evil' democrats you'd darn well better be practicing what you preach – and not one single member of the loud mouth GOP currently practices what they preach.

    Seems to me the louder someone protests the more they have to hide – which seems to mean the GOP leaders have a lot more to hide in their private lives than we could even begin to imagine.

    And to any conservatives out there I ask you this – of all the Presidential candidates last year, how many of the Democrats were divorced and how many of the Republicans were not only divorced once but some were working on their 4th marriage! (Guiliani anyone?). Clean up your own house before you shove your hypocrisy down the throats of others.

    September 12, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. ib

    So; the do anything say anything to win is at it again. I'm sure Deeds doesn't use such language unless it would be to support another tax increase in this state. NO DEEDS

    September 12, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. thehummelr

    No big deal. So he uses colorful language on the radio. Apparently he hasn't even made his bones yet with a sex scandal. This is a good republican.

    September 12, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Adam

    What a tool

    September 12, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Samantha

    The GOP get more stupid by the second.....

    September 12, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Suzan

    Just another fowl mouth lying republican

    September 12, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. TONY

    Typical Republican. Showing his true colors today!!

    September 12, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. Kyle

    He's a true blue Republican......except he showed his true colors today!

    September 12, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. JILL

    This was great, another Republican exposed!!!!!

    September 12, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Conservative and Proud

    Dereliction, if you want to look it up, which you won't, the standard rating for CDs can be attributed to Al and Tipper Gore. Nice try, though. So he said the F word!!!! OH Lord!

    Please, a slight slip of the tongue in a heated argument happens, EVERYBODY ON BOTH SIDES DO IT.

    Al Franken writes a porn story, yet he's doing just fine, isn't he?

    September 12, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    How long will these snakes hide their colors?
    You just cant hide them forever.

    September 12, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. Susan

    Just another Republican who blurts out crap before he thinks. The GOP seems to be full of them. Morons.

    September 12, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    Come on you guys when the F& MF word is so commonplace in your lauguage. It doesn't matter as long as he speaks the truth. As for lauguage use you can not critizise when you can't speak it yourself.

    September 12, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. JoJo

    Last week the wheels started coming off the McDonnell campaign. This week, it's driven into the ditch.

    September 12, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Jerry

    I'm glad you reported this!

    The fact that this jerk said the F-Bomb is much more important than the fact that Obama is a socialist!

    September 12, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Jim Q.

    Eh, this looks like just more f——ng "gotcha" stuff to me. If we insist that every politician speak without making mistakes, we'll get nothing but teleprompters for the rest of our lives.

    I say this as a Democrat who finds McDonnell disturbing. But this isn't why. Who cares if he slips and swears? Haven't we all done it? At least you know he wasn't scripted.

    September 12, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Ellen

    Republican McDonnell thumps the Bible at every turn. Too bad his true colors were shown. He is one of the GOP's best hypocrites!

    September 12, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. CG

    Yep , conservatives values at work for us again! I guess he will be leading the congregation in prayer this Sunday! Just hope he doesn't slip up and use the f word ....poor Grandma won't need the death squad. She'll just kill right over!

    September 12, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Jaxson

    SLAMMER!! And yet another Republican is EXPOSED!

    September 12, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. Rueters

    sounds like the class of CNN. they don't know the difference between bombs and words.

    September 12, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. Zaley

    McDonnell just proving what an idiot he truely is.

    September 12, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. Lee

    Get a grip people! I'm a Democrat. I was listening to WTOP when he said it. And, it immediately caught my attention. But, just as quickly, as soon as he finished his statement, I knew what had just happened. I totally agree with an earlier post from Capsaicin, "F—ing for 'funding'–it's called a Freudian slip, and it happens to everyone." Now I'm as anxious as any other Democrat to see the Repupblican Party self-implode. But, there's nothing here folks. The man was a victim of "hearer error." And, if that doesn't work for you (some of my more diehard Democratic friends), since you can't really be sure what he said, why don't y'all just give the man a Mulligan? Remember, we are the party of fairness, not privilege. All Republicans aren't bad. The can't be. They just, well, er uh, y'know, they, well... Well, shoot then! Maybe they all ARE bad! But, they do dress nice.

    September 12, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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