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. Bill Naquin

    Where are the Black people in this picture? Where are the Latinos, the Asians, the young? Oh yeah- this is a Republican event...

    September 12, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Bill Hewett

    I would like for one republican to explain their "Family Value" system and how to use gutter speech during family time. Republicans always speak with a forked tongue. This one was just speaking what is in his heart. And not all people use such language, just gutter speech people.
    Bill Hewett

    September 12, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. jimbo

    That has happened to many of us. It can be forgiven. Shows he is at least passionate and or angry about something and we need people who care. Now adultery and messing around with young boys is another STORY.

    September 12, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. cspurgeon

    Just another "civil" republican wacko with no manners.....God help us!

    September 12, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. debbie

    What is the matter with these people? No self-disclipline: they can't keep either their lips OR their zippers closed. Criminy.

    September 12, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Mike

    So what? I guarantee the messiah says mu-f'er while smoking a Newport on a daily basis. It's a fricking word. A word that almost all of us use (far too often). Big f'ing deal.

    September 12, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. S Callahan

    So sad when everyone attacks people of faith as though they are more than humans....shame. Perhaps those doing the attacking never read the Bible....some many of the people who professed God's word were not shy about their anger...it was their anger that preserved this world for you to speak you critical words so freely.....read the book for the history if you can't digest the faith. Anger has it's place....slip ups happen....that is being human...that does not diminish the faith factor that exist within them. He is looking out for you...yet you are too blind to see that.

    September 12, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. JS

    I was going to vote for him... but I still will bc Deeds is far worse.

    September 12, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Reggie

    a non-issue. Mcdonnell will easily win the election against the dem.

    September 12, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. DCTWMT

    The radical hypocrites strike again.

    September 12, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. rin

    so classy gotta love those repubs.

    September 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. 60's survivor

    who cares. it's the message and intent and I don't like it!

    September 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. pat todd

    And Van Jones is compelled to resign because the vitriolic Glenn Beck dislikes his accurately labeling hateful GOP opponents of the new administration?

    Is there anything positive in the Republican agenda? The party now consists of religious fundamentalists, secessionists, ignoramuses from southern backwaters, gun-crazy maniacs, birthers, deathers, and a range of people inspired by the incoherent (when not following a script) Sarah Palin and the pathological Bill O'Reilly, not to mention the incredibly hypocritical (can't keep it in his knickers while pointing the finger of blame) Newt. Oh, and then there's Rush. And the demonic Rove.

    September 12, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Jasmine in Germany

    Let's change the subject to education reform. First question to the first graders in schools in Virginia: hello children, what do you think of the leaders of our state?

    September 12, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Debbie

    Another example of poor upbringing by a Regent University grad.

    September 12, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. jules sand-perkins

    Back to the 1940s...
    Ah yes, I remember it well...
    The way students in public schools could read, write, and solve math problems...
    Even understand the difference between "may" and "might"...
    Understand classical music...
    Who in his right mind would want to go back to the 1940s?

    September 12, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    Maybe he's trying to shake off the "religious nut job" characterization by using sailor talk. :)

    September 12, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. carlos, that one

    there are not enough pig stys in the USA to put all these repugnants, CONServatives, christians (??), tea partiers,birthers, raccoon eating swampys.................

    September 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. MACCA

    His true colors have been exposed with his thesis and anti women policies and now this. What next, will he be caught on a live mike talking about spanking his mistress? He has had a number of macca moments ala George Allen. How could anyone be fooled by these false prophets?

    September 12, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Jose

    Were God Fearing Fk'ing Republicans!

    September 12, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Boulder Friend

    What is this word that everyone is talking about?

    Funding?

    If it's funding, then say it!

    September 12, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. greg

    I'm a Liberal but this is absurd. Who cares, he said a bad word so what.

    September 12, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Kevin

    More evidence that the temperment of today's conservatives is not fit for governing.

    September 12, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Doris

    Low life republicans! God please protect Barack from these sick people!

    September 12, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Daniel

    We are lost if this is all we have to report on, slips of the tongue. Well, I think in my relatively young life this is the most divided we have ever been. What's next Red vs Blue civil war? Won't be so civil I guess since we're spitting on each other before we look.

    September 12, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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