September 12th, 2009
04:58 PM ET
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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. Anonymous

    Eh, it's bad news for him, but I don't think it'll decide the election. Newsflash: people swear sometimes!
    @Lloyd: Oh come on! I hate the GOP, but saying stuff that compares them to the taliban is really pathetic. It makes us just as bad as those people who claim Obama is a Nazi or something like that. Please, don't stoop to their level.

    September 12, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Faye Green

    The Republicans are so vulgar, so hypocritical, the truth just keep coming out. Is it that they are under extreme pressure and no longer can live the double lives without being exposed. Get real. Are the Republicans Moral Majority or not?.

    All the news headlines are saying Wilson who could not control himself pick up a lot of funds. Have you noticed the amount money his opponent has collected? Over million dollars.
    Lets work together to solve the problems that were created prior to this administration.

    September 12, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Ivan

    What else can be said about repugmicans besides the usual? Crude, hysterical, deranged, pyschotic, stupid, lowclass, rednecks, idiots?! And that's just a smidgeon of what they really are, which cannot be printed here.
    Keep it up, please! You are digging your own graves, and your mentally deficient followers will follow you into them.,. hopefully soon.
    "bye 'bye!!

    September 12, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Mike

    I listened to the interview and wonder how many of these other commentors did. I'm not a McDonnell supporter, but what happened was purely a slip of the tongue, just stumbling over the word "funding". It was one of those "did I really hear that?" moments, but it absolutely doesn't deserve this – or any – attention.

    September 12, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Tippit

    At no time in the eight years of GW was the opposition as rude and uncivil as it is today. We should never have let VP Cheney get away with verbally abusing a US senator.

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

    Well, let's see-the party of NO has called the President of the United States a Liar, McCain backstabs the President in his "anti healthcare reform manifesto", the minority whip demands secession if reform is passed and now the gubernatorial candidate for the grand state of VA drops the "F" bomb-all in 48 hours. What a marvelous example to set for our country. The Republican party can not handle that we have an African American in the White House. They have been lashing out like children since the election. It is embarrassing-yet perhaps an ideological shift–similar when LBJ passed the Civil Rights Act–and he prophetically stated that the Dems would lose the South for a Generation, although the change was required! Wake up America–behave like adults. Stop the screaming–you sound like ignorant idiots!

    September 12, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Everyone lets things slip out occasionally. It's refreshing to see the human side of a candidate every once in a while and not just the polished, well rehearsed side. Besides, if John Kerry can say it in a magazine interview while running for PRESIDENT, then this should not be a big deal.

    September 12, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Anne

    With the GOP Congressman Wilson getting $1 million for calling the president a liar, how much is the word "f king" worth to the campaign of Bob McDonnell?

    September 12, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. HJA

    Yep. A true conservative Christian.

    September 12, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Chris

    I guess they don't teach manners and civility in church anymore.

    September 12, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. AndyB

    Another GOP class act. hecklers, potty mouths, adulterering hypocrites and blind lemmings.

    Yesiree the Party of Family Values. ROTFLMAO

    September 12, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. So What

    Most of us say it at least once a day. The other night watching Obama, I must have used almost every derivation of the word possible in expressing my opinion about his speech.

    And before any of you start saying that makes me hypocritical, understand, not everyone that is for fiscal conservatism is a right winger. So shut the F up.

    September 12, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Wes

    The Republican Party is nothing more than a bunch of watch what I say not what I do, me first thugs who smile in front of the cameras to keep their southern, racist redneck base charmed.

    Unbelievable.

    September 12, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. M. Townsend

    Not a surprise. Substituting coarseness for reason. Yelling inappropriately in a joint assembly. Good thing he is flagged before becoming governor so we dont have another potty mouth anti-women in the people's office.

    September 12, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Jim, Honolulu

    How sad another Republican slits his own throat, and only a day after Joe Wilson disrespected the country and all Americans by attacking the office of the President, and the President himself, on live national Tv. As a Republican, I am horrified at what has become of my party under the leadership of Rush Limbaugh and the far-right radical fringe. Well, we're reaping what we sowed, and are well on our way to obsolesence.

    September 12, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. W Spivey

    Another Republican idiot. That's what he gets for hanging around the idiot Pawlenty. Real ready for Primetime T.V. You Betcha. God is Great, Beer is Good and 90% of the Republicans are Idiots. Let me hear an A-men.

    September 12, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. pat todd

    The infinitely myopic and virulent Fox News never sees fit to allow my comments to penetrate its wall of prejudice, ignorance, hatred.

    Thanks for allowing dissenters a voice!

    September 12, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. A Proud American WITHOUT The GOP!

    The very reason we MUST keep bar soap on hand!

    September 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Felly

    There goes another hypocritical GOP candidate. This man is not fit to be a Governor, period. Where is your moral value?

    September 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. banderola negra

    This will doubtlessly open the flood gates the of the raw meat christianist fundamentalist cash reservoir, sending waves of campaign donations surging into McDonnell's campaign fund.

    September 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Tony

    Oh please you Demwits. Like you have never heard that word.

    Rahm invented it.

    September 12, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. John E Lexington KY

    Is there a decent Republican left, who doesn't think he's god, who can argue a point without exploding? He and his party are a f-ing mess. Insane to boot.

    September 12, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. unshrub

    What is it with these republican politicians from Virginia? They can't seem to act civilized. It appeas the people in VIrginia must like this kind of politician. Personally, I always felt people should show a little restraint in public, but then I am from the North and maybe this is norm for the South.

    September 12, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. g in phx

    More Civility to add to Rep. Wilson's

    September 12, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. D. Sol

    I for one am a christian, and he certainly doesn't represent myself, millions of other christians around the world, or Jesus Christ. He shouldn't have made that freudian slip, but at the same time, don't lump all christians in the same group with him. I still hear and see US citizens hating me because I'm black, but I wouldn't label everyone that's American racist just because there were some Americans that discriminated against me because of the color of my skin.

    I do feel that there seems to be a high level of hypocrisy that comes from the party with "family values". It seems indicative of the republican party lately for some reason. They're ok with telling blatant lies, calling the president of the US a racist, a liar, a stalinist, a marxist, a socialist, and not even a born US citizen. All while elected politicans just sit back and let the defaming go on and on, as if they're at a boxing match.

    But, to be honest with you, just do your job like you're supposed to and people will tolerate many things. this coming from me a democrat.

    September 12, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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