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. Rob from Texas

    Family values all the way...yeah right. No wonder the Republican Party is a dying breed and has been getting beat down the last 3 elections in a row.

    September 12, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Amanda

    So the Republicans are :
    1. ignorant
    2. uneducated
    3. racist
    4. hypocritical
    5. vulgar
    What's new ????

    September 12, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    I made a comment in re: this email, and it was ignored, because I made a reference to 'liberals'. Apparently CNN can't handle that, why??

    September 12, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. mmd

    now i know why ron reagan closed down the nut houses back in the 80's, he wanted his people free. i am talking about the tea party nuts. cnn i am really done with you, why would any worthwhile news media spend 1 sec on these morons unless lou dobbs is the true of value system of cnn.

    SHAME

    September 12, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Not surprised, really

    Way to go Dereliction of Duty!!! Racism is alive and well in this county – Show your true colors, bud... Raise your confederate flag. You're what this country is all about, man!!!

    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. And you are definitely part of the problem. Guess what? It ain't all about you and your trailer park bud... Get with the program.

    September 12, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. bill

    He has word finding difficulty. He could not find : funding' so another F word is more easy for him to find.

    September 12, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. FRANK, Las Vegas

    And this is the morally right GOP candidate? It's funny how every time the right wing nuts are challenged they show their true colors.

    September 12, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Dolletta Blalock

    Unfortunately for Bob McDonnell, he must have a limited vocabulary or, it is a sad state that people use the F-Bomb in every day conversation. Just as the "N" word is tabu; I am waiting for the F-Bomb to become tabu. I hear teenagers using the F-bomb, you see imitations of the word(s) on television, hear it in every day language.

    I am waiting for people to increase their vocabulary to be able to express themselves without the use of offensive, and often times vulgar words..

    September 12, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. John

    What some people won't say when they're on the outside trying to get in. The language and childish temper tantrums may appeal to your conservative base republicans, but the rest of the world isn't impressed.

    September 12, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Sean

    Although I hope he loses who gives a F**k. People are such prudes when it comes to expletives. A curse word never hurt anybody.

    September 12, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. A Government of Liers

    What in the hell is going on with our Government?

    September 12, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. Obama's divisiveness is destroying America

    So what!!

    Obama's thug chief of staff drops more F-Bombs per hour than anyone on the planet.

    No doubt a bunch of Libs will claim foul while giving Obama a pass.

    I have never seen such bitter divisiveness in politics. Some President you idiots voted for...

    Give me a break!

    September 12, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Phoenix Lady

    If it WAs a mispronunciation, he deserves some slack. god forbid the president should make that slip. the "righteous" Republicans would draw and quarter him and shout his evilness from every rooftop.

    September 12, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. frisco,tx

    These so call conservatives are make me sick! they preach about family values,but do they REALLY have any?they go to church every week and turn around to be a racist,did god told them to be like that,I wonder what else did they do that we dont know! every day there are some stupid republican leaders showing their true color.

    September 12, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. HAWK IN TEXAS

    Of course the republicans know what the f word means. because they have been screwing the people for years. all he did was modernize the word. real nice people. like cheney used it to tell a senator what he could do to his self. republicans, the moral majority? what a bunch of flakes.

    September 12, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. cc

    stupid idiot

    September 12, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. Proud and Happy Republican except for the Democratic BS!

    Love you democrats! Life would be boring without your whinning!

    September 12, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. Joanne

    I'd like to see someone teach Eric Cantor some manners. Sitting there using his 'blackberry' in front of everyone while the President was speaking tells me a lot about him.

    Don't forget, he missed an important vote in order to attend a Britney Spears concert. The highlight of his life so far.

    People, please vote these people out of office.

    September 12, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. BKrause

    That's OK. It's what we expect, now, from those who sell themselves as being "representatives of the people." Just look at the money Joe Wilson is racking up. And look at the money George W. Bush racked up after his open-mic comment about a reporter being an a–h-.

    September 12, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  20. D. Tree

    Of course he let the F-bomb slip – all these hardcore fanatic republicans try to tell the rest of America how to behave but they always fail when it comes to their own behavior.

    September 12, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Bob

    I think saying that working women are determental to the US is a lot worse than the f bomb.

    September 12, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. seriously

    This is becoming too much. It seems as if the republicans are simply degenerating into the lowest pits of the deepest gutters. I wish they would stop this nasty behavior...impertinence, swearing, lying...you name it...they stoop to it. This is not a good example to our young children and it is a great embarrassment to all Americans...remember the whole world is watching.

    September 12, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. bella

    Another Bible-Based Evangelistic, Christian, who seems to have forgotten what he was taught in church!!

    September 12, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. publicity stunt

    fed by neo-cons at CNN and other corporate media.

    September 12, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Charlie Wilson

    "You lie, you f-ing Republicans"

    Sorry, watching and reading about Republicans brings down my I.Q.

    September 12, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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