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. Soothsayer

    I watched the 9/11 program last night and I find it disgusting that so many of these liberal posts have forgotten what that terrorist act sent our Nation spiraling into. Liberals and Democrats continue to blame George Bush for our Nations reaction to a terrorist act, specifically blaming him for the Iraq war. Where were your Democratic Senators in the Congress during all of that? They voted in support of the war, they are just as responsible as George Bush. Are we winning the fight in Afghanistan? What would have ensued if we had made the full on push into Afghanistan instead of Iraq? No foreign army has ever conquered Afghanistan, it is open mountainous terrain ripe with caves and inaccessible valleys.

    Wake up, the unemployment rate is at an all time high, we have a 1.4 trillion dollar deficit and we are getting ready for inflation to set in and all Obama does is expand government entitlements to spend more. Idiots breed idiots, get ready for the real crash and the chaos that will undoubtedly ensue.

    September 12, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. Michael Jackson- Yes,this isn't my real name

    i think these polticians aren't giving respect to the anyone anymore. yelling at the president and now dropping f-bombs, this is sad.

    September 12, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Barack Supporter

    This is not McDonnell's first macaca moment. The first was his plan to take Virginia back to the stone age, otherwise known as his thesis for what passed as a degree at Pat Robertson's CBN University. Youthful folly? I think not at 34 years old. Creigh Deeds reminded us that Thomas Jefferson was 33 years old when he wrote the Declaration of Independence. Hey, Virginians, join me in voting for DEEDS on November 3rd.

    September 12, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Gloria

    Those "family values" Republicans just keep racking up their score of
    unacceptable behavior. The Ky. Republican who killed his ex-girl friend and then slit his wrists, the California Republican Congressman who had affairs with lobbyists, Joe Wilson with his complete lack of control during
    national televised speech in joint session, Dick Cheney ~ who can list all of his terrible antics?...It would take a book to catalog all of them. The words that come to mind and fit the situations are: Vulgar, stupid, and
    phoney. Lots of others could be used, too...like illegal, boorish, and egomanical.

    September 12, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Independent in NC

    One man uses the f-bomb, and now all Republicans are inappropriate, uncivil, and immoral? McDonnell uses the word once, and now he is immoral?

    That line of thinking is about as logical as saying all Democrats commit adultery because Clinton did, or all Democrats are druggies because Obama tried cocaine once.

    How about a little levity? Everyone makes mistakes, and one incident does not define a person's character, or that of people who share something in common with that person.

    September 12, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. eddie

    Another uncouth Republican.

    September 12, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. Susan

    At the moment the political climate is so stress ridden that this episode of McDonnell dropping the F-bomb is hysterical-great comic relief!
    If this sort of faux pas is what makes or breaks a candidate to some voters...... I don't know what to say!

    September 12, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. JIlli

    Republicans have lost all sense of civility. Nice, real nice.

    September 12, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    In regard to the email calling the republicans 'wacko', congratulations
    'cspurgeon', whenever someone bashes the republicans, they are sure to get their comments posted. Don't dare do any liberal bashing or you are out of luck. I know by experience, many, many times

    September 12, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Barb

    Excellent post Maximus

    September 12, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. Mark in Omaha

    According to Republicans, you can SAY it, you just can't DO it unless you're married and it's for procreation purposes only.

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

    This is just another example of how undisiplined Republicans are. The LIE shout out was also out of line. Now the entire ANTI -OBAMA mob is saying it. HOW SAD that a lier can get awasy with calling someone else a lier. Wilson WAS WRONG the bill does not provide funding for IKKEGALS but hay the Archie Bunker fan club that now is twisting and abusing the term Tea Party to try to justify their swtupidity don't want to hear the FACTS they reather go with the LIE.

    September 12, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. FromNJresidinginVA

    If Obama said the f-word, do you know how many people would jump down his throat??

    September 12, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Jon H

    who cares? we know CNN is in the tank for Deeds anyway.

    September 12, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. FromNJresidinginVA

    But because McDonnell does it, it's suddenly okay..

    September 12, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. MrDuffin

    People have better start wondering why it is ok for BO to lie to the country on television. People who lie frequently find it easier to lie than people who tell the truth. BO lies so good he must do it quite oftrn.

    September 12, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Lori wants us Dems to have rallies in support of our President & to take our country back from these Redneck Teabaggers!

    And yet McDonnell will be in church on Sunday acting as if he's 'God's Servant'.

    September 12, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Bill

    Another fine example of GOP manners.

    September 12, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. Dave

    It's not the word...or the meaning of the word...or the way he used it.

    It's the hypocrisy it represents because he and many of his fellow Republican's hold themselves out to be "better" than the Democrats...and the holder of "Family Values." They want to tell us how to think and how to act and how to live, but then they do the opposite of what they tell us...in word, in deed, and in actions.

    Republican's = Shallow Hypocritic Inept Tyrants!

    September 12, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Typical Christian Family Values Hypocrit.

    You want him Virginia? You want to be right up there in ignorance with South Carolina?

    Go ahead.

    While you're at it – secede and save the US a lot of money.

    September 12, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. Lisa

    I am no fan of Bob McDonnell, but I heard the interview as it happened and it was obviously a flub, and not an intentional use of the F word. This is a ridiculous story.

    September 12, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. raina

    who cares? he's a grownup and can speak however he likes. Since when did we become puritans? And seriously, anyone who says "but the children..." should get a clue. Your kids (even the little ones) hear and say worse at school, on the bus, at the park or on the TV when you are not paying attention.

    Perhaps if we stop treating politicians like gods or saints they can actually do their jobs without having to worry that the self righteous police are going to give them a talking to...

    September 12, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. OBSERVER

    Republicans are so afraid of Obama they must now openly LIE about everything they are pushed into a corner and feel frustrated because they know "Obama is RIGHT about Healthy Care but they can't admit it so their frustration comes out in bad words and deeds.

    REPUBLICANS refuse to accept the facts and must lie and cheat to atempt to gain power. SO SAD, this really is not the America I love. The America I love respects people and tries to help those that are in need. But then after 8 years of LIES it is hard for the REPUBLICANS to come back to the real world where people care about people.

    September 12, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. OBSERVER

    Oh the republicans forgot all their anger about what Van Jones said and he steped down. Maybe the Republicans should do the same.

    September 12, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. trixen

    LOL it was obviously a mistake... he meant to say "funding." Still, that's pretty f-ing funny! :D

    September 12, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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