September 21st, 2009
02:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Deeds launches new offensive in Virginia race

Democrat Creigh Deeds launched a pair of tough new ads Monday that once again call attention to Republican Bob McDonnell's controversial master's thesis.
Democrat Creigh Deeds launched a pair of tough new ads Monday that once again call attention to Republican Bob McDonnell's controversial master's thesis.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Buttressed by a new poll that shows the Virginia governor's race tightening, Democrat Creigh Deeds launched a pair of tough new ads Monday that once again call attention to Republican Bob McDonnell's controversial master's thesis.

Both of the 30-second ads are running across the commonwealth and in northern Virginia, where Deeds has jumped to a 17-point lead over McDonnell among likely voters, according to a Washington Post poll released on Sunday.

One month ago, before McDonnell's writings about working women and homosexuality were revealed, the two men were running about even in northern Virginia, the most densely-populated region of the state. Much of that turnaround can be attributed to independent women, who are now split between Deeds and McDonnell after favoring McDonnell by nearly 30 points in August.

One of the ads - entitled "Why did you?" - features several women speaking into the camera as they tick through elements of McDonnell's thesis and voting record on abortion. "Mr. McDonnell, we've read your words," the women say. "We've checked your record. Why did you vote that way?

Another ad, called "Conversation," flashes a series of questions and answers about McDonnell's thesis onto the screen. "How old was he when he wrote it?" a voice asks. The answer: "McDonnell was thirty-four, married, and attending Pat Robertson's Law School."


Deeds campaign adviser Mo Elleithee told reporters Monday that there is "significant movement" in polls on the thesis issue. According to the Washington Post poll, 54 percent of voters had heard nothing or very little about the thesis, leaving a door open for the Deeds campaign to keep pushing the topic.

"Voters are raising qestions and we're hoping to provide some of those answers," Deeds media adviser David Dixon said of the new ads.

The McDonnell campaign responded that Deeds is spending his time on "vicious and false social attacks" instead of addressing the economic issues facing Virginia.

McDonnell spokesman Crystal Cameron said the Democrat "has no plan for transportation, supports a cap and trade scheme that will kill Virginia jobs, bragged about being the biggest spender in Richmond, and has said he will be a partner for big labor after accepting millions in campaign contributions."

The campaign also launched a third positive ad, featuring Deeds driving his car through a pastoral section of rural Virginia and talking about how much he loves his state.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. John from Ohio

    Perfect example of what happens to the "lunatic fringe" in America. It just doesn't wash!! GO DEEDS!

    September 21, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. GEE

    Typical Democratic Ads. Unfortunately the people of Virginia are so stupid, they will believe it.

    September 21, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. yuri

    The Gov. race in VA, is attracting huge responses form our own unscientific survey. But then, we all have our hearts and minds that are there only to be changed at the drop of a hat.

    September 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. diridi

    be tough...these republican idiots are already messing the nation....Bush did 80% Reagan did 20%......enough of this idiots...

    September 21, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    I really don't want to see, hear, or read anybody crying about any one party using attack ads anymore! THEY BOTH DO! Quit your blubbering, dry your eyes and blow your nose! Its called.... POLITCS AS USUAL! If you are honest, you'll recogize that fact. If you are biased and blindly partisan....oh well!

    September 21, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Bob

    Creigh Deeds is an empty suit, so he relies on the Washington ComPost 's usual mudslinging to slime his opponent.

    September 21, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Kimberly from Hawaii

    McDonnell is scary to say the least. He wrote his thesis when he was 34, not 20, so it does truly show how he feels about women and gays, which is descriminatory. The guy has no place in politics with backwards ideas such as the ones he wrote about in his master's thesis.

    September 21, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. annie s

    Vicious and false social attacks? No, that's the work of the Republicans who were taught to campaign by Karl Rove and who manged to turn war heroes into cowards with their lies. Mr. McDonnell wrote the words that are being used against him now, mean spirited words that showed hatred of gays and working women – no doubt about it, and therefor not vicious and not false.

    September 21, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Enough

    Amazing that people change their vote based on TV ads.........well I guess that's why we have an inexperienced president, he had better mud slinging ads and false promises of hope! Even Hillary got thrown under the bus by Obama.

    September 21, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Theresa

    I think it is funny that the media wants to blast this guy for something he wrote 20 years ago but gives Obama a free pass for something he said two years ago.

    September 21, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. obama the liar

    it's about time the DNC brought out their slime machine because the race card will not work in this campaign.

    September 21, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Jay T.

    Did McConnell think no one was going to bring out the fact he is a Right-Wing fascist? Our fNation's founders separated Church and State for a reason. Check the Middle Ages and the Witch Hunts and what the Spanish and the Portugese were able to do to Native Americans in the name of the Catholic Church if you need proof.

    Bottom-line: Most Americans don't want greasy, power-hungry white guys enforcing morality based on dogma.

    September 21, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. The new GOP party of NO, racism, and hate is emerging and least you Rightwing NUTS forget, Bush had 47 Czars

    The truth is: McDonnell has not come out to dispute his thesis which is an accurate reflection of his "family values" and how he views women as sheep and second-class citizens. I personnally saw him at the Teabaggers rally in D.C. carrying on of those hate-filled signs; calling Virginia women undocumented illegal immigrant workers because they are not "traditional women"!!!

    September 21, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    McDonnell & Cuccinelli are part of Pat Robertson's American Taliban. The Regent campus created Sara Goodling and many more opportunists who "made up" the distorted "truth" for the Bush/Cheney regime.
    Regent is NOT a legitimate University. They don't even understand the proven science of evolution or climate change. They would like us all to be controlled by their narrow and devisive personal opinions of Christianity. They believe every gender, race, etc., has it's place as dictated by their perverse version of the Bible. Dangerous for Virgina and the United States.

    September 21, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Idiot_Pelosi

    here comes the DNC corruption......

    ACORN false voter registration

    Negative ADS by the DUMOcrats

    here we go again....

    September 21, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Marc in Virginia

    Dem voting for McDonnell. Tired of the spiteful campaign Deeds is running.

    September 21, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Adelita

    If there was a large Taliban presence in Virginia McDonnell's election would be assured.

    September 21, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. JEAN - ATL

    After following the news on McDonnell, I have determined that he is the same type of repub as George Allen, and we all know what happened there. We need more people in office who will be respectful towards each other, to try and bring back some sort of civility and dignity to the congress. Fortunately that doesn't include more of the same Greedy Old Obstructionists (GOP) that are already there, many of which have been there much too long. They have proven daily for over a year now that they are a bunch of insincere people with no real moral values who have only their interests at heart, and not the best interest of the American people. I really hope that we all wake up and see how bad these people have hurt each of us, and not give them the opportunity to do more harm. They have really not learned anything from the Cheney/Bush debacle except how to push hatred more, and will still continue to destroy the middle class which runs this country, into the ground if they are given the chance. There is hope on the horizon for us here and around the world, just wait and see. It will take more than 8 months to repair what 8 years has done, however.

    September 21, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. victim of republican greed

    I hope Deeds kicks McDonnell back to the 1950s where Bob appears to be living now.

    Talk about a crowd of protesters. On the radio, the announcer said that the crowd of protesters at the tea party went from the capitol building all the way back to the 1850s.

    September 21, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. victim of republican greed

    Virginia is for lovers, not for haters like McDonnell.

    September 21, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Centrist

    It is completely understandable that more independent women are supporting Deeds for VA governor.

    McDonnell cannot refute the fact he wrote his alarmingly far-right fundamentalism at the mature age of 34. Working women and ALL Virginians surely deserve better..

    Moderate Deeds for governor

    September 21, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. rr

    has Deeds run one positive ad yet?

    Who says people are sick of negative advertising? It seems to be working for Deeds.

    September 21, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Mississippi Miss

    Stand on your record, because it is factual and important. Don't waste effort and money on advertising that is mean spirited and self-serving.

    You are better off to keep your meaness for the school playground.
    Speak with truth, act with moral clarity, and be respectful at all times.

    As mama would say, " If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all".

    September 21, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. no need to know

    Mr MCDonnell should be ashamed of himself and he is not fit to be a leader to us Virginians

    September 21, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Lamestream media protecting the lameduck president (no cap deserved)

    So let's see, thesis written well over twenty years ago and disavowed today, fair enough, we all make mistakes Senator.

    Sitting in a church FOR twenty years hearing hateful things from your preacher, but not having the fortitude to admit that you heard such types of remarks even to this day, coward in chief.

    Just like he didn't now ACORN was getting money and wasn't following the story.....................

    Relevent sheep for the simple reason as guess whose college papers WE WILL NEVER SEE, you betcha, Shelly and Barry.

    Wonder why?

    September 21, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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