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. Shirley In California

    There was a time I might have considered voting republican because I thought the candidate running was better than the democrat. However, because of the nastiness shown toward our president and the blatant racism which exist in the [R] party. I say go Deeds! When the [R] party returns to a conservative fiscal and civilized party then maybe, I will be willing to sit down and listen to the merits and make my choice based on the facts. Until then – no thank you to their demise which will eventually happen if they keep in the direction they are going.

    September 21, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Jeff in Virginia

    Go Deeds!

    This Virginian is for modern progressive policy, and against medieval conservative hogwash.

    No contraception for married couples? Not in my state.

    September 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. David

    As a former Virginia resident, now in South Carolina, I long for the sanity displayed by Virginians in recent elections. Now that it is clear that Bob McDonnell is a disciple of Pat Robertson, through legal training no less, is there anything else ya'll need to know ?
    Please keep voting intelligently.

    September 21, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. www.robmillerforcongress.com

    Mr. Wilder,

    Please endorse Creigh Deeds!

    Thank you.

    September 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. DC Insider

    I guess if you can't win on issues, you may as well take a page from the Karl Rove campaign manual. It is refreshing to see a Democrat using the manual. Ironically, my fellow democrats cheer it, and say "way to go!" when a year ago they were lamenting how dirty Republican politics are.

    I get frustrated with the hypcrits in my own party. I sometimes wonder if I should be a moderate independant versus a blue dog...hah.

    September 21, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    The liberal hate and attack machine is at it again. Enough! Wake up Virginia, don't be fooled by their vitriol.

    September 21, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Stephan

    When they start whining about the attacks on social issues – they're done! They cannot refute the thesis and it's taking hold amoung the worst demographic for McDonnell – white, educated women who work, have careers and highly resent the stereotype of barefoot and pregnant. And what's worse – overwhelmingly that demographic also finds time in their busy day to – - – - VOTE! It will be a close one but I predict Deeds by 3%.

    September 21, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. windrider

    It's not just the thesis, dummy. It's a law degree from Pat Robertson's law school, a thesis that really reflects the neanderthalish beliefs of the "christian" right, and most important, a political record that supports and sustains the views he expressed in his thesis. He may be trying to tap dance around it, but this is who he is and these are the values he holds, so if that's the mindset you want in charge of your state, vote for him. Otherwise, it's a pretty clearcut choice.

    September 21, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. James

    The McDonnell campaign responded that Deeds is spending his time on "vicious and false social attacks"

    So he was misquoted in his own writings?

    September 21, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Liberal4Obama

    Go Deeds. Keep Virginia BLUE !!!

    September 21, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Harold

    why was it written in the first place; what changed his views and when did it happen; is there anything in his life or voting record to document a change?
    Guess he never figured he would be running for public office or simply felt he could win over the view point of others;
    That paper offended a whole lot of folks; its the women who have a hard decision; black folks get it!

    September 21, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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