September 25th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
5 years ago

McDonnell fights back in new TV ads

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Hoping to advance the narrative that Democrat Creigh Deeds is the "negative" candidate in the Virginia governor's race, Republican Bob McDonnell unveiled two new television ads Friday pushing back against the onslaught of attacks about McDonnell's conservative voting record and his 1989 master's thesis that criticized working women.

One ad ticks through a series of Virginia newspaper columns accusing Deeds of concoting "disingenuous and deceitful ads" about McDonnell's positions on abortion rights and contraception. "Creigh Deeds: No positive ideas, just dishonest attacks," a narrator says.

The second ad is called "Working Woman" and puts McDonnell's daughter Jeanine - who served as an Army lieutenant in Iraq - in front of the camera to tell viewers that McDonnell encouraged his three daughters "to be independent and achieve our goals."

The ads suggest that the McDonnell campaign is playing a bit of defense, as their substantial lead in the polls evaporated after the Deeds campaign started running ads in northern Virginia calling attention to the controversial thesis. Deeds now trails McDonnell by just five points, according to the most recent Washington Post poll of the race.


But McDonnell campaign adviser Ed Gillespie said the Virginia race has "really begun to chrystallize" in McDonnell's favor as a choice between one candidate with ideas and another running "a non-stop negative campaign."

"When you get tagged as the negative candidate this late in the campian, that solidifies and it's hard to come back from that," Gillespie said in a conference call with reporters shortly after the ads were announced.

Gillespie also pounced on Deeds for failing to secure the endorsement of former Virginia governor Doug Wilder, who said Thursday he won't support Deeds because of his support for gun rights and his willingness to raise taxes to fund transportation.

"The last Democratic candidate to run for governor to not get the endorsement of Doug Wilder was Don Beyer, and you remember the outcome of that race," Gillespie said, referring to Beyer's unsuccessful 1997 bid against Republican Jim Gilmore.

Gillespie denied the Virginia race is a referendum on the White House - "This election is not about President Obama," he said - but he also noted that national Democratic legislation on health care and energy will have a harmful effect on the commonwealth's economy.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds • Virginia
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. GuyInVA

    Once again, the Washington Post has gone republican hunting, and the are successfully hurting Bob McDonnell. How hard can it be for Deeds to make up ground when the a newspaper with the resources of the Post is doing his opposition research for him? Every story on McDonnell's thesis was front page. The story on Gov. Wilder not endorsing Deeds was in the Metro section. It was entitled "Wilder Declines to Endorse Anyone for Governor." In fact, when one reads the article, it shows that Governor Wilder specifically declines to endorse Deeds. Of course he won't endorse McDonnell, but it's just another example of the subtle bias of liberal media outlets like the Post. The fact that Deeds isn't leading in the polls is amazing. Also, in July the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, Sheila Johnson, endorsed McDonnell. I don't recall hearing about that before today.

    September 25, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Ernesto

    Go Deeds! The truth about McDonnell will hopefully prove him to be the loser in this important race.

    September 25, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. Kara

    Republican McDonnell is out of touch with American. He has no clue as to what to do unless Rush and Rove tell him. This is one Republican we don't need!

    September 25, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Marko,TX

    Republican McDonnell dances to the tunes of Rush Limbaugh. Enough said.

    September 25, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. ib

    This is about Va. and nothing else. Deeds has already stated he will raise taxes if elected. Why doesn't he try to find out where all the money went from the last two record tax increases in this state but no like a true liberal he wants to raise our taxes again. NO DEEDS; the common working man cannot afford him.

    September 25, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. The new GOP party of NO, racism, and hate is emerging and least you Rightwing NUTS forget, Bush had 47 Czars

    Virginians, think before you cast that vote for religious republiklan bigot Bob McDonnell; he can run away from his shadows and his hate-mongering against working women by calling them sheeps and second-class citizens in his thesis; by throwing his daughter under the bus, but he can't hide!!!

    The sun is shining where Bob McDonnell is hiding his true "family values"; and like the roaches he can't hide from his past.....ask Bob McDonnell to back away from his extremist views against women...and Vote for Deeds to say NO to Bob McDonnell and religious bigoted views against women and children!!!

    September 25, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. JonDie

    Bob McDonnell is a Pat Robertson clone, the same Pat Robertson who said the thousands of Americans murdered on 9-11 DESERVED to be murdered. Why won't CNN print these comments?

    September 25, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. i want my finger back

    see negative campaigning works and the dems use it as much as anything else.

    double standard though – dems were outragged when obama's murky past was brought up – Ayers, Wright, etc.

    September 25, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. carlos, THAT one

    mc done...as it sounds..DONE.....lying misogynist hypocrite.......Virginians, haven't we got enough of the CONS ervatives all throughout the U.S. of A.???why would we want more of them in government? they'll keep ruining this country and us, THE MIDDLE CLASS.

    Just like they act: NO vote for mc done

    September 25, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. kimberly

    cant put that genie back in the bottle. The man is a bigot, and he has a record to prove it! This is NOT about being called names, he has stated this all himself, its too bad we cant catch half the republican old men on tape, I gaurantee you they feel the EXACT way!

    September 25, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Jeremy...Dallas-Tx

    Our country is tired of brainless right wingers. I've been closely monitoring Virginia because we got one here (TX) to kick out in few months. I am yet to see McDonnell's quantiable plan to fix transportation problems among other issues. He says he got more than 10 plans to raise funds.I find all of them subject to 3rd party clearance. For example how sure is he that offshore drilling will be environmentally cleared? How much do we get from that if we are lucky? This guy is taking us for a ride just like Iraq invasion with the hope of finding WMD. Can he be exact with possible figures he can raise with bonds? This is also another plan subject to 3rd party blessings! Get real guys.Take no chances with this guy. Yes,Deeds can raise taxes(if need be) for our roads.Good man who is honest upfront than ambush us in the future. After all we are paying taxes to re-build Iraq after right wingers demolition.

    September 25, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    McDonnell's daughter has NOTHING to do with WORKING WOMEN!!!! His daughter most likely went into the service under an OBJECTION from her father!! Come on now!!! McDonnell's VIEWS are not for WOMEN – CASE in POINT!!! If it was up to him, our heads will still be tied and our feet barefooted!! With McDonnell, WOMEN have no rights!!!

    He say he cares now because he wants to get elected ... He wrote the thesis at age 34 – I have a 34 year old daughter and her views NOW is what she is going to carry for the rest of her life!!!

    September 25, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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