September 29th, 2009
01:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Warner appears in new ad for Creigh Deeds

The Deeds campaign debuted a new television ad featuring Sen. Mark Warner.
The Deeds campaign debuted a new television ad featuring Sen. Mark Warner.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - With just over a month to go until election day in Virginia, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is deploying the state's most popular elected politician in a big way.

The Deeds campaign debuted a new television ad featuring Sen. Mark Warner - also the state's governor from 2002 to 2006 - vouching for the Democratic nominee and talking about the economy. The ad is airing throughout the commonwealth, according to a campaign aide, but is not yet running in the pricey Washington, D.C. media market.

"The choice in this election for Governor is really pretty simple," Warner says, speaking directly into the camera. "Do we move Virginia forward by continuing the pro-business economic policies that I helped put in place? Or do we go backwards with the failed economic approach that ruined our economy?"

Recent polls suggest that nearly two-thirds of Virginia voters have a favorable opinion of Warner, and he enjoyed sky-high approval ratings by the time he left the governor's office in January 2006 - thanks largely to his success at creating jobs and his efforts to fix the state's budget. Warner ushered through a bipartisan budget package in 2004 that included a tax increase. an effort that rescued the budget and maintained the state's precious AAA-bond rating.


In the ad, Warner goes on to tell tells viewers that Deeds supports "keeping taxes low and controlling spending" - a point that Republican Bob McDonnell's campaign took issue with.

"Unfortunately it appears the Deeds campaign has given the senator some bad information regarding Creigh's position on taxes," McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said in an e-mail. "Creigh has made clear he will raise taxes on Virginians by one billion a year if elected. With this in mind, the Deeds campaign should think about re-shooting this spot in order to help clear up the confusion it creates."

Deeds has said he is open to increasing taxes to pay for transportation reform if necessary, but he has not guaranteed a tax hike.

Along with the ad, Warner has promised to campaign for Deeds "almost every weekend" until election day in November, according to the Deeds campaign.


Filed under: Creigh Deeds • Mark Warner • Virginia
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I will vote for Deeds no matter how many budget amendmants he signed for. In regards to McDonnell, read the thesis. If Makr Warner is backing Deeds, i'm definitely backing Deeds.

    September 29, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Jesus healed the sick

    Please people, vote democrat, rethuglicans have proven they cannot lead. They have no ideas, no solutions and they destroyed this country.

    September 29, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Vets4Obama

    Democrats fix states and create jobs: Example: Virginia under Warner.

    Republicans RUIN states. Examples: California and South Carolina. I'll be fair and not include Louisianna because of the Hurricane.....that was Bush's fault who wouldn't give them even enough water (and ruined a whole country).

    September 29, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. stormerF

    Why is Warner Flip, Flopping? First he is for then against then for Deeds, Since he is a Senator and Obama has gotten involved,I would discount Warner,He has no more say in state politics,than Obama has.

    September 29, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. cjr

    McDonnell another weird republican – where do they find them???

    September 29, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    IT'S ALL OVER NOW – ronald McDonnell GO HOME!!! Virginia will remain BLUE and Creigh Deeds WILL be the next Governor!!!

    September 29, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Um, I lived in NoVa, and can someone tell me, what exactly were those pro-business policies of Warner's? As I recall, he didn't do very much. I guess that is what passes for pro-business under a democrat, and it does seem to work, especially when you have all that federal spending going on in your state. Deeds, by contrast, has said he will follow Obama's policies on the economy. So regulation and nationalization will be the Virginia model. Yup, sounds like a winner.

    September 29, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. TangledThorns

    Deeds sure loves them coat tails. I live in Reston, VA and McDonnell has my vote!!

    September 29, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Do we move Virginia forward by continuing the pro-business economic policies that I helped put in place? Or do we go backwards with the failed economic approach that ruined our economy

    summed up 8 years of Bush / Cheney v. really any one else

    they were such as disaster that I would bet even Palin or Sanford could do better

    Bush's failed economic approach that ruined our economy will take a long time to heal. Obama's pro-business economic policies are pulling us slowly from the Bush recession.

    September 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. rr

    Deeds is actually running an add that isn't a negative attack ad? This IS news!

    September 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. vick

    we need more DEMS in our offices and keep little GOP power there.. so we can have fair balanced economy and jobs for American people

    September 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. dave

    Thanks, Sen. Warner. Unfortunately, not as much leadership from Mr. Wilder.

    September 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. EF

    "Unfortunately it appears the Deeds campaign has given the senator some bad information regarding Creigh's position on taxes," McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said in an e-mail. "Creigh has made clear he will raise taxes on Virginians by one billion a year if elected. With this in mind, the Deeds campaign should think about re-shooting this spot in order to help clear up the confusion it creates."
    --–
    Wow, that Tucker Martin guy just plain makes them up. It is unbelievable. "One billion a year"? Well, I guess the Tucker Martin-style retort would be, yeah, but Bob McDonnell wants to raise taxes by a billion billion a year! That would be about as accurate.

    This election is devolving into a choice between the deception, focus grouped campaign from McDonnell, who is almost unrecognizable when you know his real record, and the honest, straight talk campaign from Deeds.

    September 29, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. dave

    Thank you Sen. Warner for showing some leadership. Nothing like this from Mr. Wilder.

    September 29, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. buckwheat

    Run him for president in the next election. it would be a welcome change.

    September 29, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Not my President

    Well, i guess im in the slim majority who doesnt like Warner. Personally, the only thing he did was muscle the ACC into letting Virginia tech in. Along with the failure of Gov. Kaine, who is even more worthless than warner, Deeds will not bring anything to VA excpet higher taxes. These taxes will help Northern VA. I dont live in Northern Va so how does that help me. When are the roads going to be fixed in central and southern VA.

    McDonnell is the only other option and though he isnt great, he is still better than Deeds.

    Now if we can just keep our president off the TV (god he loves to hear himself talk) for one day and focused on the problems he has created, instead of trying to get the olympics in Chicago, then we would be in a better place.

    September 29, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. delia

    NO MORE DEMOCRATS !!

    We've learned our lesson by electing Obama-BIG mistake.

    Promise the world – deliver nothing.

    September 29, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Good News Mike in Va Beach

    The good news is Bob McDonell will win and we will finally be rid of these ridiculous negative ads coming out of the Creeds camp.

    September 29, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Simmy

    The two look great together....They look like winners....

    September 29, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Briana the college student

    I hope Mark Warner is right. I'm not excited about Creigh Deeds, but I seriously doubt I would vote for Bob McDonnell if he refuses stimulus money.

    September 29, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |