(CNN) – After weeks of Democratic attacks on Republican Bob McDonnell's 20-year-old comments on women in the workplace, the GOP is going on the offensive in the Virginia governor's race, hitting Creigh Deeds over a public comment to a female reporter.
The Republican Governor's Association is launching a 30-second TV spot that points to the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's post-debate press conference last month, where he referred to a female reporter as "young lady."
"Did you catch that?" the ad asks, after showing the back-and-forth exchange. "It gets worse."
The commercial, which will air heavily across the state this week, comes after a major Democratic push to focus the race on views in McDonnell's thesis two decades ago. The Republican's recently-reported comments on working women and other social issues have become a lightning rod issue in the campaign, and are credited with helping Deeds close the gap with his GOP opponent over the closing months of the race.
McDonnell is also out with a positive ad promoting his plans to improve the state's transit system.
"Better roads mean better jobs," McDonnell says in the 30-second spot, set to run in Northern Virginia.
She looks like a young lady. Are they serious? I can understand if he call Nancy Reagan a young lady, but this lady appears to be young. How much of a lady she is.... I don't know.
I suppose it's not what he said but how he said it.
The sanctimonious comments from the Republican bashers is truly disgusting. Talking about the kettle calling the pot black.
Was he supposed to call her an old lady?
I sit around and blog all day. My biggest dream is to get the government to give me more of everything so I do not have to get a job. All of this is Bush's fault.
Perhaps Deeds was a bit condescending, but surely McDonnell's religious belief that women stay in the home, barefoot, pregnant, and subservient does a bit more to set back women's rights!
I guess Deeds should have left out 'young' and just called her 'lady'.
What's wrong with calling someone a "young lady"? GOP is clueless when it comes to what's appropriate. They probably have trouble differentiating between calling someone a "macaca" or "monkey" or comparing our Presiden to an African witch doctor and calling a woman "young lady."
How clueless can the Republican party be? Who's running this ad campaign? Glenn Beck?
Sorry, I don't get what the big deal is
I don't get it. Was Deeds talking to a guy?
I think it is an insult to call a young lady such. I remember wanting to pass for 35 when I was 25. How dare he compliment the "Young Lady". The Republican candidate got it right when he said in his thesis that women in the work force is detrimental to our economy. They should be home caring for all the kids they gonna have.
That is the Republican mindset. It is all they can offer. Calling a young lady "Young Lady" is a compliment. Republicans have not reached that part of the grammer book yet.
These two candidates and their parties should find more substantive issues to run on or address, still there is a whole lot of difference between calling a lady "young" and denegrading women on the workplace.
That's all the Repugnants got? Young lady? Seriously? Wow, they are really desperate.
This is the kind of politic that makes me vote for Democrats
Calling out Deeds for a ham-fisted remark does not change the fact that McDonnell believes that women are second-class citizens who should stay barefoot and pregnant.
This is modern America, not the 14th century!
I always laugh how the GOP can fake outrage and they all seem to cry and whine on cue about nothing...
Talk about grasping at straws!
But, of course, pay no attention to McDonnell's idea that all women should be barefoot and pregnent and at work – in the kitchen!!!
Are you people all crazy??????? I't was the way he said it!!!!
The McDonnell campaigns internal polling must be showing he is in DEEP TROUBLE those kinda attacks show desperation on his part. If I was Craig Deeds I would be feeling pretty good McDonnell has to resort to fake outrage and smear tactics.
ahhh lets see "working women and feminists as "detrimental" to the family" vs a young lady comment
Robert F. McDonnell is a Neanderthal i would rather vote for a toad than vote for the GOP
A few months ago, there was a urgent request by the GOP for new, fresh thinkers to come join the party. If this is an example of the results, then they probably need to up their standards and start including 1st graders.
I've been called a "young lady" before (and i'm at the ripe old age of 30)... and I don't consider it Offensive AT ALL. Especially coming from someone 15+ years older then me.
No, what I find offensive is someone writing a thesis about how everyones lives would be so much better if I would just sit at home, barefoot & pregnant while keeping my house clean and waiting on my husband hand & foot to keep the children quiet so he has a relaxing evening after such a "hard" day at work.
If this is the best the GOP has, they're in for a lot of trouble...
Let's see....calling a young lady a "Young Lady" is now...wrong?? WOW! If this is all they've got......BRING IT!
"Young lady" is now a derogatory remark? In which planet? WOW!!! This is getting scarier and scarier.