WASHINGTON (CNN) - Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, a Democrat, argued Tuesday that the Obama administration’s contentious economic agenda has been a drag on his campaign.
With slightly under a month to go until Election Day on November 3, Deeds trails Republican Bob McDonnell in the polls. McDonnell has tried to tie Deeds to some of the more controversial legislative items being debated in Washington, particularly health care reform and the union-friendly Employee Free Choice Act.
“Frankly, a lot of what’s going on in Washington has made it very tough,” Deeds said in a candidate forum put on by Politico, WJLA television, Google and YouTube. “We had a very tough August because people were just uncomfortable with the spending. They were uncomfortable with a lot of the noise that was coming out of Washington, D.C.”
Deeds said his campaign is now “re-framing” the race to keep a focus on Virginia issues. He told the moderators that he disagrees with Obama on “some issues” but only named one: the cap-and-trade legislation currently before Congress.
He did, however, give the president points for his handling of economic crisis.
“Frankly, I don’t think he’s getting enough credit right now for lots of good signs that are emerging in the economy,” he said.
Deeds and the rest of the Republicans don't give a fig for our country.
If they did, they would give Pres Obama far more than nine entire months to clean up the horrendous messes that the Republicans created with Bush.
Instead, the Republicans are doing everything they can to destroy our country.
They are succeeding. May they rot in hell.
Maybe so Deeds but did that stop you from taking DNC money? I believe that answer would be no! Maybe you should have taken the independent route! Too late!
Deeds is a chicken Democrat. EX Gov. Doug Wilder was right not to endorse him.
Deeds should switch parties. He sounds like a Republican.
It has to be hard to run in a state where people actually want to rewrite the Bible to eliminate the Liberal bias. I think they will also eliminate two of the commandments: the ones about not committing adultery and not killing people which would cut down on supporting illegal wars.
I hope Virginia is smart enough to vote for Deeds.
McDonnell is a slime-bag.
No Mr. Deeds....the people of this country were sick of the mess the previous President left for our current President. We understand that drastic measures need to be made to undo the incredible debt we were all left with. And the two wars, once based on a lie, have made our economy a mess. Obama's trying to do the right thing by creating a situation where health insurance is available. And while it may be expensive, it is certainly more reliable than giving billions to thNo, Mr. Deeds, your ignorant attitude is the reason many of us democrats are donating our money to our favorite candidates and NOT the Party, who might give money to cowardly Blue Dogs like yourself. Figure it out, Mr. Deeds, we need a big change. If you don't like it, then get out of the way because the train's coming through.
Do a search and see how the misnamed employee free choice act= SEIU=ACORN.
Wow, Deeds is the first to admit that Democrats house of cards is falling. Thank him for his honesty but let's vote for McDonnell instead. I live in Reston, VA and McDonnell has the best vision for the Commonwealth.
EASY Creigh – easy – down boy!!! Don't give the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts something to make a horror movie about!!! Your words would definitely be takin out of context – watch!!!
WE WILL KEEP VIRGINIA BLUE!!!
...start talking to Virginians about continuing ahead as Kaine and Warner have done even in tough economic times. Talk some transportation and how Federal stimulus money has and will make a difference here. Get behind Metro to Dulles, alternative energy investments and ideas. Shut down McDonnell now – we cannot afford a GOP-just-say-no-to-everything-but-do-nothing-tax-cuts, CBN "700 club" university graduate in political office in this commonwealth. They guy is afraid of women in the workplace destroying the traditional family, thinks homosexuality is a "lifestyle" choice, and has proposed privatizing ABC stores as the answer to VA economics..... Time for you (Deeds) to do something so we do not have extremist-McDonnell in office...
“Frankly, a lot of what’s going on in Washington has made it very tough,”
“We had a very tough August because people were just uncomfortable with the spending."
Hear that, Democrats?
In an odd kind of way, Obama has done us small-government people, including real conservatives, a big favor: He's shown the American people how scary the far-Left blank-check mentality can be. The neo-cons aren't pikers when it comes to wasting money, but Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of the Libs have blown more money in nine months than Bush did in his entire second term, and that includes his various Crusades. And Obama and Pelosi, if they get their way with health care, cap-and-trade, and who knows what-all, have barely gotten started breaking the bank.
Keep your chin up Mr. Deeds, The polls don't mean squat.
Deeds you will be a victim of Obamas terrible spending in DC.
Stand and deliver Deeds. Stop blaming Washington and quit trying to determine the political wins. Stand up for the people and they'll stand up for you.
He's right, I am a Independent that leans Democrat and am very unhappy with the current economic policies. If jobs are created 2010 will see a different party in place.
Don't worry dems. This is just a preview of your very near future. It starts locally. People are done. I Cant Wait!!!
Democrats are now running from Obama. Obama and his liberal agenda are starting to take Democrats all across the country down with him. Too bad he is not really the centerist he pretended to be. Obama will be a one term failure if he does not move to the center like Clinton did.
If Deeds have a problem with the current national economic status, than move out of the way and let Terry McAuliffe finish the race. Stop making excuses Deeds and fight!
One of many Demo's that are going to wake up (hopefully only after their defeat) to the disaster that is Obama!
You mean the democratic agenda has made running as a democrat difficult because... the American people don't like the agenda?
Hello? Then maybe get a clue. Ever heard of the concept that our elected officials are supposed to represent the will of the people? What part of that does the Obama administration not understand? They understand it. They're Marxists and they know better than the people. THAT'S the problem.
Hey, if you're not popular you don't get elected. Simple. We're still a democracy. This year...
OK, Deeds, what is it? The Dems are a hindrance or a help to you? You don;t seem very sure.
Great, sounds like another Blue Dog. I say let McDonnell win, at least we true Democrats will know where his loyalty stands. Just say no to anymore Blue Dogs (Neo-con infiltrators).
Mr. Deeds, the GOP party neats any thing! You say bad of the Pres, so you are a "Southern Gentleman!"
Deeds will do just what Sen Warner and our "esteemed governor did. Campaign as moderates then after being elected stand up at the Dem convention and support Obama and support his socialist agenda.