October 16th, 2009
07:33 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton to rally Virginia Democrats for Deeds

Clinton supported his friend Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia Democratic primary.

Clinton supported his friend Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia Democratic primary.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama still hasn't committed to campaign with Creigh Deeds before Election Day, but the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful is getting an assist from a former President: Bill Clinton.

Clinton will appear at a rally with Deeds somewhere in northern Virginia next Tuesday, a Deeds aide said. The exact location has not yet been finalized.

Longtime Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe, who sought the Democratic nomination before losing to Deeds in June, will also be in attendance. McAuliffe has sent out a fundraising e-mail on Deeds' behalf, but he has also urged Deeds to run a more positive campaign if he hopes to catch up to Republican Bob McDonnell before Election Day, Nov. 3.

Former Vice President Al Gore is raising money for Deeds on Friday evening.

Filed under: Al Gore • Bill Clinton • Creigh Deeds • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. jon stewart is keith olberman's evil twin

    when Bill tried to help his wife ........ she lost

    would someone please put some duct tape over his mouth

    some of us Americans don't like you Democrats!! oy vey!

    October 16, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. New Father

    Maybe he can explain to Virginia how sucessful this country can be with a Dem prez and republicans in charge of everything else. I am so glad that Dems have the majority after getting rid of the repubs who had a spending. How is that working out? 1.4 trillion debt, real unemployment 17%, and lots of US jobs going overseas, congrats America

    October 16, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. T M

    At Least we had some Surplus!! Thanks to Bill He Made it Happen!!

    October 16, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Gary P.

    Why don't the Democrats send Jimmy Carter to Virginia to campaign for their boy? Nobody knows what might come out of old Jimmy's mouth these days–not even him.

    October 16, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Ray E.

    One would ask just what does Clinton want? Why is he still out there ? Hasn't the people rejected his brand of politics?

    You should know by now that the Liberals and Democrats want to run the Country but they want the Conservatives and Republicians to pay for it. That's been working out real well hasen't it?

    70 plus years and a 12 Trillion dollar National Debt. What does your paycheck look like after taxes. Do you want to pay more of your taxes for the Welfare State??? If so continue to vote Democrat.

    October 16, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. Brian from NJ


    If you are going to constantly yell at people, then get your facts straight!

    I am a fiscal conservative who did not vote for Bush, but I will tell you that his spending did NOT cause the financial crisis. The leading cause was the housing market bubble hursting. In October 2003 Bush tried to fix that problem by changing the rules regulating Fannie and Freddie. But his attempts were, ready for this, OBSTRUCTED by the Democrats, Barney Frank in particular. And it was on Clinton's watch that the bill deregulating the banks was made into law, even though Phill Gramm warned that if they did not do something about the mortgage industry it would lead to a financial meltdown in the future.

    Also, the 45K people die from being uninsured number you keep quoting is from an analysis done by David Himmelstein, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, a group dedicated to the single payer solution. Not exactly an unbiased opinion and there is no proof that the people he studied were uninsured throughout the duration of his study. The report was released September 18th (just a coincidence, like the insurance industry's report, right?)

    For the 2010 election cycle, the insurance companies haven given 56% of their contributions to Democrats... the Democrats are the ones in the pockets of the insurance industry, NOT the Republicans.

    October 16, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. julie in atlanta

    Bring on the big dog...MISS YA, BILL!

    October 16, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Bill from Northern, VA

    no one can save Deeds at this point. He is an empty suit.

    October 16, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Obama fan...not!

    The Dems need to win one race somewhere, so they can have CNN trumpet "mixed results" in the 2009 election cycle. Right now they are looking at a shutout!

    October 16, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    How, in this country, can a man who holds a belief that women belong in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant (McDonnell) be elected and paid out of the good people of Virginia's hard earned tax dollars? How does this happen? Do people not pay attention and just vote for party no matter the consequences? Do some people still hold these beliefs? Do some people not care that at least half of their citizens won't even be respected by their governor? Tell me, how does this happen.

    October 16, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. not alone

    least when Bill left office this country was running very nicely,you can't even say that about Bush jr or sr.

    October 16, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  12. Bren

    And, the Democrats are worried about New Jersey as well......as their Governor's election is on the same day (Nov 4)!! The Republican is leading in New Jersey by 4 points-and New Jersey is even a Democrat stronghold state. They are so worried about losing New Jersey--that Biden, Clinton AND Obama are going there to campaign next week. The Republican candidate in Virginia is leading between 7-9 points.

    October 16, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. Maestroh

    Deeds is hiring the guy who destroys Democrats everywhere he goes. Bill Clinton has never been able to deliver for OTHER people. Deeds must be throwing this election.

    One more thing: I'm guessing that this is the first crack in that supposed permanent retirement of the GOP.

    October 16, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. proud dem in nc

    You go Bill. The Dems may not win in Va. but people are seeing the Repiglicans for what they are. The party of no solutions who just throw bricks and hammer away at Obama all day. He's trying to clean up after the disaster that was the Bush administration. Clowns like Beck, Insantiy, Coulter et. al. are right wing nuts that spew out their hate, and bigotry with a smirk. Then they call themselves patriots and Christians. Fat chance. Losers and traitors all!!

    October 16, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. Margaret

    Too late, Bubba. Your party has caused the biggest deficit since WWII, Obama has a youth czar who extolls the virtues of NAMBLA, the White House has called out a major news organization for exposing its graft, the Congress won't stop the spending and cramming legislation down our throats. You have forgotten this is a democracy.

    It is waaaaay too late. We'd like our country back.

    October 16, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. worriedmom

    Don't waste your time Bill. Mr. Deeds has already informed Virginians that he will raise taxes for road construction. Just want we want to hear!!! All Mr. Deeds can prove he has done is to run a dirty campaign with smears and no substance!
    McDonnell for Governor!

    October 16, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. Elliot

    Clinton will also be in Rio Grande Valley, Texas on Thursday, October 22nd! The RGV is one of the few remaining dominantly-democratic areas in this "republican" state.

    October 16, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    The Dems must be getting desperate in Virginia–Barry and Slick Willie rooting for Deeds?

    Actually, they do have a lot riding on it–next month is going to be a decent preview of 2010.

    October 16, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  19. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Deeds should listen and consider the experience of positive comments!

    October 16, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    If Deeds does not have any positive comments, better start understanding the positive changes from the current administration!!!

    October 16, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    There ain't wrong with Bill fundarising for Deeds, and he's behind in the polls and with Bill helping him out, it can suit him well.

    Whatever he can do and help him out will all depend on how much Bill can imeliorate his chances but if I would to guess, I'd say not right now. Deeds will have it tough and Bill is popular no matter what, he can raise money for you and for the Dems in particualr. Whether how much or how far he can go will depend greatly on his campaign strategy and maybe Bill is right, he should run a good campaign, not a negative one.

    As of right now, Deeds chances are not as good as some will people will predict but who knows in the long term. Maybe if Bill shows a lil exposure it can help him...and not that exposure, if you know what I mean, 🙂

    October 16, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  22. G

    not gonna help...we are sick of Democrats.

    October 16, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  23. Eileen

    Wow, the Dems are really worried and it shows. This is just the beginning. The community organizer is in way over his head, he is clueless. All he can do is make speeches, what an egomaniac. What do you expect when you elect someone with no experience?

    October 16, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  24. Recovered Trickledownaholic

    How soon they forget the GOPs neglect, listening only to what the voices on TV tell them to do.

    October 16, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  25. Wanda, DC

    All right Virginia....time to do it again. Let's prove the polls wrong.

    October 16, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
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