October 19th, 2009
01:06 PM ET
5 years ago

Deeds plays up Post endorsement in new ad

Will the endorsement of the Washington Post help propel Virginia Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds to victory?
Will the endorsement of the Washington Post help propel Virginia Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds to victory?

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Will the endorsement of the Washington Post help propel Virginia Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds to victory in November in the same way it did in the June Democratic primary? The Deeds campaign is launching a new ad campaign plan with that goal in mind.

The Post endorsed Deeds for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in May, weeks before Virginians voted in the primary. The Deeds camp eagerly used that stamp of approval in TV ads and yard signs down the stretch, an effort that unquestionably helped the Democrat secure his party's nomination.

The paper gave Deeds its blessing again over the weekend - this time over Republican Bob McDonnell. It wasn't exactly a surprise: No Virginia politico contacted by CNN could recall the last time the paper endorsed a Republican candidate for governor. And once again, the Deeds campaign is using the endorsement in TV ads running in the populous northern Virginia suburbs, where the paper is widely circulated.

The new Deeds ad quotes from the endorsement, which said the Democrat "offers hope for a solution" on the transportation problems plaguing the state. Deeds, as the ad and that paper said, has ideas that "hold the promise of a prosperous future."


The Republican Party of Virginia noted that the ad flashes the Post's named on screen eight times in 30 seconds and uses a larger font for the Post's name than for Deeds - "making it unclear to the viewer which entity is the actual candidate."

McDonnell picked up a big newspaper endorsement of his own over the weekend from the Daily Press in Newport News, which backed Democrat Tim Kaine in 2005.


Filed under: Creigh Deeds
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Doug, New Jersey

    Wow Washington Post, Hugo Chavez, and Hamas all support the Democrat, and get this water is wet.

    This is good Vs evil. The good people of VIrgina Vs the evil libs of the Nortern part of the state that is nothing more than an extention of the evil socialist Washington DC that would vote Bin Laden for anything in a landslide if he had a little d next to his name.

    October 19, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Mississippi Miss

    Hold the promise of a prosperous future. Try saying that to yourself in the mirror, and you will forget it pretty quickly when you go out into the real world. Promises and prosperous haven't been mixing too well lately. Buy into it... if you will. Hold the promise, it will be the only thing keeping you warm this winter, if you continue to support the left leaning Democratic party candidates. I know it must be awfully hard, but think about it... and vote for a conservative this time.

    October 19, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    A Washington establishment newspaper endorses an Obama wannabe and liberal puppet. No news there.

    October 19, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. LacrosseDad

    Knock me down dead with shock...the Washington Post endorsing a Democrat. BE AFRAID AMERICA.

    October 19, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. rr

    It's always news when a democrat running for governor actually runs a positive ad!

    Deeds isn't as nasty and negative as Corzine, but he's run a very negative campaign.

    October 19, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. joel palmer

    Deeds better win this; the dems can't afford to appear weak or sloppy and this guy has been both.

    Do whatever it takes to win this (and NJ too)

    October 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. fellow from chicago

    Give it up, Deeds. Your days and the days of the "mortgage our children's future" Democratic party are over.

    October 19, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Victim of Liberal stupidity

    No Virginia politico contacted by CNN could recall the last time the paper endorsed a Republican candidate for governor. And once again, the Deeds campaign is using the endorsement in TV ads running in the populous northern Virginia suburbs, where the paper is widely circulated.
    ________________________________________________________

    Just like Obama's campaign, if you spin it they will come......drool, slobber......uhhhh.

    October 19, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Matt

    "making it unclear to the viewer which entity is the actual candidate."
    What he seems to be saying is that Republicans are so dim that they can't differentiate what they see unless one thing is bigger than the other. I knew they weren't bright, but really? They're going to criticize Deeds on the font sizes he uses? That just seems stupid. At least McDonnell's thesis has some relation to the policies he supports, even if it's equally ridiculous to bring up.

    October 19, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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