October 20th, 2009
04:38 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton breaks down polling in Virginia's governor's race

Clinton campaigned in Virginia on Tuesday.
Clinton campaigned in Virginia on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton played political analyst Tuesday during a campaign appearance in Virginia for Democrat Creigh Deeds, who is trailing Republican Bob McDonnell according to recent polling.

"So are the polls right?" Clinton said during a rally in northern Virginia. "The answer is yes, no and maybe. Yes, the polls are an accurate measurement of the voter groups that they talk to in proportion to each other. So if on election day that profile shows up, you have to change minds."

"The 'no' answer is, that's not close to a profile of the people either who voted in the primary, which was an open primary, or in the general election of 2008."

"And the 'maybe' is the thing that matters," he said. "The maybe is you. The maybe is what you do in the two weeks, whether you're prepared to step into the breach."

Clinton urged the crowd to tell fellow Democrats that jobs, health care, energy, education and "sensible budgets" are all at stake on Election Day.

He offered his analysis Tuesday flanked by Deeds and longtime friend Terry McAuliffe, who also sought the Democratic nomination for governor. Clinton campaigned actively for McAuliffe in the primary earlier this year, a contest that he said taught him to "never underestimate" Deeds, who came from behind to pull out a victory in June.

Though Deeds has been criticized for running an underwhelming and negative campaign, Clinton told the audience: "I like the way he handled himself in the primary, and I like the way he's handling himself in the general election."


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. jon

    Clinton will not be able to help Deeds, voters will be booting Democrats out of office left, right and center.

    October 20, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Enough

    Vote out all Democrats, they are nothing but a bunch of tax and spenders.

    October 20, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. J.S.

    The economy and FREEDOM of Speech are very important right now. You shouldn't have to agree with the current administration on everything in order to have voice. The candidate who represents all the people of Virginia should win....

    October 20, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. Simmy

    Deeds deserves to win, but with the fickleness seen in voters these days, they might do a crazy thing and put a loser like McDonnell in office.....I hope not......

    October 20, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. ttbala

    It is so amazing how all these republicans forget so easily how their votes helped distruct this country for 8 years, and now they have the nerve to call the dems hypocrite, you know what you are repubs you are truple hypocrites, so shut up and let the people clean up your mess!!!!

    October 20, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. AndrewCPA

    Mr Deeds will not be the governor. As someone stated VA is an odd state when it comes to this. Kaine was behind the $1000 speeding ticket (he signed the bill should have vetoed).

    As for the breakdown, some dems that I know are not behind Deeds because he never talks about his plans, just attacking McDonnell. I think the fact that Wilder has not backed Deeds should speak a lot (he did back Kaine and Allen).

    October 20, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Pat Wolf

    Is this a news article or a campaign ad?

    October 20, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Marie in California

    Hey, you guys in Virginia......just get ready to say "hello" to Governor McConnell.

    October 20, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. Enough

    Clown boy Clinton needs to go back to retirement. We know Hillary is busy and Billy has nothing to do, but please, he is doing nothing to help these people.

    October 20, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Victim of Democratic greed

    Why isn't Carter out there campaigning for his fellow Democrats. This is totally insane. Can't these people get elected on their own merits.........NO, they have no merits, guess we need Billy to smooth talk for them.

    October 20, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. ib

    The demos dont' know what sensible budgets are. A vote for Deeds is a vote for more taxes and uncontrolled spending in this state. NO DEEDS.

    October 20, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Mick

    Maybe Republicans should pay attention to what their "leadership" is doing. You'd be hard pressed to find them doing much of anything but complain.

    October 20, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Brooke

    I love how all the Clinton haters are always yelling for them to shut up. Yet last year, you were all about "Why aren't they endorsing Obama? Why haven't we heard from them? Where are they?" You people are completely ridiculous. You want them to go away but when they do, you want them to come back. Face it, folks. You love having them in the spotlight and act like you hate them. It's quite funny.

    October 20, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Rob

    I am so tired of the attention given by the news media to every public statement by Clinton on anything. Although a smart man he shamed the office of the President. Unlike Clinton, Bush failed to present his views in a way that was persuasive and compelling – he allowed others to hijack his message. But he stood up for everyone of us and protected us at a time we proved more vulnerable than at any time in nearly two centuries to attack on our own soil. He served his country with honor and conviction, and these left wingers who say he should be convicted of some crime are the dishonorable ones. As for Virginia, this state was never firmly in the Democratic column anyway so Clinton's spin on things doesn't mean
    anything.

    October 20, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. Operation Replacement

    So Clinton wanted the Clintonite McAuliffe? What else is new?
    Janet Reno got beat in Fla. and Riichardson flunked the presidential
    primaries. Not too mention Hillary. Face it, Bill. You are a jinx.

    October 20, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Kenneth C. Harris

    Bill, it is expected for you to be a good "democrat". However, is there not a way to avoid supporting Obma. It was my hope that Hillary would win and have Obama as her VP. This would accomplish two things. One it would give him the experience that he totally lacks. Two, it would give voters to get to know who this guy. Presently we are getting to know him and many of us do not like what we are learning.

    October 20, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. csh

    Bill Clinton= Best President Ever

    October 20, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. Jonathan

    Magnanimous.....Given your soveriegn ineptitude you would appreciate a speechifier who can oversimplify the complex. But, hey, at least you're reticent about your diminutive intellectual stature. Most statists, our president being one, are oblivious to the fact.

    October 20, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  19. rick r

    This election will start the process of electing people who understand we (the people) are sick of big government, big taxes, and big heads.

    October 20, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
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