October 21st, 2009
01:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama finalizes details of Deeds rally in Virginia

The president last campaigned for Deeds in August.
The president last campaigned for Deeds in August.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama will campaign for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia next week, the campaign announced Wednesday, finalizing details of the much-anticipated presidential appearance.

The location of the event in southeast Virginia, a heavily African-American part of the state, signals that Deeds advisers hope the president can boost turnout among supporters who rallied to his side in 2008 but have been largely disinterested in the governor's race so far.

The rally will take place on Tuesday at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, the second largest city in the commonwealth and home to the world's largest naval station. Almost half of Norfolk's residents are African-American; Obama trounced John McCain by a 71-28 margin there last November. During the Democratic gubernatorial primary earlier this year, all three of the men seeking their party's nomination targeted black voters with radio ads and endorsement from key leaders in the community.

But Norfolk in just one of several population centers in Hampton Roads, a broad swath of cities and counties in southeastern Virginia where military voters are also a key part of the electorate. Over the weekend, Republican candidate Bob McDonnell held a veterans rally in nearby Virginia Beach with McCain.

The president first campaigned for Deeds in August in northern Virginia.


Filed under: Creigh Deeds • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Randolph Carter

    When is Obumbles going to take action on sending or withdrawing troops?

    Have a nice day!

    October 21, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Ralph Kramden

    This is very important stuff. Get ready for all the repubs jumping all over Barack spending time here instead of on what they want him to.

    October 21, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. mjm

    Great, now Rio is going to win.

    October 21, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. calvin

    well you want a change well you got it it took bush 8 years to be bad obama 8 month. watch out for the loss of right guns, speech, free press and we will not be safe in our homes.

    October 21, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. rr

    So much for changing the tone of politics.

    Obama supporting Deeds and Corzine is supporting two men who have run heavily negative campaigns, especially Corzine who even democrats admit is running one of the most negative and nasty campaigns ever.

    Obams is all talk.

    October 21, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Dennis in AZ

    Once again, this is what happens when corruption breeds, Put 2 ounces of corruption in a petry dish–within 6 hours, you'll get a stump speech. If you throw corruption in a landfill and wait a week, you'll get another Chicago politician.

    October 21, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'll be at ODU.

    October 21, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Fitz in Texas

    Campaigning again....so what's new. That's all he does anymore because that's all he's able to do. Obama certainly should be the poster guy for....... in way over his head.

    October 21, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Mark

    Well being that Obama's poll numbers are going down I do not think it will help Deeds much.

    October 21, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. He's just getting started...

    Do us all a favor and just stay in virginia Obozo!

    October 21, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. DC Insider

    I think Creigh Deeds is deep trouble and has been trying to pull in the big names Obama and Clinton to save his campaign. He caught up, passed, and started to trail again. His biggest mistake was using Attack Ads in Northern Virginia, it made him look spiteful and angry and a lot of my independant friends are going to vote for Bob McDonnell. Honestly, I am torn, I am a Blue Dog Democrat and I am not a fan of Deeds at all. But what are my choices?

    October 21, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. He's just getting started...

    Do us all a favor and stay in virginia Obozo!

    October 21, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. fellow from chicago

    Be careful of what you wish for Deeds. The Chosen One has lost his angel wings.

    October 21, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Hilary

    How is it possible that Virginians are this close to electing another Republican? Republicans don't care about anything but power. They aren't interested in doing anything to improve democracy or quality of life. They just want to impeach Obama, kick Harry Reid out of office, start a smear campaign against poor people, protect Halliburton from rape lawsuits, etc. What good have they done for the People? So they cut our taxes. So what? The end result is that I can't go to the DMV on my one day off because it's closed. Republicans suck.

    October 21, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Mike in MN

    I'm guessing when McDonnell beats Deeds in Virginia and Christy beats Corzine in New Jersey, Obama will come down hard on any media outlet that talks about the Republican wins other than to just state who won. Any opinions that the Republican wins might have to do with a Republican comeback fueled by a rejection of Obama's agenda would be cast by Obama and the Whitehouse as not really news and the type of extreme opinions based on lies that you would expect from the likes of Fox News.

    October 21, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. ANONYMOUS

    Can anyone get this campaigner-in-chief (bloviator-in-chief) to work?

    October 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Pee Wee

    You have to "finalize the details" concerning a ten-minute tele-prompter reading session? Wow, how much OCD does the narcissist have?

    October 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Tommygunn

    It's that season and the news people are delighted.

    As the different groups select their govenor I sincerely hope whatever candidate truly represent the people best interest and not their own political gain.

    This means conducting business that will have positive impact for both parties provided one group isn't saying no all the time while another one is ignoring valid input.

    I am not familiar with the local needs of Virginia, but if it is anything like the rest of the country I got to ask, are the Republicans just saying "no" in that state as well.

    If so, all that is going to do is get the state a person that will take Federal money publically resisting and quietly but locally promoting optimism for current needs with the funds.

    And this case why even vote Republican if they can be consistent, of the money is needed this shouldn't have a party stance of "no".

    October 21, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Beryl Lindsey

    Sorry, Obama and Deeds, but many of the people who supported you last year have puked up all that Kool-aid and won't be there this time.

    October 21, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Scott, Tucson

    Too bad obama doesn't show has much support for our troops in Afghanistan as he does for supporting his fellow democrats. It's been how long since the request for reinforcements been made to him?

    October 21, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Jay T.

    yeah, but how did he do amongst REAL Virginians? You know, the ones who are Republicans and white. That's what I thought you girlie Libs. Jay T.=1 point, girlie Libs=zero points.

    October 21, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Tina

    It is easier and quicker for the president to give his time and effort to campaigns than deal with real issue for our American soldiers that are in Afghanistan. Since August when Obama's office received the request for increase troops and since he sits in office, he has no clear direction, focus and attention on pressing matters that deals with American soldiers sacrifices and lives. Come on, act like a real President - not a partisan campaign rock star.

    October 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. ODU Student

    Im sitting in a class at ODU right now and I disagree with your assumption that this area is a hub of support for Obama.

    October 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |