October 28th, 2009
01:13 PM ET
8 years ago

Political star power descends on Virginia

(CNN) - With only five days until Election Day, Virginia is has become ground zero for the political glitterati.

First, President Obama paid a visit to the state Tuesday on behalf of Democrat Creigh Deeds. The two held a rally at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

Now Republican Bob McDonnell is bringing in the GOP star power: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is campaigning for the former state attorney general in Democratic-leaning Fairfax County, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will join McDonnell for events in Virginia Beach, Roanoke, and Richmond.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds • Virginia
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Bren

    Real Clear Politics---which averages all polls-–is showing McDonnell with about a 12 point lead. The Republican McDonnell is going to win this state no problem. Obama does NOT win in 2012 without Virginia!!!! It looks like the majority in Virginia have jumped off of the "hopey and changey" Obama love train.

    And, in most polls regarding New Jersey---Christie is leading by about 3 points.

    However, most experts believe that those voters supporting Daggett, are going to go for Christie at the end--as Corzine is disliked in the state that much. New Jersey has the highest taxes than any other state in the country--real estate, sales, state, school, etc. And, under Corzine, the unemployment rate doubled since he took office.

    Even if Christie does not win, but comes very close.........This is still sending a clear message-–as New Jersey is a Democrat stronghold state.

    October 28, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The local Payless store has sold out of shoes, I hear, in anticipation of the arrival of Giuliani. If you are attending, I'd wear a helmet.

    October 28, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Fitz in Texas

    Great....this could mean Campaigner President Obama will be taking yet another trip on the taxpayers money to Virginia to campaign for Deeds, again. After all why would the President of the United States what to mess with that pesky little war over there. Campaigning is so much more fun, good for the ego and something President Obama does very well.


    October 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Doug, New Jersey

    Will Obama have all his ACORN/UNION goons and thugs out in full force?

    It is amazing how so many Americans can support such corruption and immoral activities. A good 75% of Democrat voters are just takers who are looking to steal money from good hard working honest Americans, but then there are that 25% who vote Democrat simply because they are horrible, hate-filled, mean liars who just want to feel that their evil ways and lack of morals wins out. Doesn't take a genious to realize why these Democrats are so fearful of god, you don't want to be a Democrat on judgement day.

    October 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Perusing-through

    Deeds squandered great campaign opportunities. It is far too late for Deeds to make up for lost ground.

    October 28, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Perusing-through

    Deeds should have never been in this race. The Democratic Party need the likes of Terry McAuliffe to beat Bob McDonnell. Deeds is another "genteel" Democrat – – – in the mode of a Tom Daschle.

    October 28, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Lynda

    Rudy Giuliani thinks he is such a contender in the GOP........ what a joke.........McDonnell must have a death wish to call on this lame duck to campaign for him.........this man is not STAR POWER......remember the last Republican primaries? He was so sure of himself he didn't even go out and campaign.......he was one of the biggest losers in the last primaries.......

    October 28, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    At least Romney and Giuliani don't have US servicemen's LIVES to save like the "trophy wife" of the democratic party....

    Is this all you can do Obama, stump, get your picture made, smooze on letterman and win useless awards for doing NOTHING?

    October 28, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I don't know but Virginia should give a clue or a tell how it can be fought when it comes. Does look like the big boys are gonna be making a scene out there. The Commonwealth is back and I think it should be a good one and I think who will win. Sorry Dems but you're gonna need a miracle, in my opinion. So yeah, do believe McDonell is gonna take it, barely.

    Haven't caught up with the numbers yet or polls but I think McDonell should take it and will. How much or big of a victory will depend on how many actually go to vote, which I believe won't be as much as it can turnout to. If Deeds wants to win, he needs to get his troops at every corner, angle and location to raise up that level.

    That's my pick, for now.

    October 28, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    That's an odd play.

    McDonnell is more or less assured, since Deeds has run a terrible campaign.

    But McDonnell's poll lead is occuring in a state where there's a large advantage in democratic voters, and a solid majority of the electorate approve of Obama. They're democrat – leaning, they just don't like Deeds.

    McDonnell's play of trooping in a lot of divisive figures from the national GOP who are ALL DISLIKED by a majority of the voters could only serve to motivate a few of the democratic – leaning fence sitters to actually get to the polls (reducing McDonnell's lead), or chase away some of the independent moderates who just don't like Deeds (again reducing McDonnell's lead).

    This won't change the victor. Deeds has messed up badly enough that very little possibly could change the victor... But inviting Mr 9/11 or the flip-flopping mormon won't help McDonnell's campaign.

    I don't get it.

    October 28, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Nea

    And yet still some will say he is not being by-partisan enough, no matter what this President does the right will still complain.

    October 28, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Centrist

    McDonnell associating with the unethical Rudy Giuliani, of all people?

    That is more reason to vote for the moderate Creigh Deeds for VA governor.

    October 28, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. just sayin'

    Interesting that the Greedy Old Party can only produce "FORMER" this that and the other office-holders.

    BTW, Mittens' magic underpants aren't going to get him elected in 2012, or any OTHER time.

    As for the Suthrun Babdist preacher (sic) who doesn't believe in evolution ... the less said the better.

    October 28, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. hopefully, down with the GOP

    but that aside, Palin's surprise backing is not big surprise of a third party canidate in NY, she has no where to go, but yet she went as 'star power' to NY, bringing Giuliani won't help either for Virginia GOP, he is a hot air bag has been

    backing the GOP will go no where for her (Palin), she is a has been and has no brains to bring to the table

    she is doing what she can to get anything, it is called desparately hanging on to that 15 minutes of fame

    as for star power, why isn't she in Virginia? GOP will get their clocks cleaned

    October 28, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    Great – the religious radical is bringing out all the loosers from the right wing closet, and Deeds is bringing out the big winner. And that is pretty much how Virginia will go under each of the candidates.

    With McDonnell we get more Terri Shivo type social aggression from angry "good-old-boy" politicians, oil riggs of the beaches of Virginia so Big Oil makes more money, coal companies removing more mountain tops for corporate gain, basically sacrifice Virginian's quaility of life for corporate gain, sacrifice our civil liberties to wreckless fear mongering, sacrifice N Va tax money to the hill-billies along I-81 and NC border to prop up their of welfare programs, etc., etc. And PAt Robertson will have his boy in the governor's mansion feeding him more tax breaks.
    Ad to that his thugs in crime – Cuucinelli and Bolling, with the past and present majority in the statehouse and we go backward twenty years in four.

    October 28, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. socalgal

    Not sure I'd associate with a president who actually makes Bush look like a fabulous prez.

    October 28, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |

    Is Rudy Giuliani considered "star power?"

    October 28, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Johnny DC

    The game is over for Deeds. What a waste of a sitting President's time and (our) money.

    October 28, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Mike in MN

    Deeds does not have a chance. Republican McConnell is going to win by a large margin. Watch Obama trash Deeds after he looses. Obama will do and say anything to make it look like it is all Deeds fault and has nothing to do with his own policies and out of control agenda for the country. Obama won't take responsiblity for anything unless he thinks it makes him look good.

    October 28, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Tell Rudy an Mitt to head back north. I can't believe some of these people are actaully endorsing McDonnell. He's done nothing for the state except lock up more young minorities for non-violent offenses. By the way, READ THE THESIS.

    October 28, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Carole

    Are they going to any races they may be losing in the Republicans terrority? Doubt it. Why does Mitt think he is to be considered?

    I guess he sees a Pawlenty/Romney 2012 ticket which translates into the GOP = Stale, Pale and Male.

    GOP War Budget = $10,000,000,000 (Trillions)

    GOP Healthcare Budget = $0.00 (Die Quickly)

    October 28, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. T'SAH from Virginia

    Ewww, Googleiani!!! Yuck!!! I bet Obama's crowd would be bigger than GoogleyMITT combined!!! All it will do is exit their little base and add nothing to his number.

    President came here to EXCITE the democratic base and I believe (hopefully) he woke up a sleeping GIANT!!!

    October 28, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Hammerer

    Obama out on the canpaign trail while major issues are ignored. Jobless rate out the roof, soldiers dieing in record numbers in Afghanistan, home foreclousers at record highs, national debt at record highs and rising and the list goes on and what does Obama find most important, he is out raising campaign funds. Says a lot about what is top problems for him.

    October 28, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. mike

    rudy giuliani you still don't get it the right wing conservative nut jobs
    are not interested you. like sara palin the only difference is you
    don't wear a dress I guess you are just there as a cheer leader go rudy

    October 28, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |