January 26th, 2009
05:42 PM ET
9 years ago

Virginia Republican promises to get high-tech

WASHINGTON (CNN) The GOP - looking for a glimmer of hope in the wake of November’s drubbing - has trained their eyes on Virginia, where Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell is pitching himself as a solutions-oriented leader who can reverse the commonwealth’s leftward drift.

And McDonnell, running in a state The Weekly Standard has dubbed “Ground Zero for the GOP,” is working overtime to avoid mistakes that have vexed Republicans in recent election cycles.

The commonwealth’s current attorney general is promising that unlike other recent Republican campaigns, his will aggressively target younger voters using new technology. On Monday, the same day Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe used text messaging to announce his first TV spot, McDonnell posted a promise on the popular conservative blog RedState that Republicans, not Democrats, will be the tech-wizards of the 2009 governor’s race.

“If I know one thing, I know that people are interacting with media in a way that we have never before seen,” McDonnell wrote. “I recognize this and I believe that people will see us as the techno-savvy campaign this year. We understand younger voting demographics, we understand new media technologies, and we understand the remarkable power of successfully reaching voters with our common sense, conservative message.”

McDonnell’s tech-pitch is timely, and not just because Barack Obama successfully harnessed the Internet to out-organize and out-raise John McCain in 2008.

The technology deficit is a hot topic in the race to head up the Republican National Committee, a campaign that's seen each of the six candidates scramble to prove that they’ll retrofit the party with the social media and fundraising tools necessary to keep pace with the Democrats. That election takes place Friday.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Virginia
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. JB

    Technology or not, if your ideology is flawed and doesn't speak to the majority of the electorate, it just won't matter.

    January 26, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Ben in Dallas

    It's not the technology stupid. It's the message and the connection with the dreams and aspirations of the american people.

    January 26, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. ray

    dont get high-tech red necks, get some poison and share it around to all you morons , racists on the right let the world be a better place.

    January 26, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Franky

    You know, I have ideas for the GOP and I think I've talked before that I'll probably talk about them later, but I don't care about them. This is a party that barely figured out the internet. I wonder what they have in their "screen names." I bet you they have names like "Big Red." Hey, you gotta walk sooner or later, huh? I'm probably too mean too them, LOL!!

    January 26, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. BLUE Ridge Mountains

    VA iS BLUE. The end.

    January 26, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. Bob

    Ben in Dallas January 26th, 2009 8:46 pm ET
    It's not the technology stupid. It's the message and the connection with the dreams and aspirations of the american people.
    And "the dreams and aspirations of the american people" is a $600 stimulus check - to buy KYC for a year! And then what?

    January 26, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. Texas Teacher

    The Republicans actually think they are running something... other than their mouths... I got news! Seriously... you are NOT!

    January 26, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. Rob

    As high tech as "You Tube" ?
    Careful Bob, you might raise Nancy's dander.

    January 26, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Bob

    frank Honolulu HI January 26th, 2009 8:18 pm ET
    Johnny come lately is going to catch on to high tech….my.. my how original. Republicans like to copy things. They aren't very creative on their own.
    High-tech is merely a diversion. What REALLY matters is personal responsibility - which is something NO Liberal wants to take!

    January 26, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  10. Lawrence

    I see Obama's message of being a unifer have fallen on deaf ears if this blog is any indication.

    January 27, 2009 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
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