January 26th, 2009
05:42 PM ET
6 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. D

    please!! I don't even think Obama is even thinking about you. He has too many real issues to deal with. Don't think more highly of yourself than you should.

    January 26, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    It won't matter how he targets younger voters if he still has the same tired, failed "solutions" that the GOP seems to offer year after year.

    Obama simply understands today's technology and used it, unlike many others – but it isn't the technology that got Obama elected - it is the millions of supporters who listened to him, thought about what he was saying and believed he was being honest and sincere.

    The technology just made it easier to get information. And don't think that didn't work against him as well - all one has to do is google Obama to find untold number of sites who still spew forth completely ridiculous conspiracy theories about his birth, his reasons, etc, etc.

    Obama won because WE, the people wanted a sane, sincere, intelligent and dedicated President to fix the complete mess that Republicans managed to create over the past 20 yrs or so.

    January 26, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Obama 08

    Too late GOP. Obama and the Democrats took advantage of that opportunity way before the Republicans have.

    January 26, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Virginian

    Hi-tech from McDonnell??
    Ask him if he agrees with the proven science of EVOLUTION and see how hi-tech he is.

    January 26, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Jon Davis

    How do this "zero" opf a person overcome the fact that the Republican platform is to lead the country back to the Stone Age?

    January 26, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Gary

    Now remember Bob, you have to move the joystick so the little yellow monster eats up all the dots.

    January 26, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Frank, Las Vegas

    I think that McDonnell should keep blogging on RedState and advertise in The Weekly Standard. That's a great way to get the word out. He'll reach all 20% of the extreme right of the GOP. Please keep all of your blogs and ads there.

    January 26, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. Fred C Dobbs

    Translation – they will purchase loafers making it easier to get to their toes for counting purposes.

    January 26, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. Denver Dem

    Yup all he has to do is start preaching about how the minorities are going to interbreed w/ all the white folk and ruin this country. When in doubt preach hate and ignorance to bring people back to your side. God I hate the GOP and their Nazistic ways.

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Turnabout is Fair Play

    You Rethugnican idiots still don't get it! It's not the technology that won the election for Obama, it was us VOTERS who liked what we saw in Obama, the technology was just an added bonus. Sad, the right doesn't know what to do so they're copying everything from Obama they can. Rush Limpballs is just as desperate for attention..truly pathetic Republicants..

    January 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Humored In Texas

    Bob McDonnell, the problem that will vex the GOP for several years = George W. Bush!!!

    Overcome that, because if I'm running against you, I'd ram it down your throat at every opportunity!!!

    January 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. donald

    This is funny! So the republicans want to be solution oriented high tech wizards. Thank you for giving another kudo to Barak Obama, remember, that Muslim guy paling around with terrorists who was so Hollywood.

    One problem in your thesis Bob McConnell, you and your party are bankrupt on ideas. All you offer is tax cut, tax cut ad nasueaum.

    People have moved beyond that and are looking for "problem solvers" not a party looking to just get back in power at any cost.

    You high tech wizardry won't do a thing because you have no credible ideas about anything, you folks just don't have a clue!!

    January 26, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. Angie in Pa

    lol this story is too funny the Republicans think by Just using the Internet their party will come back hahah lolol too funny!! How about getting the party out of the far right lane and thinking Anew theres one for starters!

    January 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. budburgoonclark

    The only irreparable mistake Virginia Rethuglicriminals are making is a very basic one: remaining Rethuglicriminals.

    January 26, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Once you vote Black

    If that is the best they got we will be running VA for another cycle.

    January 26, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. BB

    Won't do him any good – the entire country is watching the repukes fight to regain their power for PNAC, and will NOT allow them in office.

    January 26, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. EBC

    Oh NOW the GOP wants to go high-tech? Where have these geezers been? Still playing catch-up.

    January 26, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. sandee in Portland

    Even though I'm a democrat and voted for Obama, I would hate to see McAuliffe win in Virgina. Hopefully, most Virginians paid attentention to how Clinton's campaign was run and can see that if McAuliffe is unable to run a campaign decently, he can't run a state either.

    January 26, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. FreeNLovIt

    For screaming at the Clintons in the 90's , YA elephants need to just chip on stones with the chimpanzees. Why even use the internet or high tech equipments? You dont even believe in the future. All day long, you bathe in the past with your oil tanks.

    January 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. alvino

    It will good to get out the republican message of hate and division to more people on the internet.

    January 26, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Texas Teacher

    The youth of America voted for Change, not more of the same! And that is what the republicans have to offer... just more of the same Bush failed political stances. Let the rich get richer... and forget the rest of us! Face it... no matter what they say, this is what they mean!

    January 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    It doesn't matter how techy the Republicans get if they keep up the same self-righteous, bible-thumping, bigoted, drivel they've been pushing for a decade.

    January 26, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  23. frank Honolulu HI

    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.

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    The GOP has finally gotten into the 21st century from the stone age,Long overdue

    January 26, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. Marianne Geyer

    You are a racist and immoral Rush Limbaugh. Get off the air and out of the Public Eye. You're the reason we have hatred and war in this world. You lack courage, integrity and humility. The opposite of what our Lord stands for.

    January 26, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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