June 15th, 2009
05:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama solicits help for Creigh Deeds in Virginia

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/10/deeds.phamby.0610.cnn.jpg caption="Deeds is expected to get plenty of national help for his gubernatorial bid in Virginia."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Thousands of Virginia Democrats got an email from President Barack Obama on Monday afternoon asking them to get involved in Creigh Deeds' campaign for governor - an appeal sure to help the cash-strapped Democrat raise money after his victory last week in an expensive three-way primary.

In the e-mail, Obama writes that Deeds will "bring the same bipartisan, pragmatic approach to politics that former Governor and now Senator Mark Warner and my friend Governor Tim Kaine used to help Virginia move forward over the past eight years."

The Democratic nominee has a tough fight ahead of him against Republican Bob McDonnell, who did not face a primary and entered the month of June with nearly $5 million in the bank.

Deeds, meanwhile, has been furiously soliciting donations in the wake of his come-from-behind primary win over Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran last Tuesday. At the end of May, Deeds had just over half a million dollars in his war chest and he spent heavily in the final days of the primary on television and Web ads targeted at northern Virginia voters.

Less than 24 hours after his win, Deeds sent out an e-mail to supporters pleading bluntly for donations: "We need to catch up," the e-mail said.

According to Organizing for America - the former Obama campaign organization now housed at Democratic party headquarters in Washington - Obama's message was sent to "hundreds of thousands" of Virginians on the e-mail lists of OFA and the Democratic National Committee.

Obama said he looks forward to "working with Creigh to keep the Commonwealth strong" and help the economy recover.

DNC chairman Tim Kaine said last week that Obama and Vice President Biden will both campaign for Deeds in Virginia this year.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    Obama doing what he does best....asking for and spending other peoples money.

    Meanwhile, back in N. Korea....Iran....unemployment.....etc.

    June 15, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. ib

    If Deeds is like Warner and Kaine he will bring another record tax increase to Va. which is the last thing we need. If Obama wants to see Deeds elected that's enough reason for me to vote against him.

    June 15, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Pat, CA

    . . . and then rally ACORN to "throw in" a couple hundred thousand votes!

    June 15, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. jj

    I am sending a check to DEEDs. I also 'ope he wins!

    June 15, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Peter

    If we have people who can help Obama instead of stone walling him because he beat McCain, Obama could fix anything...

    June 15, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Jackie

    I can tell from these e-mail that you are against Obama, and that is
    your choice if you do not want to vote for Creeds don't. How is Obama
    spending your money did you earn or did he go in your bank account.
    I am tired of hearing the same thing every day, he has not taking any
    money from me because I do not have any. I was laid off and all I
    would like is job and some health insurance, I do not care about
    republicans or democrats arguing about healthcare because they already have great coverage.

    June 15, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |

    Go Deeds!!

    June 15, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. not me


    Good Deeds?

    Bad Deeds??

    June 15, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |