August 27th, 2009
10:38 AM ET
12 years ago

Democrats hope Bush-bashing works in Virginia race

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Deeds campaign is out with a new radio ad bashing Bush."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Trailing in the polls, Democrat Creigh Deeds is hoping a little Bush-bashing will help him gain ground against Republican Bob McDonnell in the Virginia governor's race.

Just hours after the Republican Governors Association released an ad criticizing the former state senator's record on government spending, the Deeds camp struck back Wednesday night with a new attack ad of their own.

The spot featured a man and a woman chatting about the economy. "How's your summer?" a woman asks. A man responds: "Ugh. Just trying to get by."

"George Bush, what a disaster for our economy," says the woman.

"What I can't figure is why this Bob McDonnell wants to do it just like Bush," the man says, pointing out that McDonnell recent remark that "the Bush economy was 'a revival.'"

At a debate in July, McDonnell said the Bush economic policies enacted after September 11, 2001 are "the reason that we've had this economic revival in America"

Listen: Deeds camp bashes Bush in new radio ad

"I call it a failure," the woman in the ad says. "Why let Bob McDonnell take us back to economic policies that hurt families like mine?"

According to a recent Washington Post poll, 63 percent of Virginia voters blame the Bush administration for the country's troubled economy.

The minute-long ad reveals a new strategy for the Deeds team - embracing the roll of "underdog." The Post poll showed Deeds trailing McDonnell by 15 points among likely Virginia voters.

When the man in the ad declares he's voting for Deeds, his female counterpart responds: "That underdog guy?"

The spot also makes an effort to liken Deeds to the popular former governor - and now senator - Mark Warner. But like the candidate's first TV ad, which debuted last week, the radio spot makes no mention of the current Democratic governor, Tim Kaine, whose approval ratings have tumbled along with the struggling economy.

McDonnell's campaign accused Deeds of going negative to shore up a flagging campaign.

"Today Bob McDonnell was endorsed by Virginia's small business owners, following his endorsements by Virginia's farmers, realtors and credit unions," McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said Wednesday. "Meanwhile Creigh was busy copying the Democrats' New Jersey playbook and launching attacks about former Presidents. The contrast between the two campaigns only grows sharper."

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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Longhorn who speaks the truth.

    If I was you people I'd keep my thoughts to myself after what you've elected so far to run this country.

    August 27, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. fellow from chicago

    How original, Bush bashing. Decades from now the moronic left will still be Bush bashing. Virginians, run the Dems out of your beautiful state now!

    August 27, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. NH Independent

    Ignorant democrate

    August 27, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Robert

    Apparently, Democrats think Virginians are a bunch of idiots.

    August 27, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Typical track out of the democratic playbook. They're still blaming Hoover for the world's woes.

    Not going to work.

    August 27, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Doug, New Jersey

    It was just horrible that Bush tanked our economy by setting up Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to take millions of mortgages from poor unresponsible people who baught house they never could nor intended to pay for with the understanding that any and all defaults would be bailed out by the Government.....oh wait, that was Dodd, Frank and others who said it would be racist to not let people these people steal, hmmmn what party are they from?

    Well, at least we know from the mainstream media that Bush guided a racist hurricane into New Orleans, he also cut the Democratic Governor and Mayor's phone lines, that's why they never called FEMA saying they have a major problem and that they need help. Also, I think it was right wing extremists in N.O who were firing at the helicopters trying to save people, they were also stealing flat screens too.

    August 27, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Lotta Muni

    What? Another chorus of 'Blame Bush'? It's been 9 months and it's about time the Obama administration live up to their own calls for accountability.

    August 27, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Scott, Tucson

    I do believe that Deeds would be better off bashing Obama instead of Bush since Obama has more than double this nation deficit and continues to do so. Heck the Dems can't even run the cash for Clunkers program which appears to have benefited more the foreign auto makers and not ours and they want to run your health care?

    August 27, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Jefe

    At first I was rolling my eyes at this. Continuing with Bush-Bashing past this last presidential election is a bit late.

    But then I saw that he referred to the Bush economy as a 'revival', and thought – "wow, if McDonnell can be a Governor, I could probably EASILY become Emperor of the Solar System"!

    August 27, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Torch

    The Dems, they just don't have the stones to "own" anything. It's still Bush's fault.

    I guess when healthcare dies, it's going to be Bush's fault?

    Right now people would happily trade John McCain for Obama, given that we now know Obama is a Communist.

    August 27, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. RealityKing

    Yeah sure.., keep blaming Bush, while spending away our grandchildren's futures.

    August 27, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Ren from Baltimore

    McDonnell started this petty nonsense. I don't blame Deeds one bit.

    August 27, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Carlos

    They are a total failure and the best they can do is to blame Bush, it's getting a little old.

    August 27, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. John

    Who would need reminding that GWB was a disaster?


    August 27, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Dennis

    I think Obama bashing will work. At least it's currently relevant.

    August 27, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Bluebonnet

    For Pete's sake – when are the stupid dumbocrats going to learn that they cannot keep blaming Bush for everything. Take a stand of your own and stick with it for a great big change! Dumbocrats are lazy by nature and cannot stick for what they believe in. Ted Kennedy could and did. I did not agree with most of his principles and ideas but I did respect him for the person he was.

    August 27, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Getoverit

    Stop with the Bush.....he's gone.....Politicians need to talk about actual plans and facts and get over the past. What are you actually going to do to change it? Give me a plan! I refuse to vote for anyone or anything that cannot explain what the plan is.

    August 27, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. tate

    not as much as nobama bashing he has the 3rd lowest approval rating at this point in his presidency in history! The guys is complete failure that could not get job at any big firm at anything in the country. What a joke you democants made. Thank you he makes bush look like Washington!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Deeds has no chance in VA.

    August 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Patrick

    Until this complete financial meltdown that wasn't Bush's fault, if it were any single President's fault it was Clinton, Bush had a great record of financial growth in this country. I'd take his economic policies over Obama's anytime.

    August 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. Geena Keller

    Foolish people, George Bush is not running now. Beat your heads against the stone wall if you wish and see what it does for you.

    August 27, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Dave

    Sadly, you don't have to "bash" President Bush. Just reveal the truth and that is enough. The man was not our best president and may well be among the worst.

    August 27, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Four and The Door

    This is not just pathetic politics, it is warmed over pathetic politics. VA voters should be offended.

    August 27, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Mississippi Mike

    Make that your main line of attack. People have moved on, now they are trying to figure out what in the world Obama thinks he is doing. We got Bush: strong military, support for private sector. We still can't grasp how Obama's plans for a weak military and a huge national debt are advantageous. Maybe Deeds should start talking about how he is going to make sure that Obama's disastrous policies don't ruin the once-great stage of Virginia.

    August 27, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. jrzshor

    does the democrate have nothing morte to offer other than "HEY, I HATE BUSH".

    are we that stupid?

    on second thought, never mind.

    August 27, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Dave

    Good luck with that Dems! The last thing on my mind and i'm sure most americans is Bush. The Dems are in full panic mode and 2010 is going to be a bad, bad year for them. I'm focused on getting some Republicans elected so they can't keep ramming through their far left mandates.

    August 27, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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