September 11th, 2009
04:21 PM ET
11 years ago

McDonnell accused of flip-flopping as he runs for governor

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bob McDonnell, flip-flopper?

That's the latest charge to emerge from the Creigh Deeds campaign, which has been flogging the Republican gubernatorial candidate for nearly two weeks over his past positions on working women and homosexuality.

At issue Friday were McDonnell's remarks in an interview with Washington-area radio station WTOP, in which he explained why he voted against a 2001 resolution honoring equal pay for women when he was in the Virginia House of Delegates. Deeds, now the Democratic candidate for governor, supported the resolution.

"It was a ceremonial resolution," McDonnell explained to interviewer Mark Plotkin. McDonnell then stressed that he would support equal pay if elected governor of Virginia.

If that's the case, Deeds campaign aides wondered in a conference call with reporters Friday, why didn't he just vote for the equal pay resolution in the first place?

"It's another example of Bob McDonnell trying to re-write his record," said Deeds campaign senior adviser Mo Elleithee. "He keeps changing his positions, and when he keeps changing his words, I'm not sure how anyone could trust him."

Deeds, too, has been accused of flip-flopping. Former Democratic governor Doug Wilder told the Washington Post during the party's nomination fight earlier this year that he was disappointed Deeds has downplayed past stances on same-sex marriage and gun rights.

"What Creigh is saying now is, 'I've changed my philosophy,'" Wilder said at the time. "Suppose we had elected you before? Would you have changed?"

Although Deeds has said the governor's race should be about education and job creation rather than polarizing social issues, his campaign has made McDonnell's record on social issues a focal point of the campaign - most recently by launching a statewide TV ad criticizing McDonnell's record on abortion and contraception.

Elleithee said the Deeds campaign would continue to highlight McDonnell's conservative resume. "We are going to continue to talk about that record as well as focusing on Creigh's positive record," he said.

McDonnell communication director Tucker Martin was quick with a response.

"When will they have a conference call to roll out a transportation plan?" he asked.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Deuce

    You run on investments. If enough want him to run, then he will. It is not the about the man, it's about what the majority want..

    September 11, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. The Voice

    Just another Republican surpressing American society. Say the truth coward! The reason you voted against it, it's becasue you, your ideals, and your party truly believe white "males" are superior to everyone else.


    September 11, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Priscilla

    Republicans are batting zero on every hand. He should just go home!

    September 11, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Perusing-through

    Bob McDonnell is another Mitt Romney; he changes his cloak depending on the political atmospheric.

    September 11, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. victim of republican greed

    McDonnell will abandon his neanderthal positions until he gets elected, and then he will return to being a wingnut. McDonnell's actions speak volumes of his hidden agenda.

    September 11, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Deuce

    Barack Obama has done nothing in Afghanistan...... Nothing!!! All he has done is what he was told by the Pentagon. They make your country safe. Cut all this Crap about, Obama did this, Obama did that...

    September 11, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Deuce

    Your not entitled to "Your Own Facts"???? Then you have no Brain....

    September 11, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Perusing-through

    At a very ripe adult age of 34, Bob McDonnell wrote an extensive university thesis explaining how he would STOP MOTHERS FROM WORKING once he gets into political power.

    Now honestly, do you expect intelligent thinking people to believe Bob McDonnell has changed his views? No, I don't think so.

    September 11, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Suzan

    Did you take a good look at the Republican side of the chamber the other night during Obama's Heath Care Speech? All White Old men with Dark Age mentallity's not willing to even stand up when Obama spoke of the need for so many americans in need of Health Care.......they are bigots, racists, Hate Mongers, willing to do or say anything to railroad this President because he is black........people like Wilson set the Fires for their followers to act out in the same way......there is no place in our Government for people like you republicans and I hope you all get voted out of office because of your unwillingness to work with this administration......I for sure will vote again for President Obama......

    September 11, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. D. Tree

    Just another Fringe Republicans trying to pass as a moderate.

    There's only a small handful of Republicans you can call moderate and McDonnel is not one of them.

    September 11, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. coolchange


    In other words, McDonnell is saying he will say anything you want him to say if you just elect him to be governor.

    September 11, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Too late, McDonnell –

    Women lost about 1/4 of their salary over their lifetimes because of people like you.

    Republicans – how much more would those women have paid in taxes? How much more could they have contributed to their childrens' educations?

    McDonnell has no place in government. He thinks women are somewhere down around the bottom rung of the ladder.


    September 11, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. shoegazer

    "McDonnell then stressed that he would support equal pay if elected governor of Virginia"....mmm,the"if elected"should tell you something.

    September 11, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. victim of republican greed

    I remember Sean Hannity (When I used to watch Fox entertainment) use Hillary Clinton's 38 year old master's thesis against her run for the democratic nomination, but now he says you cannot use McDonnell's 20 year old ideals against him.

    September 11, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. victim of republican greed

    Deeds' actions speak louder than McDonnell's deeds.

    September 11, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Felly

    McDonnell is an extremist Republican and not fit to be a Governor, period.

    September 11, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Carlton Colquitt

    The South is a pocket of pus on the body politic.

    September 11, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Centrist

    McDonnell has made it clear that he represents an antiquated ideology of the far right and loses credibility trying to be something else.

    Deeds is far more moderate and a better choice for governor.

    September 11, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. ib

    Deeds adds are pathetic; someone who do anything say anything to be elected. If he gets elected it will be without 2 votes in this house and we do vote. Enough of Kaine policy and tax hikes and yet the state is still broke. Where has all the money from the tax hikes gone under Warner and Kaine? And now Deeds says he wants to be like Kaine. Pity this state if he is elected.

    September 11, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Soylent Green is People

    So CNN is hopping on the smear Bob McDonnell train that is being led by that bastion of liberalism, The Washington Post.

    Good luck with that . . . McDonnell has well researched and delineated plans for business growth in Virginia. He doesn't have ACORN working for him. That's good enough for me.

    September 11, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Hall for Obama

    What do you want President Obama to do in Afghanistan? The pentagon and the men in charge are the ones who are suppose to make decision for the President. He did put people in place to carry out his wishes, right? That right I forgot Obama is half black, so he must be better than the rest.

    September 11, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    yet another right-winger loony filled with hate

    September 11, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. Deuce

    Why is it the stupid woman at this moment on CNN is talking all this crap. When Obama did nothing but Slander George Bush Jnr when he was running around the country... SHUT UP WOMAN YOUR STUPID>>>>

    September 11, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. wackymaggie

    Yep another rethug, lying to his constituency (and anyone else who might be listening). Repiglicans will do and say ANYTHING to stay in power. Hypocricy is their mantra and this speaks volumes about their pathetic party. Its funny how family values goes into the toilet when their under educated constituents are scared by their nonsense.

    September 11, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Deuce

    "You hear the same old thing every few days: Today."

    "Well what can I do?"

    "Thats why I do, what I do". I make you listen to me. Like it or not!!!!

    September 11, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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