September 12th, 2009
04:58 PM ET
13 years ago

McDonnell drops F-bomb in live interview

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Republican Bob McDonnell dropped the F-bomb during a radio interview."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bob McDonnell, the normally-disciplined Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, mistakenly blurted out the F-bomb during a live radio interview on Friday.

Appearing on Washington-area radio station WTOP, McDonnell was sparring with host Mark Plotkin on the topic of transportation funding.

Plotkin asked if McDonnell would consider an increase in the state gasoline tax to help fund the transportation budget. McDonnell said no, and uttered the expletive during his response.

"So no tax will be raised during your four-year term?," Plotkin asked.

McDonnell answered: "I'm going to find other ways to be able to fund transportation. I've outlined twleve f-ing funding mechanisms that are creative, that are entrepreneurial."

The remark was first flagged by the Virginia Democratic blog NotLarrySabato.

McDonnell is running against Democrat Creigh Deeds in the governor's race, one of two marquee political battles in 2009 along with the New Jersey governor's race.

UPDATE: McDonnell communications director Tucker Martin said McDonnell's remark was nothing more than a verbal flub.

"At one point Bob was speaking quickly, and in trying to say 'funding mechanism,' he stumbled and accidentally said another word," Martin said. "It was unintentional, and anyone who spends any time around Bob knows he does not use such language. It was an accident. It is that simple."

Martin called it "disappointing" that the Deeds campaign is spending "so much time and energy aggressively pushing this absolutely trivial matter to every blog and media outlet they can think of."

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  1. Capsaicin

    F-ing for 'funding'–it's called a Freudian slip, and it happens to everyone. However, given that McDonnell is the Regent U graduate with the moral majority thesis, and pushes himself and family as the 'family values' candidate, I think it shows he may have a sleazy side beyond the polished exterior. Not unlike a lot of pharasaical Republicans–Vitter, Ensign, Sanford, R. Reed, J. Wilson and several others recently.

    September 12, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. If In Doubt, Shout!

    At least he didn't call someone a liar. GOP is really on a roll this week. What's next the "c" word? Disgraceful

    September 12, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. lovable liberal

    Everyone in Washington uses this word. Everyone in the press corps uses this word. Most Americans use this word.

    Can we just get over it?

    Of course, it is Republicans and conservatives who are shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, to hear should language!

    September 12, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Canaman

    LOL!! Oh..the spirit of "Christian family values". They teach F-bombs at evangelical Regent University after all.

    September 12, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Bev

    The country as a whole needs to clean up its everyday speech. Politicians are supposed to be role models of civility, dignity, and honor – supposed to be, that is. It really is about time they start acting that way.

    September 12, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. mike

    Where was CNN when Cruz Bustamante used the 'N' word not once, not twice but three times in a California speech a few years back?

    September 12, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Jeremiah the Prophet

    If we the people are so fed up with the way politicians (whether local, state, or federal) conduct themselves, then we need to do something about it. If we do nothing, then we have no right to complain and need only look in the nearest mirror for the problems we have with politicians because we keep sending simple minded idiots like this guy to office.

    September 12, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Russ in Benton

    Is using the letter F as a word any less offensive than the word that it represents? Everyone knows what it represents. Get real people!

    September 12, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    Republicans really tickle me. When they are in the minority they self destruct just like the Democrats do when they are in the Majority. They always dropping bombs of some kind and in politics to keep themselves in shape they drop "F" Bombs. They are cheaper than the real bombs. Way to go Republicans.

    September 12, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. maximus

    Praise to the Republicans

    The eyes of the fools are looking upward to the sky. They see clouds, the stars, the moon, the sun, and flying birds and airplanes. They see lightening, the forming storm, the direction of the wind, the rain coming, and snow falling. There’s nothing up there to, reform, to improve, to maintain or relocate. That is why they sit on their behinds from sunrise to sunset doing nothing, feeling cozy and lazy. That is why they think the world is ok as it is; no change is needed. That is why they are called conservative; to keep things convenient to them, and that is why they get mad at those who say changes are overdue.

    Praise to the Democrats

    The eyes of the wise ones are looking downward. They see broken roads, dirty streets, flooded zones, arid lands and splitting grounds that need maintenance. They see ill, hungry, angry, homeless, and uneducated people that need assistance. They see crisis, violence, crimes, frauds, exploitation, and oppression that need extinction. They see differences, discrepancies, unfairness, and mentalities that need medication. So they see many issues with the world that need reform, improvement, maintenance, and relocation. That is why they stand on their feet from sunrise to moonset working hard, feeling worry and responsible. That’s why they think the world is not ok as it is; changes are needed

    September 12, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. JonDie

    McDonnell answered: "I'm going to find other ways to be able to fund transportation. I've outlined 12 f—–g funding mechanisms that are creative, that are entrepreneurial."

    Nothing like a good, old boy, crude, hypercritical, uneducated "Christian" to spice up an election.

    September 12, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. victim of republican greed

    I beleive he was using the F word as an adjective.

    September 12, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Willy Brown

    Good man Bob you still have my vote!

    September 12, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Lloyd Johnson

    This is the straight, narrow lapels, conservative?
    The same guy that wants to take this country back to the 40's?
    Guess he has some exposure to the real world.
    Virginia is backward enough without another right wing, Jesus freak trying to force his view or morality down others' throats. Looks like the taliban has made it to Virginia.

    September 12, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Laughing independent

    This guy is totally qualified for elected office, he should seek advice from Dick Cheney, lol....

    September 12, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. trueblue

    I thought Virginia had gotten smart and they're still taking this guy seriously? It's not the f word, it's his backward thinking that's the real issue.

    September 12, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. john

    wow, one week he's preaching and the next week he's cussin.

    September 12, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. John

    Tea Party Express.


    $10 an Hour.
    Free Ride.
    Free Food.
    Free Hotel Room.

    Qualification: None at all. No qualifications required. Even if you have no Idea about health care.

    Experience: Yelling, Yapping and Shouting.

    Apply online at: GOP/ 😛

    September 12, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    Maybe he was reading from a script typed by someone else and they spelled FUNDING wrong....LOL

    September 12, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Steve from Florida

    Another holier than thou, Bible spouting, women's rights hating, Gay bashing GOPer shows his true colors!!!

    September 12, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Neal

    Desperate Creigh Deeds campaign will seize on anything because he has no ideas.
    So McDonnell swore, whatever. He'll make the requisite apologies and then you should move on, Dems. Everyone misspeaks, even Barack "Cops are Stupid" Obama.

    September 12, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. S M R

    The only plan any GOP Candidate has is to steal as much Taxpayers money as possible. Truth hurts GOP?

    September 12, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. Mike D. in San Diego

    I'm liberal through and through, but running around reporting that a Republican (or anyone else for that matter) used a dirty word is NOT NEWS. You guys have too much time on your hands with 24 hours to fill up?

    September 12, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Jane

    Nice language – You're setting a great example for your state.

    September 12, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. sarah

    Yeah such "christian" behavior...please all you stupid hypocritical repubs need to shut the f-up! Can't take that a black man is president! PATHETIC SORRY ASS LOSERS!!!

    September 12, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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