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. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    I can't believe it. A nut shoots an abortion providing doctor and the mainstream media goes bezerk with coverage. Yesterday a peaceful pro-life activist was gunned down by a pro-abort BUT I find little coverage anywhere. No wonder so many people have become convinced that the mainstream media is nothing but a corrupt arm of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. And they have no shame about their manipulation of the news. Maybe that is why on some polls media personnel are trusted less than the worst street-gangsters.

    September 12, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Maria - Proud Democrat

    Sounds like he's been hanging around Rahm Emmanuel

    September 12, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Keith in Austin

    Oh how pious you liberal hypocrites are!

    September 12, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. sharkdb

    Non-issue. Idiot partisans on either side like to spin this kind of slip to say some stupid generalization. All this means is that the topic at hand was important and frustrating to him.

    September 12, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. june

    What is wrong with these Republicans mouth? My goodness would they talk to they kids like that, but it's ok to talk to the public. Vote no! for Bob McDonnell.

    September 12, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Jonmann

    Either he uses this word a lot or he spends a lot of time thinking about it, otherwise it would not be a part of his vocabulary.

    September 12, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    McDonnell's holier than thou family values hyprocrisy is more objectionable than his use of the F word.

    September 12, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. George Arlington, TX.

    This person would be a outstanding speaker to address our children. I wonder how many republicans would keep their children home that day. Just thinking out loud.

    September 12, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. gefflong

    It's plain as day to see that Republicans are not interested in what is right or wrong and they certainly aren't interested in actually thinking before they speak or forming an opinion AFTER they learn useful facts.

    Republicans will do or say anything to get votes. Period.

    Republican are more concerned with power, money, and keeping things the same. When they don't have any one of those things, they act like spoiled brat children that were told they can't have ice cream before dinner because it will ruin their supper. They simply aren't interested in making things better for the masses.

    Democrats seem to like the idea of making things better, but they lack the spine or willpower to actually do things that may not be popular... yet need to be done. Republicans and Bush 2 didn't seem to have a problem with that. As wrong as Republicans have been in the past, I give them credit for pushing their ideas through and not whimping out.

    Right now Republicans are doing anything and I mean ANYTHING to get attention. All these stories aren't much different from how a 3 year old kid would act when they realize that little brother that was just born isn't going anywhere and their days of being the center of attention are over. They throw the biggest fits and are not interested in anything except getting attention for themselves. Sounds really familiar to all the Republican outbursts, doesn't it!?!

    I'm afraid that We, as a country of caring and educated citizens has become nothing more than two opposing factions that refuse to actually listen and think about things without injecting preconceived notions into it.

    It's a sad time in America to realize what we have become.

    Is there a way out of this mess we have created by making everything polarized? The "if they aren't with us they are against us" mindset has got to stop. It does nothing but create more and more division.

    Lets actually work together and stop worrying about power, money and keeping it all for ourselves when we have it. It's time to do the right thing.

    September 12, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Denna

    Oh my. This just gets better and better. First Joe Wilson insults the president on live television, then this bozo uses the f-word in a live interview. Hahahahaa. You have got to love these family values candidates. Hahaha.

    September 12, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Not kneejerking CNN

    I listened to Plotkin's WTOP show on Friday, and I did not hear McDonnell drop the f-bomb. This Notlarrysabato blogger clearly inserted the voiceover.

    Please correct me if I am wrong, especially since if he really did say something this profane, the Post, Examiner, USA Today, Richmond Times-Dispatch, etc., etc. would have picked up on the story right away–especially since WTOP collaborates with the Post.

    Hame on CNN, again.

    September 12, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. hjs3

    Lord give them all help.....cause they sure do need it...

    September 12, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Grammar Police

    ""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."

    Did he really say "TWLEVE"? I am not even sure how to pronounce that.

    September 12, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. U.S. Common Sense

    If this gets any play in Virginia, I will be surprised. After all:

    a) It is the weekend
    b) Major protest occurring in DC
    c) Obama on the campaign stump again
    d) NFL kick-off weekend
    e) etc...

    People just aren't tuned into this kind of stuff on the weekend, and if they did, it would rise to the level of the protests and Obama. If this had happened during the week, that would be a different story.

    September 12, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Mike

    Mcdonnell needs to be placed on a Waterboard and Tea Bagged by Kimbo Slice.

    September 12, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. Georgia

    Just another Republican just hiding behind religion!

    September 12, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. CoolGayDad

    These people have NO CLASS. All they are missing at this point are their white robes and pointy little white hoods.

    September 12, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. Allen Travis

    Why is anyone surprised? They think "Civility" is a Honda!

    September 12, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. I Can See Argentina from my Front Porch

    So this is the guy that is against working women and gays, but he dares to utter this kind of trash talk??
    And how long will it take this foul-mouthed person to blame the "liberal media" for his nonsense??

    September 12, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. DonnaLee

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    what's the matter CNN? Don't you much care for lefties? Lots of postings that are straight to the point but not aired. What are you afraid of?

    September 12, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. Russ H

    Bye Bye. You don't use that word.

    September 12, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. Tammy

    The microphone is always on. All the pots calling all the kettles black - or is it white nowadays? or half of each?

    September 12, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. mikemarshall

    Republicans don't mind these words when they come out of their own mouths. You just have to know that since they are pathological hypocrites they will immediately harp down on any Democrat who does the same or lesser. They are a bunch of a–holes. Van Jones was right.

    September 12, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Amanda

    Another Republican class act! They've lost it! Republicans used to be refined and intellingent, now they are just boorish and stupid. I just downloaded and printed out forms to join the Independent Party after being a registered Republican all of my life. I am ashamed to be affiliated with the GOP, I really am. They are getting to be extremely bitter, crude, impolite, ignorant and hateful.

    September 12, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. Bush Victim

    And I thought that Democrats were the ones with no values?

    September 12, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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