October 5th, 2009
04:31 PM ET
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New GOP ad hits Deeds on remark to female reporter

New GOP ad hits Deeds on remark to female reporter.

New GOP ad hits Deeds on remark to female reporter.

(CNN) - After weeks of Democratic attacks on Republican Bob McDonnell's 20-year-old comments on women in the workplace, the GOP is going on the offensive in the Virginia governor's race, hitting Creigh Deeds over a public comment to a female reporter.

The Republican Governor's Association is launching a 30-second TV spot that points to the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's post-debate press conference last month, where he referred to a female reporter as "young lady."

"Did you catch that?" the ad asks, after showing the back-and-forth exchange. "It gets worse."

The commercial, which will air heavily across the state this week, comes after a major Democratic push to focus the race on views in McDonnell's thesis two decades ago. The Republican's recently-reported comments on working women and other social issues have become a lightning rod issue in the campaign, and are credited with helping Deeds close the gap with his GOP opponent over the closing months of the race.

McDonnell is also out with a positive ad promoting his plans to improve the state's transit system.

"Better roads mean better jobs," McDonnell says in the 30-second spot, set to run in Northern Virginia.

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soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. some guy in New Hampshire

    Did I not get the last memo from the Committee on Poltical Correctness? When did "young lady" become a slur?

    October 5, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. MC

    this is ridiculous, if this is the best they can do, then clearly they don't have much on him...

    October 5, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. sally

    Since when did "young lady" become a derogative comment?

    October 5, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter, the real enemy of humanity

    Maybe it would be an actual issue if he had said, "young lady, you should be at home, barefoot and pregnant." Have a nice day!

    October 5, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Mickey, NY

    Move along...nothing to see here...

    October 5, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Larry

    What was he supposed to call her? This is ridiculous. As if the GOP hasn't been shamed enough...

    October 5, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. wait a minute

    What's wrong with called a young lady?

    October 5, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Steph

    I prefer to be called "young lady". It is so much better than ma'am.

    October 5, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. yuri

    The party of " no ", criticizes somebody calling a female reporter as
    " young lady "". Wow! What a derogatory remark! It seems painfully pathetic that the repugnant repubs are resortin' to hopeless methods of attack, not unlike RL, AC, LI, GB, and NG of the conservative cuckoos.

    October 5, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Reformed Republican

    I'm shocked I tell you – Shocked & Disgusted!

    Calling a female a "young lady" is as bad as calling a male a "young man". And lets not forget "Ma'm" and "Sir" either!

    Now, calling the POTUS a liar in joint session of congress or calling him a racist is just fine – if you're from south of the Mason-Dixon line that is.

    These GOP yokels never fail to show their stupidity – Morons all...

    October 5, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. D. Tree

    The Republican wants to keep women in the dark ages, and we are supposed to believe he is upset about a female reporter being called "young lady?"

    There is no equivalence between the two.

    October 5, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    Randolf hit it right on the nose. The GOP idea of women is barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. They are really reaching in this one.

    October 5, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Randolph Carter, the real enemy of humanity

    "McDonnell is also out with a positive ad promoting his plans to improve the state's transit system."

    I wonder how much of the funding for this will come from the evil, socialist stimulus money? Have a nice day!

    October 5, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. deborah/kansas city

    It is just because the GOP has no solutions to anything; so the only thing they have going is to try and convince people that black is white and wrong is right and perfectly correct addresses are insulting. The
    GOP has been famous through out history; for misleading people, misrepresenting facts, and using hate and fear to manipulate Americans and they are good at it.

    October 5, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How is calling a woman "young lady" an insult? Are these people saying that young is bad? Are the commenting that she should have been call something more questionable like a female dog? What else was he to say?

    October 5, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Oh! Goodie, lets keep going back to the civil war getting things people have said. WOW! now thats progress. These parties are all acting like little kids on a playground. Lets get with the current program of Congress, senate, legislature, supreme court and do the first thing for the jobs that they have been hired for!!!! To PROTECT AND SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND LEGAL.

    October 5, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Carmen, Miami FL

    I've been called sweetheart, sweetie, honey, etc. by higher-ups in the workplace, and it's usually nothing, but I find it kind of annoying. Even as a Democrat, I have to say Deeds use of "young lady" might be considered a little demeaning, but I think if it had been a man he might have used "young man" in the same manner. This is by no means as bad as McDonnell's thesis paper or voting record when it comes to women's rights and respect for working women.

    By using this stupid tactic, I hope people look even more into McDonnel's own record, instead of focusing on this one tiny, stupid incident with Deeds. It seems like McDonnel's reaching for something here, kind of pathetic.

    October 5, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What's the problem? If he had called her what he was possibly thinking then they could take issue with that. He remained respectful, and called her a "young lady". ?!

    October 5, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Shannon

    Agreed that this is a non-issue. The GOP needs to focus on the fact that Creigh Deeds has absolutley no plan for VA (as a VA resident, that really matters to me), has been all over the board regarding tax increases, and has devoted 100% of his ads towards attacking a 20-year old master's thesis by McDonnell, without ever specifiying what his plans for our commonwealth would be. He's desparate, and the GOP needs to exploit that. This "young lady" commnet is a stupid angle in which to attack Deeds.

    October 5, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Chris - MN

    It's pretty weak, although it does beg the question whether he responds similarly to male reporters.

    October 5, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. carl newton

    Republicans I am a democrat but more than that I am a christian american and lover of this great country. I see "politics-running-a-muck" and "common sense" thrown out the window. Please let our great nation be just that "a great nation" our future generation behind us is watching every move and everything that we say,them and their children also lets stop the "He-say,She-say" stuff and all of the finger pointing and get back on track and start loving each other and working together for the good of us all and not for just them republicans or just for the democrats.

    October 5, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Gina

    I'm no fan of Deeds, but...I have to agree that this is a stretch as an 'insult.'

    What's actually offensive to me is that both sides seem to be spending all their money/time on manipulating or scaring women.

    October 5, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Kris D., Toronto

    People call me young man all the time and I don't find it offensive. What's the problem here?

    October 5, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. MildlyMisanthropic

    McDonald is utterly desperate, forced to send out people to ambush his opponent.

    October 5, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Dale

    I called youngsters here at work "young man" and "young lady" daily, what's the issue? As a 62-year old, it would be nice to be called "young man" but I know better. No one has complained yet.

    October 5, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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