October 5th, 2009
04:31 PM ET
11 years ago

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. Thomas

    Oh Noes!!!

    He called a young lady "young lady"? Clearly he is not acceptable for the office of Gov!!

    Imagine the nerve to call a young lady "young lady". Harrumph!

    Next thing we will hear is the Deeds calls elderly women "Maam"

    October 5, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. We Won Get Over It

    Hmmmm should he have called her a hag....tsk tsk tsk...typical republicans....they have nothing to go on to solve problems...what do they do...they slander and slur the opponent. PEOPLE NOTICE...DON'T THINK THEY DON'T..... And I think Virginia does not want a butt like McDonnell and his crowd in office. They had a president like that for eight years and just look what he and the republicans did to the country.

    October 5, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Georgia Peach

    Faux outrage. Its all about winning isn't GOP?

    October 5, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Frank

    Wow! How is Deeds able to live with himself??? How has this bastard gotten to roam free all these years after such a vile act???

    LOL – That young whipper-snapper had it coming if you ask me!

    October 5, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    The "family values" party seems to have nothing but hate, fear, negative remarks, spin, and LIES in their corner.

    Vote the GOP out. We don't need all the devisiveness in this country. There has been too much already.

    October 5, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. IndyVoter

    Is she NOT a young lady? This is stoo-pid!

    October 5, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. cnn=right wing media and works for sarah "death pannel" palin

    And we will still vote for Deeds

    October 5, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Farrell in Houston

    What a waste of time and money.

    October 5, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. susanj

    Republicans – always grabbing at straws. They are so pathetic. I almost feel sorry for them. NOT!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. disgusted

    Completely disgusting. The tone. The language. When he is confronted to actually define something, instead of dancing around the hidden truth, he becomes defensive and tries to discredit the person calling him out. If he wasn't crooked, he just would have answered the question, instead of trying to belittle the person asking. His tactics work on 8th graders...oh that's right, that's the intellectual level of who he is trying to get votes from. Nevermind.

    October 5, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. katiec

    The GOP has absolutely lost it.
    We need to vote everyone related to, supporting their actions out of office come next elections.
    "it is better to be thought a fool, than speak out and remove all doubts."
    The republicans have removed all doubts as to what big fools they are.

    October 5, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Rose

    McDonnell's great plans for transportation involve privatizing liquor stores and spending the tax money that the state-run stores now provide for EDUCATION on these roads. He is also touting off-shore drilling, which besides being an environmental nightmare, would take years to see any profit. I support Creigh Deeds more realistic approaches to solving these problems.

    October 5, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. not surprised

    This is no surprise. Call out pelosi, obama, reid, and they get an immature way about them, laugh nervously and try to redirect the direction of the question. They rely on gimmicks and photo op's to convey a pretend message.....how dare you ask them bold questions that didn't go through screening and filtering....they don't want the truth out there, they want to treat us like villagers and minions, patting us on our heads and forcing us to get excited that they would even talk to us. WAKE UP! YOU WORK FOR US...it will never work unless you realize that fact alone. Spinning will not work. You must constantly explain yourselves to us – your employer.

    October 5, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Bonnie

    Right on target Reformed republican! I am glad we saw the light. can these people get any lower. I am 62 and I would love someone to call me young lady!!! I have never seen any meaner people in the world than the republican party and there followers as the years go on

    October 5, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Joe

    What a weak weak attack. Wake me up when he does something bad.

    October 5, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Economist

    These people aren't exactly Webster and Clay. Really, can't we do better than all these bozos and wingnuts?

    October 5, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Erin

    McDonnell's strategy is "I'm a sexist but that guy is too?" Try again.

    October 5, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Nuwan Samaranayake

    Ok. I am lost. What is wrong calling a young femal journalists a young lady ? I hear that all the time. Are Republicans becoming pathetic bunch of nuts ?

    October 5, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Eric

    Umm. Not chick, broad, babe, woman etc. Just,"young lady". I'll admit that I have become a little bit more conservative since I moved away from California, but, that is just an embarrassing stretch.

    I stand by this: The republican party has no idea what they are doing anymore. All they know is they won't even try to help in a bipartisan decision, they will spin ANYTHING they can to try to trick people into getting their way and, really, if they don't get exactly what they want, they scream communist or socialist.

    We need a real centrist party in America.

    October 5, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. bluskys

    McDonnell using his blow horn
    "Young lady just remember under my watch I would not allow you young ladys jobs what I said long ago still stands no females of any age will be hired whether its for new roads or any other employment.

    October 5, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. hmmm

    Wow, if this were reversed, the dims would be screaming discrimination. This woman is NOT a young lady, she is a professional doing a job and he demonstrated complete ignorance by trying to reduce her to a junior high level. The sexism, arrogance, and a lame attempt to distract is so revealing. He only wanted to answer to the limit he wanted us to know...he didn't want to explain it completely because that would provide the truth of what he is trying to cover up. Lame. He should lose the election on this alone. Garbage behavior, just garbage.

    October 5, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Greg

    OMG!!! He called a young lady a "Young Lady". He's doomed. Now that's a stretch.

    October 5, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Lynne in CA

    Who needs Comedy Central when we have the Republican party

    October 5, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Leonard

    Don"t let jimbo bother you. He is a hatchet man for Barry & Hill. But in this case we should really pay attention to ole Jimmy, because with all his experience, I am sure he reconizes "Nuts" when he sees it.

    October 5, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Wynter

    What is insulting is that the GOP is considering this an insult!

    Send the Republicans a message in this upcoming mid-term election. The message of "no confidence" in their party, their platform, and their lack of progress in fixing our economy!

    Simply Said,

    October 5, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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