October 5th, 2009
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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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  1. Larry

    To take a term like "young lady" and say that it is demeaning to refer to a female reporter that way could only be promoted by people who are so out of touch with reality and common decency that they must be right wing nuts.

    October 5, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Carrie

    I am really confused ....when did refering to someone as "young lady" become and insult! In the south this is not a slur , we say sir and ma'm and young man and young lady to people we do not know by name .
    And sometimes honey and sweetie with no intention of offending....it is a cultural thing.

    So what is the problem?

    October 5, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. FOX News fans are hungry for lies

    I remember when the Republicans used to mock the Democrats for being "politically correct." And now they're taking great offense at someone being called a "young lady"?

    What hypocrites.

    October 5, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Tom

    Typical GOP. Take a sound bite out of context, blow it up to be something terrible, and try to use it as a distraction from the fact that the GOP actually is against women's interests. And McConnell is about as bad as they come in terms of gender issues.

    October 5, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Brook Mantia

    That's it? Sorry GOP, that's pretty weak.

    Get the log out of your own eye before you go after the speck in your opponents eye...

    October 5, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Mamixztwo

    LOL. I'm trying to find where the offense occurred here. To the GOP...calling a woman "young lady" is NOT offensive and many would even take it as a compliment !!!!!! I'm a woman and I actually find it to be a term of endearment. If he called her something like "honey" or "sweetheart" or "b!tch" or something...that would be a little bit different.

    This is a waste of your money, Republican party!

    October 5, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Expat American

    So the GOP is using Young Lady Gate to distract away from McDonnell's ‘family values’ thesis that he wrote at the tender young impressionable age of....34? This will go down in the annals of history as one of the best political counter-offensive coups since..since....well, there hasn't been one of more greater importance.

    October 5, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Babaganusch

    What a condescending way to scold a female reporter. It just shows the Dumbocratic party for what they truly are.... misogynists. Just look at what they did to Hillary Clinton last election.

    October 5, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Mohamed Z. Rahaman

    I don't get it. What's wrong with calling a young lady a "young lady"?
    is not calling a woman a "lady" a sign of respect?

    Maybe the Republicans would have been comfortable if he had called her a "macaca" or something like that.

    October 5, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Steady

    Since I haven't heard the comment said aloud, I will have to wait until then to see if the way it was said and/or the tone of it was belitttling. I am assuming all of the commentators so far have heard it and most of them do not think it was. If it was a slap in the face, then he is stupid, if it was a slap on the wrist, then the Republican party is stupid.
    But I would think that what all Virginians are waiting for is a clearer understanding of just what it is that each of these gentlemen brings to the table. We seem to be in very short supply of actual deliverables, both on the trail and in most of these comment strings.
    We won't hear it as long as we continue to accept sound bites as giving us the facts that will impact us all. Start asking hard questions until you get some real answers. And if you are going to comment on these boards, try to be mature. Thank you.

    October 5, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. mn voter

    Are you kidding me? I used to be called young lady. Getting called Ma'am is jarring. If you ever go to Pot Belly's for a sandwich they call you 'Miss'. That seems a bit wierd. But the sandwich is good.

    October 5, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Mohamed Z. Rahaman

    The Republican party's idea of good use of language is to make fun of people who stammers and to call dark skinned people Macaca and to call the President a liar (Loudly) during a Presidential address to both houses.

    October 5, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. victim of republican greed

    So McDonnell can blame women for destroying society, but it is an outrage to call a woman, "young lady?"

    He is a Bush lackey not worthy of holding the office of governor in VA.

    October 5, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Mamixztwo

    Also...a thesis written 20 years ago is not that long ago if you think about it...that was in 1989...., and McConnell's thoughts on women is just inexcusable. I certainly wouldn't want a person who thought of me as a second class citizen running my state.

    McConnell lost this issue hands down.

    October 5, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |

    At least he was being polite!

    She IS a Lady right?

    Maybe NOT YOUNG, but she IS a LADY!!

    October 5, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Tim

    Is "young lady" considered non-PC now? Anyone who is that PC isn't going to be voting for a Republican anyway, let alone a sexist one. What a strange thing to attack.

    October 5, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. jay

    I guess if the comment is made by a Republican it is sexist, agist, and all the other "ists" and "isms" you can think of. Stupid ad, yes. Irrelevant, maybe. But it does show a bit of hypocracy on the Do-no-crats side.
    And to all those who are still bashing Bush, check the calendar, the election was almost a year ago.

    October 5, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Gumboz1953

    It's been about 35 years since somebody called me a "young lady." What I wouldn't give for that now.

    When did it become a slur? If the GOP thinks that this will be Deeds' "macaca moment," I think they'll be disappointed.

    October 5, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Bill from CA

    If Deeds calling a young lady a "young lady" is the best the GOP's got, especially in light of McDonnell's sexist comments, then you can paint the governor's mansion blue.

    October 5, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Wake Up

    Deeds and Dems are clearly anti-women. They pretend to be protectors because they are pro-choice...even when most policies hurt women. Look how liberals treat any women that isn't a far lefty.
    Wake up obamabots.

    October 5, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. JonDie

    "...where he (Deeds) referred to a female reporter as "young lady.

    According to the GOP political correctness police, this is an insult?

    I'm guessing that pigs now fly (can I say that or is that wrong now according to the GOP?)

    October 5, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Ryan

    This is pathetic, but proof of how deep politicians go to ruin their opponents' images. He's an old man, she's a young woman = I don't see what the big deal is. Since when has "lady" become a derogatory term? I'd understand if it was something like "sweetie", or "honey", but "lady"? It's a fight to the finish and nothing more, they don't care about the issues as long as they have their seat.

    October 5, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. inofritzn

    This is a non-issue, but we can thank the constant "gotcha" moments our politicians and media thrive on for these continued ads. Dems you know FULL well if it were the other way it would still be talked about in this manner. its a sad vicious circle

    October 5, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Dean

    Typical republican always talking down to someone. They all need to be knocked off their high horse

    October 5, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    Deeds is pathetic. VA deserves better. And an FYI to John, Bush is not the president anymore. Get a grip.

    October 5, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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