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

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(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. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Typical... yet another stupid, content-free ad from the GOP.

    McDonnell is a GOP Neanderthal without a clue.

    October 5, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Susan, Macedon New York

    This has to be one of the stupidest things the Republicans have said in quite a while (at least since George Bush left office!)

    Do they really have nothing better to do than pick apart someone's words or way of speaking?

    I've got an idea, Republicans! Instead of looking around for a Democrat to trash, why don't you come up with some ideas of how to fix the country your party totally screwed up! That that would be a good use of your time!

    October 5, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Pat F

    What a load of steaming Democratic bull. There is no doubt that calling someone "young lady" is a demeaning and diminuitive label.
    – to suggest otherwise is just a pathetic rationalization.

    But why should I be surprised that the Democrats defend this? Clinton took serious sexual advantage of a half-wit, clearly vulernable underling in the most grotesque way, and Democrats continue to defend it.

    You know, I bet Roman Polansky is a Democrat – 100% of his supporters are!

    October 5, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Allen

    um...she is a young lady.

    October 5, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. LoLo

    The Gop is really grasping at straws. Please vote all of them out of office. This party is done. The whole world sees their true colors. They can not put it back in the bottle. They have shot themselves in the foot. Nothing but the party of detroyers. I hope that they all will be voted out come midterm elections. This party is full of nothing but, haters, liars and racist people. They are not ready for the future at all.

    October 5, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. American Feminist

    I think the Repugs are getting their "politically correct" terms screwed up. "Young lady" is perfectly acceptable. Now if he said, "girlie, hon, sweetie, sweet cheeks, chickie-chickie (followed by kissy sounds), etc.... that's offensive.

    October 5, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Rick

    Let's see if I get this correct, "as right is not allowed as a reference point".

    "young lady" is policitally incorrect according to the GOP?

    How should the person be addressed? He does not know her! He is senior? Is MS. appropriate? MRS, NO he doesn't know a marital status! Dear me, what is the correct address that the GOP will not stumble over??????

    NONE THAT I CAN SEE! Guess the GOP just committed the ultimate "faux pas".... not knowing what the "correct response" is!!!!

    Dear me!

    October 5, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. al

    Is the term " young lady" now politically incorrect?

    October 5, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Keith in Austin

    If a GOP candidate made the young lady comment, you hypocritic liberals would be screeming for blood! Hahahahaha

    October 5, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Andi

    I didn't notice in the article, but was the young lady upset about being addressed as 'young lady'?

    October 5, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Lets stop being petty

    So I guess she's either not young or a lady or both.

    October 5, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Voice of Reason

    I read the headline of the article, and was expecting there was some kind of insult.

    "...young lady..." ??

    Are you kidding? THAT's the best you got? That is the worst, most patheric, miserable excuse for a political ad i've ever seen. Next they'll accuse him of being unworthy of office because he helped an old lady across the street! Or say he's a racist because he doesnt take his coffee 'black'. Or say he's a communist because he's seen 'The Hunt for Red October'. Or they'll catch him driving his car and they'll say he's in the packet of big business.

    Worthless pathetic and rediculous drivel. Nothing more.

    October 5, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. KG, MN

    Young lady? That's offensive? Old broad, yes, but young lady? I guessed I didn't get the memo.

    October 5, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Lisa

    i recently watched an interview with McDonnell where he was asked about his 20 year old thesis. He said it was simply to say families are first. The interviewer then pointed out his voting record that proves beyond any doubt that McDonnell trult thinks woman should stay home and be good little mothers

    October 5, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. James P

    I am a registered Republican and these folks about to get all over my last nerve. The term "republican" might as well now stand for "hypocritacal whinner" sorry bad spelling. Anyway, there needs to be a new party designation of "frustrated with both sides party".

    October 5, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. dave

    He's a democrat so he'll get a free pass. Nothing to see here, move along. This was probably all Bush's fault anyway.

    October 5, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. normajean

    This article says practically nothing except that some one referred to a reporter as "young lady". GOOOD GRIEF" Whether you like it or not that is not exactly an insult. There are a lot of things he COULD
    have called her. I've come to the conclusion as have a lot of other people that the media are the cause of a lot of problems and missunderstandings today because they will say anything to get something controversial started. I doubt I will see this printed.

    October 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. John

    All the GOP continues to do is show it consists of nasty, unchristian, bigoted, prejudicial fops too lazy to present a sound argument, and do it with grace and intelligence.

    If any one group in America today personifies atrociously selfish behavior, it's the Republican Party and the lower levels of society still jealous someone has worked harder to get where they are, and deserves it.

    October 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Informed Voter

    I am a woman and I see nothing wrong with the term "young lady." I'm not sure how this will help McDonnell, a man who clearly sees women as second class citizens, win a single new, young lady's vote.

    October 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Julie

    What was he suppose to call her..ole lady, ma'am, miss, WHAT! Please lets remember folks there are for more important issues to concentrate on than who was called what!

    October 5, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. Connie, Indiana

    guess that is all they could find to complain.. Silly season, doubt they will ever bring up a subject that is real interest to the American people..Young lady is a slur when you have nothing else to complain about.

    October 5, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Kris

    It is so strange that the Republicans had 8 MISERABLE, FAILED years under George Bush and then tried to pawn Sarah Palin off on us. They pandered to the Right Religious Nut Bags and trampled the Constitution of the United States of America with bogus amendments that for the first time in American History was to take RIGHTS away from minorities. Now they are concerned that someone has referred to a female reporter as “Young Lady”? Are you kidding me?

    October 5, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Wayne Messer

    That's the only thing they can attack the guy with. REALLY!!!!!!

    So, now it's not PC to call someone a "Young Lady" or "Young Man"

    How absurd. If this the only issue they can address then they aren't in polictics they are in to dodging real issues.

    Who cares

    Talk about things that are impacting peoples lives.

    October 5, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Jim in Idaho

    Is this what CNN thinks constitutes news these days? He said this so, oh my, he said THAT!

    The CNN ticker is beginning to become a complete waste of time and, apparently, a way to keep low paid, low-skilled beginning writers employed writing about almost nothing.

    October 5, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. ERP

    Since when has calling a woman "young lady" become an insult?

    October 5, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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