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. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    You can chalk this up as yet another reason the Virginia GOP will not control the Governor’s Mansion in Richmond. This is not even a tempest in a teapot. This is more like stupidity in a shot glass.

    October 5, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Frank

    Again, nothing to say about the real issues. Republicans are worthless.

    October 5, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. John, Brooklyn, New York

    The Republicans are clearly flailing. It is not condescending to call a 20-year-old a "young lady" and, in fact, in Southern culture, it is actually entirely appropriate and polite.

    The people of Virginia no doubt are more interested in having someone who may refer to a young woman as "young lady" as opposed to one which claims that the very fact that this woman has a job outside the home constitutes the downfall of the American family.

    October 5, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Jeff in Virginia

    Calling out Deeds for a ham-fisted remark does not change the fact that McDonnell believes that women are second-class citizens who should stay barefoot and pregnant.

    This is modern America, not the 14th century.

    October 5, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. dunne

    The GOP's pathetic way of acting relevant.=CNN biting the bait

    October 5, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Meh

    Oh my. They are reaching w. this one.

    October 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. SlowGun

    Deeds calls her a young lady

    McDonnell calls her (a working women) a detriment to American families.

    You decide which is an insult.

    October 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    I usually side with republicans, but is "young lady" now considered a derogatory term?

    October 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. alpha_nu_916

    wow, mcdonnell is a piece of work.
    his thesis paper written during his mid-30s makes disparaging remarks towards working women and homosexuals.
    deeds, on the other hand, calls a female reporter a "young lady" and mcdonnell is calling deeds a chauvinist?
    what the what??????????????????

    ~the GOP is ridiculous.

    October 5, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Gary Martin

    How dare he call her "young lady"? Has he no shame? If we allow this sort of incivility to go unchecked, then older ladies will start calling young men "young man" all the time. It's unacceptable! It's an outrage!

    October 5, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Mike in LR

    Politics is revolting. I'm tired of the bickering and constant villification that goes on. Both of the major parties suck. There is very little difference in the two. That is until BO came along. But they both spend too much and they both are owned by backers. If BO weren't trying to socialize the economy and spread the wealth of others there would be no difference.

    October 5, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Eric in Denver

    AT JOHN, you are a complete idiot. Your liberal brain(or lack their of) is not funtioning. The blame Bush and Rove on everything and saying anyone that disagrees with Obama is a racist are over. Your kind will be crushed in 2010 and 2012. Barry makes Bush look like a genius

    October 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. hockey mom

    As a 42 year old woman – I would LOVE to be called "young lady" as opposed to "ma'am"

    October 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. New Age Democrat

    The comment was certainly disrespectful. I know if I said that to a co-worker, I'd have made a huge mistake. How anyone can think that the phrase IS respectful, is beyond comprehension. However, we should put things in perspective. It's not nearly as bad as Rep. Alan Grayson's deplorable remark. Who had yet to apologize.

    October 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. wow

    Blasted? Indeed... CNN, stop editorializing every story and be journalists

    October 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Ralph

    Oh the nerve. Just this weekend I was called a "young man" while getting my hair cut. I was outraged! I'm 41 years old. How is that young? What did the person mean by that? How could they say such an insulting.....Oh wait a minute. It wasn't insulting at all. It was really nothing. I guess I won't try to sue after all.

    October 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Nelly

    What a hoot. Clearly, those who "don't get it", really don't get it. This squabble must have deeper roots enraging both sides, about which I have no comment. However, for those who equate the usual tone of someone in this type of situation, using the term "young lady" as being comparable to "young man", you simply don't get the undertone of the former. At least try "young gentlemen" as a comparison within the same context, and you might note an implied condescending, paternalistic tone, which is what all the huff is about. Political correctness? Perhaps. But, not without some substance.

    October 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Chris D.

    Well, I guess McDonell is trying to forget about the paper he wrote on what he believes is the true roll of women in American society.

    October 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Dems are all hypocrits

    Democrats are hypocrits. Thet abuse, confuse, and defame GOP members every day, but try to legitimately criticize one of their own and you are either a racist or unpatriotic.

    October 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Keeth in California

    This. is. not. news.

    October 5, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. babs

    What was he supposed to call her? Hey you? Old lady? The GOP has lost it's mind.

    October 5, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Zachary

    How dare he respectfully call her a young lady!? Completely outraging!

    October 5, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Vinnyb

    Excellent ad. While Deeds wants to focus on a 20 year old thesis, while ignoring the independent smart women that McDonnell has raised, cherished and supported in their careers, Deeds feelings seem to unmask when he forgets a camera is around.

    October 5, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Caral from SoCal

    Young lady became a derogatory comment the very second that Barbara Boxer shamed a military officer with years of experience for calling her "ma'am."

    October 5, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. justsane

    wow! i call my students 'young lady' and 'young man' all the time...i'm surprised that i haven't been reported for it.

    October 5, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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