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

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. Greg

    Deeds started this nonsense.

    October 5, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Jeff

    I don't understand the issue? What is wrong with saying "young lady"?

    October 5, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Simmy

    Still laughing at the GOP.....They got nothin'.

    October 5, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Sane virginian

    The horror! McDonnell spent page after page of his thesis explaining why working women were destroying America, but Deeds called a woman "young lady!"

    The desperation is evident.

    October 5, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. DT

    Yet even more proof that Repubs are brain dead...cmon wasted money...

    October 5, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Roland-St George,UT

    I honestly have a feeling that if it had been a young male reporter around the same age, Deeds would have addressed him as "young man". I really don't see what the fuss is about, other than the GOP looking for something to nit pick about.

    October 5, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. John Sivills

    Well, she is a young lady.

    By the way, McDonnell's plan to privatize the state liquor stores cannot pay for even one of the projects he is advertising. He is projecting $500 million from such sales. Ohio, which is a larger state than Virginia, did not get that much when it sold its stores. Which means, increased transporation spending will affect the general fund – education, social services, public safety, etc. Not only does he write a demeaning thesis as a married adult, McDonnell cannot add as well.

    October 5, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Sam Barber

    What in the WORLD? She IS a young lady, isn't she? I am in my early 50s, and I refer to 20-year-olds as "young man" and "young lady." Republicans must be REALLY desperate these days...

    October 5, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. james

    How is the term "young lady" offensive? Are we that PC (or fake PC, as it might apply to the Republicans) that highlihting one's age, especially as young, is seen as offensive? Or am I missing the point, and the term "lady" is supposed to be seen as offensive?

    huh? They are just making themselves look even more ridiculous than they already do, with this sort of attack.

    October 5, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Allen from Texas

    What's the problem with referring to a young lady as young lady. Maybe we should accept that as a problem and refrain from using the terms "lady" and "gentleman" since they are so hurtful and slanderous...

    October 5, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. ramsey

    wow! he called her something she is. a young lady. how could he!?

    October 5, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Dave From Philly

    Always amazing me how the GOP talks about everything but the real issue. The only way calling her a young lady would be insulting would be if the reporter was called a young lad (young boy for those that don't know what the word means).

    And he wants to lead VA?

    October 5, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Honest Abe

    i don't get it! all he said was 'young lady'???? this is supposed to be offensive to women? I better stop saying ma'm. didn't this same group of nutjobs get mad at our president for saying 'sweetie'?

    October 5, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. whaley41

    Why is this even news??

    October 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Dave

    This is the PROBLEM with politics today. What in the world does any of this have to do with governing the state of Virginia. Dem's only talking about a thesis this guy writes over 20 years ago and Rep's talking about a "young lady" response.

    America we get what we elect and what we elect is CRAP

    October 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Jon

    It gets worse than "young lady"?!?!?! How shocking. If that's the best they've got they're doomed. RIP, GOP.

    October 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. independent

    Young Lady would be preferable to Miss, or Old lady. Get a life, there is no there, there.

    October 5, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Crazy Harry

    Just when you thought it couldn't get any crazier, this happens. What has happened to our country?

    October 5, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Edwin

    I don't understand. How is this terrible? He didn't call her a girl or baby or anything like that.

    Should he have said, "I think I made myself clear, person?" That sounds stupid.

    October 5, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Richard in Oakland

    There is no issue here. Repubs keep throwing anything against the wall, hoping something will stick, and this is a lame try. Will not get any traction.

    October 5, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. jay

    Should he have called her "old lady" ? I do not get it.

    October 5, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Jonathan Burton

    I am astounded at the desperation in the GOP these days.
    This could very well be a bellweather sign of something far more disparaging going on in the Republican party.
    When did calling a woman "young lady" become an insult?
    Never, not even once have I overheard a woman being upset because she was referred to as a young lady.
    If anything, it is a compliment.
    If this is any indication of things to come...then I cannot wait until 2010!!!

    October 5, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Cleo

    The Republicans remind me of that show "The Office." Absolutely no clue.

    October 5, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Tom in VA

    So much ado over NOTHING. The GOP is making themselves laughable. McDonnell may yet still win but it will only signal the return of fear-mongering by conservative polticians and the weak-spirited, easily frightened masses.

    McDonnell is bad bad news.

    October 5, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. TH - ATL

    The comment was disrepectful but pretty common for a democrat.

    October 5, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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