October 6th, 2009
10:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Deeds: Democrats' national agenda has made campaign 'tough'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/23/deeds.phamby.0610.cnn.jpg caption="Democrat Creigh Deeds appeared at a candidate forum in northern Virginia on Tuesday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, a Democrat, argued Tuesday that the Obama administration’s contentious economic agenda has been a drag on his campaign.

With slightly under a month to go until Election Day on November 3, Deeds trails Republican Bob McDonnell in the polls. McDonnell has tried to tie Deeds to some of the more controversial legislative items being debated in Washington, particularly health care reform and the union-friendly Employee Free Choice Act.

“Frankly, a lot of what’s going on in Washington has made it very tough,” Deeds said in a candidate forum put on by Politico, WJLA television, Google and YouTube. “We had a very tough August because people were just uncomfortable with the spending. They were uncomfortable with a lot of the noise that was coming out of Washington, D.C.”

Deeds said his campaign is now “re-framing” the race to keep a focus on Virginia issues. He told the moderators that he disagrees with Obama on “some issues” but only named one: the cap-and-trade legislation currently before Congress.

He did, however, give the president points for his handling of economic crisis.

“Frankly, I don’t think he’s getting enough credit right now for lots of good signs that are emerging in the economy,” he said.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds • Virginia
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    Deeds and the rest of the Republicans don't give a fig for our country.

    If they did, they would give Pres Obama far more than nine entire months to clean up the horrendous messes that the Republicans created with Bush.

    Instead, the Republicans are doing everything they can to destroy our country.

    They are succeeding. May they rot in hell.

    October 6, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    Maybe so Deeds but did that stop you from taking DNC money? I believe that answer would be no! Maybe you should have taken the independent route! Too late!

    October 6, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. cente left

    Deeds is a chicken Democrat. EX Gov. Doug Wilder was right not to endorse him.

    October 6, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. SF Serg

    Deeds should switch parties. He sounds like a Republican.

    October 6, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  5. victim of republican greed

    It has to be hard to run in a state where people actually want to rewrite the Bible to eliminate the Liberal bias. I think they will also eliminate two of the commandments: the ones about not committing adultery and not killing people which would cut down on supporting illegal wars.

    October 6, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    I hope Virginia is smart enough to vote for Deeds.

    McDonnell is a slime-bag.

    October 6, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. Woof woof...another idiot blue dog

    No Mr. Deeds....the people of this country were sick of the mess the previous President left for our current President. We understand that drastic measures need to be made to undo the incredible debt we were all left with. And the two wars, once based on a lie, have made our economy a mess. Obama's trying to do the right thing by creating a situation where health insurance is available. And while it may be expensive, it is certainly more reliable than giving billions to thNo, Mr. Deeds, your ignorant attitude is the reason many of us democrats are donating our money to our favorite candidates and NOT the Party, who might give money to cowardly Blue Dogs like yourself. Figure it out, Mr. Deeds, we need a big change. If you don't like it, then get out of the way because the train's coming through.

    October 6, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. JP

    Do a search and see how the misnamed employee free choice act= SEIU=ACORN.

    October 6, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  9. TangledThorns

    Wow, Deeds is the first to admit that Democrats house of cards is falling. Thank him for his honesty but let's vote for McDonnell instead. I live in Reston, VA and McDonnell has the best vision for the Commonwealth.

    October 6, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    EASY Creigh – easy – down boy!!! Don't give the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts something to make a horror movie about!!! Your words would definitely be takin out of context – watch!!!


    October 6, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. skeptic1

    ...start talking to Virginians about continuing ahead as Kaine and Warner have done even in tough economic times. Talk some transportation and how Federal stimulus money has and will make a difference here. Get behind Metro to Dulles, alternative energy investments and ideas. Shut down McDonnell now – we cannot afford a GOP-just-say-no-to-everything-but-do-nothing-tax-cuts, CBN "700 club" university graduate in political office in this commonwealth. They guy is afraid of women in the workplace destroying the traditional family, thinks homosexuality is a "lifestyle" choice, and has proposed privatizing ABC stores as the answer to VA economics..... Time for you (Deeds) to do something so we do not have extremist-McDonnell in office...

    October 6, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    “Frankly, a lot of what’s going on in Washington has made it very tough,”

    “We had a very tough August because people were just uncomfortable with the spending."

    Hear that, Democrats?

    In an odd kind of way, Obama has done us small-government people, including real conservatives, a big favor: He's shown the American people how scary the far-Left blank-check mentality can be. The neo-cons aren't pikers when it comes to wasting money, but Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of the Libs have blown more money in nine months than Bush did in his entire second term, and that includes his various Crusades. And Obama and Pelosi, if they get their way with health care, cap-and-trade, and who knows what-all, have barely gotten started breaking the bank.

    October 6, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. S M R

    Keep your chin up Mr. Deeds, The polls don't mean squat.

    October 6, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  14. Rafael VA

    Deeds you will be a victim of Obamas terrible spending in DC.

    October 6, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. Nate

    Stand and deliver Deeds. Stop blaming Washington and quit trying to determine the political wins. Stand up for the people and they'll stand up for you.

    October 6, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. AZ

    He's right, I am a Independent that leans Democrat and am very unhappy with the current economic policies. If jobs are created 2010 will see a different party in place.

    October 6, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  17. cjl

    Don't worry dems. This is just a preview of your very near future. It starts locally. People are done. I Cant Wait!!!

    October 6, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  18. Mike in MN

    Democrats are now running from Obama. Obama and his liberal agenda are starting to take Democrats all across the country down with him. Too bad he is not really the centerist he pretended to be. Obama will be a one term failure if he does not move to the center like Clinton did.

    October 6, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  19. Perusing-through

    If Deeds have a problem with the current national economic status, than move out of the way and let Terry McAuliffe finish the race. Stop making excuses Deeds and fight!

    October 7, 2009 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  20. Ray

    One of many Demo's that are going to wake up (hopefully only after their defeat) to the disaster that is Obama!

    October 7, 2009 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  21. Grrr-awful-o

    You mean the democratic agenda has made running as a democrat difficult because... the American people don't like the agenda?

    Hello? Then maybe get a clue. Ever heard of the concept that our elected officials are supposed to represent the will of the people? What part of that does the Obama administration not understand? They understand it. They're Marxists and they know better than the people. THAT'S the problem.

    Hey, if you're not popular you don't get elected. Simple. We're still a democracy. This year...

    October 7, 2009 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  22. Michelle

    OK, Deeds, what is it? The Dems are a hindrance or a help to you? You don;t seem very sure.

    October 7, 2009 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  23. Donkey Party

    Great, sounds like another Blue Dog. I say let McDonnell win, at least we true Democrats will know where his loyalty stands. Just say no to anymore Blue Dogs (Neo-con infiltrators).

    October 7, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. Dee, 1 Vote

    Mr. Deeds, the GOP party neats any thing! You say bad of the Pres, so you are a "Southern Gentleman!"

    October 7, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  25. Edward lawler

    Deeds will do just what Sen Warner and our "esteemed governor did. Campaign as moderates then after being elected stand up at the Dem convention and support Obama and support his socialist agenda.

    October 7, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |