[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.