October 17th, 2009
02:45 PM ET
12 years ago

VA Gubernatorial Candidate Stumps in Key Area

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/25/art.bocreigh0825.gi.jpg caption="The president last campaigned for Deeds in August."]
FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA (CNN) - Fresh off the announcement that President Barack Obama will stump for him later this month, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds stumped on Saturday throughout the key battleground area of Northern Virginia, in the Washington suburbs.

The suburbs around Washington are considered crucial to the outcome of the contest for governor, and a recent Washington Post poll showed Deeds trailing his Republican opponent Bob McDonnell in this area. Several statewide polls have also shown Deeds behind McDonnell in the race.

"Let me dispel any rumor of my demise," Deeds told an enthusiastic crowd of Hispanic and organized labor supporters at a Spanish restaurant.

Deeds on Saturday was stumping in areas populated by several key ethnic groups, accompanied by incumbent Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, who cannot run for re-election.

After weeks of guessing of whether and when the President would make a return visit to campaign for the Democratic nominee, Deeds' campaign was thrilled when it could announce on Friday a return visit for Oct. 27. The President had attended a fundraiser and rally in August. Obama was the first Democrat to carry Virginia in a presidential election since 1964.

"We registered...almost 600,000 new voters last year. We had 74% turnout, turnout for Barack Obama. I think it is a win-win," Deeds told CNN. Deeds has previously blamed the national economic picture for some of his campaign's problems and said he supports most of the president's policies.

"I think the President's support is going to help me immensely. His support is critical towards energizing the Democratic voters," Deeds said as he and other Democratic leaders acknowledge the Republican base seems more energized so far this year with state GOP officials sensing they may be able to reverse a recent trend of losses.

In the last few weeks Deeds has gotten increased support of prominent national Democrats. Vice President Joe Biden and former vice president Al Gore participated in fundraisers, and former president Bill Clinton is going to appear with Deeds next week in an event.

Deeds said right now the White House has only committed to the one event. Some officials close to the White House have privately tried to distance themselves from Deeds saying the landscape in Virginia is tough this year and have questioned the quality of the campaign he is running.

"The President's got some things to do. He's got some things going on. I...don't know whether we can expect him back more than once or not," Deeds told CNN.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. worriedmom

    Deeds is grasping at straws. Listen to Mr. deeds on tape about a month ago where he was not wanting to associate with Obama and his politics. Now all of a sudden he needs and agrees with him. By the way just how many of the Hispanics are legal that you are talking to in NOVA.
    Hopefully McDonnell will win. Couldn't hurt after the lousy Democratic Governor we just had. Yes you Mr. Kaine! You did nothing for Va, you just went on up to Obama and gang.

    October 17, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. nelson

    Bad coat tail to hanging on right now.. obama's popularity
    sinking like a rock in this area of the woods

    October 17, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. PessimisticVADemocrat

    Deeds' fate is nearly sealed – and most of it has to do with his LACK of association with Obama.

    Many VA Dems refused to back the man because of his stance on guns and many other right-leaning issues. Add to that the fact that he has generated the excitement of oatmeal and it just doesn't look good for us.

    This guy tried to distance himself from a popular President (See: Al Gore for how smart that is) and win an election in the reddest areas of the state because he's not really a Democrat.

    News flash: Democrats can't win in VA solely in the red areas! Duh!!

    Bottom Line: Creigh Deeds is a weak candidate, and as a result it
    looks like VA schools, medically uninsured and underpriviledged will suffer.

    McDonnell is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Unless President Obama can help Deeds turn his irresponsibly stupid campaign around, Virginians will pay the price for it.

    October 17, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    The worst Govenors we ever had were the Pat Robertson GOPs – Gilmore and Allen. Repubs can't manage, they just slash and burn. They don't want to pay their taxes, and try to buy votes by saying they cut taxes. Allen ruined Va's triple A bond rating. Mark Warner brought it back. And under Dems VA is Forbes #1 state for business.
    Sure there are plenty of welfare rednecks in the state, and when they are afraid they vote. And GOP will say anything to try to gain control again.
    But rational thought has been on the rise here in Va. That's why Obama won. And if McDonnell wins it will be because of fear and ignorance.

    October 17, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Uncle Jimbo

    NVa Native – " if McDonnell wins it will be because of fear and ignorance" You said it right.
    The two key factors in the GOP strategy, along with a good dose of misinformation.
    Just reflect on the insanity of the Bush/Cheney administration.

    October 17, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. joel palmer

    dems beter not lose this one or NJ; we have our foot on the neck of the gop; can't let up now.

    Need to relegate these clowns to Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and Arkansas; the red states oh yyeah and s carolina too

    October 17, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. joel palmer

    Virginians will get the governor they deserve; either way

    October 17, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Konrad

    Agreed! My family and I will vote for Bob McDonnell.

    October 17, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. sara

    Is all Hispanics in this country illegal. I didn't know that...Run Deeds Run.............send McDonnell to Mississippi, Georgia or Alabama where he belongs. Not in a progressive state like Virginia

    October 17, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Career serviceman

    I'm adding a comment regarding the Kerry remarks here because CNN has a habit of closing comments to articles on the Political Ticker when the majority of responses do not favor the liberal Democrats.
    Kerry is a hypocrite! He says listen to the General in charge who requested months ago 40,000 more troops and we claims we shouldn't rush?!
    For all the liberals who have never served or are not serving, many of the Americans serving in Afghanistan are outnumbered but fighting valiantly and courageously because that's what us volunteers do. You don't need to worry about us. You just stay home and be comfortable posting your liberal and unrealistic views. Study your history: the only way to win is decisively with an overwhelming force. You don't just keep sending bits and pieces at a time. This is another sad case of civilians making decisions by not listening to the commanders on the ground. The thousands of brave volunteers want to win which means sending a devastating force; not just sending a few to "hold the fort".
    The administration needs to quit sucking up to Europe and Muslim countries, who by the way, harbor and support the killing of Americans. How about standing up for Americans and strengthen the American military. An example of the priorities is the four hour visit to New Orleans. I'm stationed in New Orleans and it takes about four days to get around to see what has transpired since Katrina, not four hours! I bet if New Orleans was in a European country then they would have gotten more face time.
    In closing, Kerry who is a liar, is the last person to be giving military advice! A former Marine General and Commandant of the Corps is now serving as the National Security Advisor; leave the military advising to him.

    October 17, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. John

    Someone said "....sure, there are plenty of welfare rednecks in the state." Yes, they're just the majority of the people who have lived in Virginia for generations, who have built it into one of the best places to live in the country. True, they're not the refined displaced Northerners who have moved to Arlington and Alexandria to live off the public dole working for the federal government. I can't imagine why they resent the immigrants living in northern VA.

    October 17, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Ralph

    And away go demos down he drain. It has begun and its going to be fun to watch as these sicko hypocrites continue to self destruct. Now is the time for the repubs to get their act together, grow up and start to help us take back our country from these demo bedwetters.

    October 17, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. S Callahan NYS...get some real news, please

    Shameful that their is no trust in the 'average' voter...that the big guns (or is that men/women on the national team) have to show up for the state election....This is Virginia's election...not national though it's known the outcome surely does give impression for the future.

    In the meantime, no blog for the wonderful release of Maziar Bahari...your peer CNN...... despite the heafty bail...it's an answer to prayer.

    October 17, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. nativenova

    @worriedmom, comments like yours make me a worried mom. how ignorant to assume that the majority of latinos that would attend a VOTING rally would be ineligble to vote. nevermind the fact that i'm not sure that many undocumented workers could afford to live in nova. i would implore you to make less sweepingly generalized statements for the sake of your childen so you can prepare them for the realities of living in a diverse state

    October 17, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Tater

    Mark warner and tiny tim kaine have done nothing but trash this state with big obese government programs and fatter taxes to pay for all the wasteful spending! The only reason virginia remains friendly to business and jobs is because republicans still control a big part of the general assembly! Dork warner and tiny timmy have been kept from doing all of the nutty leftist garbage that they would really like to do. Thank goodness!

    October 17, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. Leslie

    It sad to see Dems pulling out every excuse(IT'S THE REPUBLICIANS FAULT) just in case they lose both VA and NJ Governors. Dems don't seem to know WHO'S OR WHAT'S important to the people of America But they think the Noble Peace Prize people are right on the money.

    If they wanted to change things why didn't they start in 2006 when they took control of the House and Senate. Thank you for pushing this INDEPENDENT VOTER THE REPUBLICIAN WAY.

    October 17, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Kate in SW Fla

    It is a shame that Deeds is being painted as a liberal, because he is not. He is from the same cut of cloth at the 2 great Democratic Governors before him, Warner and Kaine. They had to first fix the mess made by Allen, then move forward. Now, if McDonnell the closet social conservative neocon wins, a lot of that progress will be reversed and Virginians will hve no one but themselves to blame.

    October 17, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. MJ

    Why is Obama out campaigning? We have major problems that he just seems to ignore day by day. What is going to happen to our Troops in Afghanistan? Irresponsible to send more troops now? These troops that are there now are Sons, Daughters, Dads, Moms – that are left in the cold. I know!!!! Yet, our Commander in Chief is out "Fund Raising"? Maybe tomorrow he can spend his invaluable time promoting "Obama Care".

    October 17, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    McDonnell will set the women in that state back a hundred years. That would be a shame, a serious shame.

    October 17, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. Ray Tusick

    Sharpton is such a piece of work....he never ceases to amaze me with his theatrics. If he could just focus his energies towards meaningful actions and causes that advance "black" issues....but he lets everyone down and cares only about his own narrow self interest.

    October 17, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. ib

    Deeds will raise taxes again and he supports this so called global warming which will really hurt this state. I hope the people do wake up and not elect Deeds. By the way global warming is still a theory not a proven fact in my opinion.

    October 17, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |