October 20th, 2009
04:38 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton breaks down polling in Virginia's governor's race

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/29/art.billclintongi.jpg caption="Clinton campaigned in Virginia on Tuesday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton played political analyst Tuesday during a campaign appearance in Virginia for Democrat Creigh Deeds, who is trailing Republican Bob McDonnell according to recent polling.

"So are the polls right?" Clinton said during a rally in northern Virginia. "The answer is yes, no and maybe. Yes, the polls are an accurate measurement of the voter groups that they talk to in proportion to each other. So if on election day that profile shows up, you have to change minds."

"The 'no' answer is, that's not close to a profile of the people either who voted in the primary, which was an open primary, or in the general election of 2008."

"And the 'maybe' is the thing that matters," he said. "The maybe is you. The maybe is what you do in the two weeks, whether you're prepared to step into the breach."

Clinton urged the crowd to tell fellow Democrats that jobs, health care, energy, education and "sensible budgets" are all at stake on Election Day.

He offered his analysis Tuesday flanked by Deeds and longtime friend Terry McAuliffe, who also sought the Democratic nomination for governor. Clinton campaigned actively for McAuliffe in the primary earlier this year, a contest that he said taught him to "never underestimate" Deeds, who came from behind to pull out a victory in June.

Though Deeds has been criticized for running an underwhelming and negative campaign, Clinton told the audience: "I like the way he handled himself in the primary, and I like the way he's handling himself in the general election."

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. john

    what about obama? everyone seems to be forgetting all about him....it's kind of disrespectful...i mean what if you were president and people ignored you?

    October 20, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. TCM

    Bill, shut up!

    October 20, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    Obama bucks worked so well, maybe they can try Deeds dough.

    Is ACORN still allowed to pay people off, drive them to the polling place, give them illegal things ETC? How UnAmerican of those nasty right wingers to take this away!

    October 20, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. J.P.

    "It depends what your definition of 'is' is."


    October 20, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. jpspec

    Bill, it is expected for you to be a good "democrat". However, is there not a way to avoid supporting Obma. It was my hope that Hillary would win and have Obama as her VP. This would accomplish two things. One it would give him the experience that he totally lacks. Two, it would give voters to get to know who this guy. Presently we are getting to know him and many of us do not like what we are learning.

    October 20, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Californian

    Take it from a californian, don't elect a republican. They will ruin your state. But please, by all means get a second opinion, ask someone in South Carolina!

    October 20, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom

    IF......... Virginia ........ after EIGHT YEARS of the Bush Regime and SEVEN YEARS of Republican control of Congress (1994-2007) elect....... another ......... Republican....... they are idiots!

    October 20, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Bush_Low_I.Q.

    Mr. Clinton,

    We are Proud of your Intelligence.

    We are Proud that you are a Former President.

    We are Ashamed that G.W.Bush is a Former President.

    October 20, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Jordan

    Yeah...what a shame for people to ignore Obama. That's completely shocking and appalling. I guess maybe after treating George W Bush that way for the last 8 years, people just assume it's proper etiquette.

    October 20, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Razorback

    During a recent trip through Virginia, my former home state, I was dismayed to find that Governor Kaine (who was an early and ardent supporter of Obama) has closed all but one of the rest areas on Interstate 81 and all but two on Interstate 95! Interestingly, neighboring red state Tennessee hasn't closed any rest areas on I-81 or I-40. This is Governor Kaine's version of hope and change: you HOPE you can make it to the next exit and CHANGE your clothes if you don't! Hopefully the next governor won't have such pennywise and pound foolish ideas.

    October 20, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Jay T.

    I see ol' Billy Clinton still holds his mastery of the English language. IMy head started hurting after three words of the logic he used. I mean, this guy questioned the meaning of "is."

    October 20, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Bob in Pa

    I guess it's all in how you define the word "maybe" !

    October 20, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Centrist

    Go Deeds! If anyone has credibility on building sensible budgets in a bipartisan manner, it would be President Clinton with the surplus he left our country. It's an admirable endorsement for Deeds.

    VA Independents, Democrats, and some Republicans should not allow McDonnell's antiquated views against working women anywhere near the governor's mansion.

    Creigh Deeds for Virginia's next governor.

    October 20, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. John D.

    Somebody please show Clinton the door and remind him to shut up on his way out. Talk about someone who totally disrepected this country. There is no good and bad. They are all guilty of Treason.

    October 20, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Magnanimous

    Clinton is the best political analyst and smartest president in history. No one does a better job of explaining complicated issues in an understandable way.

    October 20, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. phoenix86

    I guess it all depends on what the definition of "matters" is, right Bill?

    October 20, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Mark

    Feel sorry for my state should "Taliban Bob" win in 2 weeks.

    October 20, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Hypocrisy

    I love it how Dems (especially the Obama groupies) seem to dismiss polls unless they are favorable to them. Remember how they danced in the streets and cheered when The Messiah was riding high? Now that their down they say they don't matter. If you're going to be hypocrites at least don't be so blatant about it.

    October 20, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    There's a lot the people of the State of Virginia can learn from former President Bill Clinton if they are willing to listen and learn and most of all stay away from those Republicans.

    October 20, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. Bill

    Very well spoken, Mr. President.

    However, its doubtful the Dems can win Virginia. Its a wierd state with a modern, upscale, upper class, northern area (DC suburbs) and an under-educated, redneck rest of the state (the 'real Virginia' according to Michelle Bachmann). Remember the 'macaca' incident. Wierd tax laws and a belief in extreme measures – idiotic politicians who proposed $1000 speeding ticket to pay for their wild transportation plans and Stafford County raising sales tax on cars by 100% while cutting fees for private jet handling air-strips.

    Add in unplanned infrastructure development, horrible traffic issues, near zero public transportation facilities and a worship of all things colonial and pre-civil war – you're better off out of office in VA.

    October 20, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Dave

    Why is it that all the liberals on this site seem so angry? Mabey because their do-nothing president has failed to accomplish anything of significance. I can't wait to see how bitter they will be in a year or two. I better watch out, the Obama adimistration may try to muzzle me like anyone else who doesn't agree with their policies.

    October 20, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. PQ

    Don't listen to Clinton. Hillary carpetbagged into New York. McAuliffe wants to carpetbag into Virginia.

    October 20, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. Jane

    Have we had another I misspoke yet....it plays well in the Bill and Hill show.

    October 20, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    I THINK Bill is right and I think for the next article about cafferty saying should Obama stop blaming the CHENEY ADMINISTRATION ,,the answer is he hasn't even started to blam and he doesn't have to blam the last 8 year administration .. the media is doing it and the econemy is proof of what the last 8 years did .. so Cafferty should ask when is DICKY CHENEY , KARL ROVE ,AND THE REST OF THE LIERS GOING TO BE GIVEN A HEARING TO BE CHARGED FOR THE CRIMES THEY COMMITTED . George Bush did what ever CHENEY ROVE TOLD HIM TO DO its the same as when Reagan was in office .


    October 20, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Sue

    I think Bill should stay at home now and grow HIS OWN VEGETABLE GARDEN. STOP paying Bill for his NOTHINGNESS!!!!! Amazing how NO one wants to hire him!!!! Call Michelle for HER planting advice, BILL!!!!

    October 20, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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