Wilder: Obama Made a Pitch for Deeds
By Rosalind Helderman
Former governor L. Douglas Wilder says he received a call directly from President Obama about three weeks ago to discuss a variety of issues, but, top among them, was the Virginia governor's race.
Wilder said the call was confidential and he would not reveal his exact back and forth with the president, whom Wilder strongly supported last year. But, he said, Obama made clear that he would like the former Democratic governor to get off the fence and endorse Democrat Creigh Deeds.
"I'll just say he called and made his position known and made it clear, he's a Democrat, Mr. Deeds is a Democrat and obviously, the president would like to see a Democratic victory," Wilder said.
Wilder said the president's call was just one of a number of contacts he has had with the White House in recent weeks on the issue.
Wilder confirmed that he will be making a statement about his endorsement later this week, as first reported Sunday by the Washington Times. He stressed the statement would be *about* his endorsement, not necessarily an endorsement. And he said he will be speaking to Deeds directly for the first time this year either today or tomorrow.
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