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Boucher Endorses Deeds

Tim Craig

U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) endorsed Sen. R. Creigh Deeds' bid for governor today, saying he is the candidate who can win over voters in rural Virginia.

"He can carry rural Virginia and the state and that is critically important for a candiddate who is seeking statewide office," Boucher said.

Boucher also praised Deeds' policies on the economy, transportation and energy. "He has the experience. He has the vision and he has the deep roots in our region," said Boucher, who represents Southwest Virginia.

A reporter then asked Boucher if Terry McAuliffe, who is also a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination, has deep enough roots in Virginia to be elected in a general election. Boucher said he preferred to answer that question "in an affirmative way" about Deeds. "I think rural voters deeply value the fact that someone has roots in our state," said Boucher, who has been close to Deeds for decades.

Boucher is the second member of Virginia's congressional delegation to get behind a candidate. U.S. Rep. James P. Moran is supporting his brother's bid for the Democratic nomination, former delegate Brian J. Moran.

Boucher has reputation for being able to move some Democratic voters in the 9th District toward his favored candidate. Boucher, however, did not seem to have much sway in this year's race for the Democratic nomination for president. He was an early supporter of then Sen. Barack Obama, who fared poorly in the 9th District against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY).

But with Moran and Deeds jockeying almost daily over who can roll out what endorsement, Boucher is the highest profile elected official thus far to get behind a candidate.

By Tim Craig  |  December 17, 2008; 6:20 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Tim Craig  
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Go Deeds!

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