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McDonnell Can't Wait to Talk About Card Check

Anita Kumar

We told you yesterday how much Bob McDonnell was loving each of his Democratic rivals being forced to share their views on card check.

McDonnell wants to turn card check into the issue this year -- and he sure is doing his best. He talks about it everywhere he goes.

Check out today's effort. A video of Democrats Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran explaining -- sort of -- if they support card check.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 27, 2009; 4:01 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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Hopefully, it doesn't matter which of the three Dems win the primary given the best match up they have, Deeds, is still trailing McDonnell by double digets!

The reason Virginia enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, almost 2% below the National agerage, is because it is a "business friendly" state. If Virginians are dumb enough to elect Deeds, McAuliffe or Moran, they will let Unions do for Virginia what they have done for California and Michigan. Card Check in Virginia will yield double-digit unemployment! Although all have danced around it in public, in private they are "union owned." VA - fasten your seatbelts if we elect a Democrat this year.

Also, so close to the Memorial Day weekend the fact that Lieutenant Colonel (USAR Ret)McDonnell is the only candidate in the race that has ever donned a uniform in defense of this nation should not go unnoticed. Given Virginia's huge Military, Military retiree and veteran population, this is significant. McDonnell's daughter even has more time in uniform than all three of the democrat challengers put together!

Posted by: A-COL | May 27, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

If the Senate race was any indication, unfortunately card check will not be a major issue. It certainly should be, but Gilmore tried to make this a major issue with Warner. Yes, Gilmore's campaign was pretty bad, but Warner is the only Senator in the entire US Senate to refuse to take a position on card check. The Washington Post and the rest of the Virgina media noted this, but pretty much moved on-- giving Warner a free ride-- which has continued now until now even though he's been elected.

So, good luck, Mr. McDonnell making this an issue- it is really important and people should now where the candidates are on this issue... and simplying punting on this one shouldn't be acceptable.

Posted by: ChrisD4 | May 28, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

A-Col, you are right it shouldn't go unnoticed but your comments really negate what you just said by making his military service a political issue here. As a Marine Corps veteran, military service is in no way a prerequisite to public office as there are many other ways you can give back to your country and community without ever serving in the military. The fact that you mention Bob McDonnell's daughter having more time in uniform "than all three of the democrat challengers put together!" makes your argument look ignorant and irrelevant to the issue of military veteran's and the Governor's race.

Posted by: dankalbacher | May 28, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I really don't care what any of the candidates have to say about card check. This is a FEDERAL issue, not a state issue. It is about choosing to form a union not about employment. It really is irrelevant in the context of a gubernatorial election. It also does not affect Virginia's status as a Right to Work state which exists as a result of legislation by the General Assembly. If you don't want to join a union, you don't have to. Section ยง 40.1-60 of the Code os Virginia states: "No person shall be required by an employer to become or remain a member of any labor union or labor organization as a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer."

Posted by: rmg4369 | May 28, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

RMG4369- Card check's passage would have a huge impact on Virginia- an impact that I think would be very negative. It is important to me to know where the candidates stand on this issue. Right to work deals with whether you have to join a union... card check deals with how unions are formed. They are two different issues- Virginia's status as a right-to-work state is a seperate issue apart from card check... those supporting card check try to make folks think card check is irrelevant in right to work states, which simply isn't true.

Posted by: ChrisD4 | May 28, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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