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Obama, Biden and McDonnell

Anita Kumar

We told you a little earlier that newly minted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds spoke briefly to President Barack Obama at around 11 this morning. It turns out both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden both called in the hours after he won his come-from-behind-victory Tuesday.

"It was pretty cool," Deeds said of his brief call from Obama. "I like him a lot. He was just personable. He offered help. He had ideas. He had watched this campaign. He was knowledgeable about the approach we took to things."

Deeds said Obama, then a U.S. senator, had campaigned with him previously in Norfolk and Richmond when Deeds was running for attorney general in 2005 against Republican Bob McDonnell.

Biden called Deeds Tuesday night. The two had an easy rapport, which Deeds said mau come from their similar backgrounds growing up on out-of-way places.

"It was just a cordial nice call," Deeds. "He's from Scranton. I'm from out in the country. We had a very pleasant discussion. A lot of commonality in the paths we walk."

Republican Bob McDonnell also called Deeds as he was heading to the stage at the Omni Hotel Tuesday night to deliver his victory speech. Deeds called back afterwards about 10 p.m.

"We just had a nice talk. I just said, 'Bob, I look forward to a clean, fair fight,'" Deeds said. "Of course, it won't be a clear fight. It will be tough."

McDonnell called Deeds a "good, decent Virginian."

"We had a very friendly discussion,'' he said. "He's a decent fellow."

By Anita Kumar  |  June 10, 2009; 5:42 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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