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Deeds Talks to the President

Rosalind Helderman

We hear new Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds just finished up a phone call with President Barack Obama. Obama called to congratulate on his stunning victory in the primary yesterday.

Deeds and Obama will need each other come November. Obama needs Deeds to bring home victory in Virginia since his fate will be widely perceived nationally as a referendum on the president's popularity in a very purple state. And Deeds will need Obama to make that happen, particularly in the urban Tidewater area where Deeds underperformed other successful statewide Democratic candidates in his 2005 race for attorney general against Bob McDonnell.

Deeds was holding this morning's big unity press conference with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and former rivals Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe when his staff learned the call would be coming shortly. They ended the event early, natch.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 10, 2009; 11:21 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Too much Obama could backfire; too little Obama means a trouncing in Hampton Roads. How much the president does and doesn't do could be key to this race.

Posted by: heelhen1 | June 10, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Moderate Democrats will continue to force Republicans further to the right and into the arms of the extreme rightwing reactionaries. They'll scream their big government, no taxes, socialism tirades. They'll attack anyone who isn't a white evangelical. They'll lose more and more ground in a state that's tired of ideological extremism and want effective government.

Posted by: thebobbob | June 10, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanking Obama for Minnie and Mickey and friend power?

To end the vote twice vote often count, and demand the people's power back, register Independnt Party to catch voter fraud more easily.

Posted by: dottydo | June 10, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse


Your premise hardly plays, as more elected Democrat Latinos move to the Republican side.

Posted by: dottydo | June 10, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

It is noteable that as Obama pulls the plug on Israel's exsistance , Jewish voters still blindly support the party . How dogmatic.

Posted by: dottydo | June 10, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

dottydo - can you please provide evidence of "..Obama pulls the plug on Israel...."

Posted by: Joyride | June 10, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I swear, repubs just don't get it...that they have no leader for their rudderless ship and what happened in November is just the start of good things for the Democratic Party. Nobody except the extreme right believes in the repub "say no to everything" platform. I have never seen a party more devoid of ideas. Keep sending us old white guys and haters.

Posted by: tuttlegroup | June 10, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

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