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Your Take: Who's the Moderate?

The general election for Virginia governor has opened with both candidates laying claim to the middle ground and the bipartisan backers of Mark Warner.

Which of the candidates do you think has been closer to the political center since 2005? Vote in the poll below, and explain why you voted how you did in the comments.


By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 16, 2009; 2:23 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Polls , Robert F. McDonnell  
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bob acts a moderate but we all know from his educational background and alignment with the religious right that there is absolutely nothing moderate about him.

Posted by: titianblonde | June 16, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I think it's logical to call Deeds the centrist. Look at the explaining or outreach each candidate has had to do.

Deeds has reached out to progressives to assure them that he is not TOO moderate and centrist for them to deal with (meaning, he basically is moderate and centrist, but eager to share a big tent with those progressive Democrats as well--and we are happy to oblige, just as with Webb and Warner).

McDonnell has reached out to moderates and centrists to assure them that he is not TOO socially conservative, despite his career history and association with the Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson school of thought (meaning, he basically is a social conservative, but is eager to attract centrist and moderate voters to his cause).

Their own arguments tell you where they are, and where they are trying to reach out to. Deeds is a centrist reaching out to attract progressives as well; McDonnell is a conservative, reaching out to attract centrists. If the center is where the action is, therefore, Deeds is well positioned.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | June 17, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

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