Obama in Annandale, Deeds in Hampton Roads
President Obama came calling in Virginia today, hosting a forum on health care at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale. Gov. Tim Kaine was on stage for a portion of the event, and tons of Virginia Democratic luminaries were in the crowd, from Sen. Mark Warner to U.S. Reps Gerry Connolly, Bobby Scott and Jim Moran.
But Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds was not around. Was he invited?
Deeds says yes. In an interview this afternoon, Deeds said he would have liked to be at the health care forum but had already agreed to address secondary school principals in Williamsburg this morning and then had other appointments in the Hampton Roads area.
It might have been a bit of a convenient scheduling conflict.
Republicans have been busy trying to tie Deeds to the national Democratic party--demanding that he weigh in controversial federal issues like the union card check bill and cap-and-trade environmental legislation. Deeds has been just as busy insisting he wants to stick to state issues that relate directly to the governor's portfolio.
"I've got this thing I'm working on--I'm trying to be elected governor of Virginia," Deeds said today. "As much as I would have liked to be in Annandale with the president and the governor, I needed to be in Hampton Roads today."
July 1, 2009; 3:07 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Gerald E. Connolly , James P. Moran Jr. , Mark Warner , Rosalind Helderman
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