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Photos From the Debate

homestead_podiums.jpgRepublican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, left, laughs along with Democratic opponent State Sen. Creigh Deeds, prior to the Virginia Bar Association debate at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., on Saturday, July 25, 2009. Timekeeper Steve Busch has his back to camera. (Steve Helber/The Associated Press)

See more photos after the jump.

homestead_mcdonnell.jpgMcDonnell goes over notes in his room on Saturday at the Homestead as he prepares for his debate with Deeds. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

homestead_deeds.jpgDeeds laughs with his campaign manager Joe Abbey during preparations for the debate. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

homestead_spouses.jpgMaureen McDonnell, wife of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, right, greets, Pam Deeds, wife of Democratic candidate, State Sen. Creigh Deeds, before the Virginia Bar Association debate at the Homestead. (Steve Helber/The Associated Press)

homestead_roshambo.jpgIn an ominous sign for Virginia Republicans, double paper trumps double rock. The double scissor technique was of course largely abandoned following the disastrous collapse of the Nixon administration. (Steve Helber/The Associated Press)

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 25, 2009; 1:20 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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"In an ominous sign for Virginia Republicans, double paper trumps double rock."

What is that supposed to mean? Is that how you justify deeds winning? I watched the whole thing, bob clearly won.

Posted by: joshstlouis | July 25, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Watched the debate from end-to-end and read the comments as it was going on. Either everyone tuned in were McDonell fans or Bob Clobbered Deeds because the running comments were one-sided! All for McDonnell.

When it comes to experience, McDonnell has been an Army Officer, a Fortune 500 Business Executive, a Lawyer, a VA politician, and Attorney General of the State. Deeds has been a hack politician all his life. Who do you think is best prepared to be Governor!

Posted by: A-COL | July 25, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Dear joshstlouis, you may want to check your local storage facility, as your sense of humor has clearly been put in a box somewhere.

The photo caption about scissors and rock was a visual joke based on the old rock, paper, scissors game. In the McDonnell photo, the candidate is, in effect, making the "rock" symbol with both hands. In the matching Deeds photo, the candidate is, in effect, making the "paper" symbol. In the game, paper covers rock and always wins. In reality, of course, both candidates are just gesturing in whatever way works for them.

Visual humor. Silliness. Not the end of civilization or an actual political comment. I imagine both Deeds and McDonnell would have found this little joke funny. You, however, are a bit humor-impaired.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | July 25, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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