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Deeds, McDonnell Pledge to Release Schedule

Anita Kumar

With all this talk about Gov. Tim Kaine's refusal to release his political schedule, we wondered what the men wanting to replace him think about the ongoing debate.

Both Democrat Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell told us that they would disclose complete schedules, including political activities, if elected.

Deeds was careful not to criticize the man whose coattails he is trying to ride into the governor's mansion, but made it clear he would handle the situation differently.

We tried to get Deeds directly on this topic, but he would not make himself available. His spokesman Jared Leopold said: "Creigh Deeds is committed to transparency in government."

Republicans are trying to use the issue to tarnish Kaine's reputation in the hopes that it helps their candidate so it's no surprise that McDonnell also came out for the release of schedules while simultaneously jabbing Kaine on his two jobs.

"When a governor chooses to simultaneously hold two important and time consuming full-time jobs, the citizens must be certain that the governor is attending to the duties for which he was elected,'' McDonnell said. "If I am fortunate enough to serve as Virginia's next governor I will not accept any other full time jobs during my four year term. The governor is Virginia's chief executive, and represents the Commonwealth at all times."

By Anita Kumar  |  July 1, 2009; 11:42 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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