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Ballroom Filling for Deeds Rally

Rosalind Helderman

So it's not exactly the Comcast Center on the eve of the Potomac Primary last February, when 20,000 people showed up in the bitter cold to hear then candidate Barack Obama.

But there's pretty serious energy going in the ballroom of the McLean Hilton, which is rapidly filling as we're about to hit the one-hour mark before the start of tonight's pre-rally. (We're two hours out from tonight's main event, featuring President Obama and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.)

(Editor's Note: Streaming video of the rally will not be available after all. Our apologies.)

The stage is set rally style, backed by an enormous American flag. A cash bar sits oh-so-close, yet oh-so-far from the roped off media section. Soft cocktail party music is playing. The roads on the way in were lined with Deeds/Wagner/Shannon signs, and the parking lot was full of cars with Obama stickers.

There's no sign of protesters here, but one car with a McDonnell sticker also featured a sticker that said "Where's the Birth Certificate?" It just had to be another attendee of this event that had gone with a pen, crossed out the last two words, and wrote in "My Brain."


We now have some early excepts from Deeds' remarks as prepared for delivery. Follow the jump to read.

Excerpts from Creigh Deeds's speech, as prepared for delivery, at tonight's rally with President Obama:

We need to build on what Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have already started here in Virginia -- and what President Obama has the vision to advocate across the nation -- by investing in quality pre-K education for every child.

There's still a lot of room for reform. I strongly support the President's initiatives to expand charter schools--there's no reason Virginia should lag behind on this.

We should make changes that bring innovation and greater accountability to our schools. Changes that ensure our education dollars are being spent wisely and where most needed -- in the classroom.

We have a lot of work to do, but we can make sure every child in Virginia gets the strong public education they're entitled to.

We also need to increase teacher pay to at least the national average. We can't expect excellence if we aren't even willing to pay for average.

And we can't expect to solve the challenges of tomorrow, in energy and technology, if we continue to fall behind the rest of the world in math and science.

We need a Governor who will encourage our teachers to go into math and science education and who will pass a plan to forgive their student loans when those teachers agree to serve in the toughest schools in our most challenging school districts.


On the issue we're talking about today - education - my opponent talks about his support for schools, but he has a long record of opposing funding for public education, school construction and pre-K.And just a few weeks ago, my opponent put forward a transportation plan funded by taking at least $5.4 billion dollars away from public education over the next ten years, by his own estimates.

We can't afford that. We can't afford to take Virginia back.


Before Mark Warner took office, our nation was facing record prosperity. But here in Virginia, we faced a record budget shortfall. Our state government was crippled by ideological leadership that refused to work across party lines. Our triple-A bond rating, plenty of jobs, and the future of our Commonwealth were at stake.

But in the last seven years we found a different way of doing things. And that resulted in Virginia being repeatedly named the most business-friendly state over and over--seven times since Tim Kaine took office. The best state to move your business to. The best state in which to raise a child.


One thing I know as I travel around the Commonwealth is this: Virginians don't want to go back. Virginia can't afford to go back. Virginians want and deserve to move our Commonwealth forward.

That is why I stand here tonight and ask for your continued support to build on that success as we prepare to sprint into the fall campaign.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 6, 2009; 4:49 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Let's watch Deed's numbers fall after this. Obama is starting to have the same negative impact that Bush did in the last election soon.

The birth certificate is still a valid question. The COLB does not prove Obama was born in Hawaii. That information, as Obama has claimed to have lost his original birth certificate, is now only contained in the vault records the State of Hawaii has announced are holding, or in the hospital records where Obama claims to have been born. Obama has refused to sign a release for these documents.

We all know the records are there and are the primary evidence to confirm what Obama has claimed, that he was born in Hawaii. So enough already, Obama produce the proper records and end this.

These records are important because in the 1960's anyone could walk in off the street and register a child and get a birth certificate based solely on their word with no witnesses.

So, do the vault records confirm Obama's statement that he was born in a hospital in Hawaii, or do they say he was born at home without any witnesses. That is the issue that can only be proved by producing the vault records that would name the hospital, or that he was not born in a hospital and further evidence is required.

This is not that hard and is simply a part of the vetting process the Democratic party should have done before they placed his name on the primary ballot.

So there are those that say the COLB is fine for them, and there are those that want to see the actual evidence to confirm Obama's claims. This issue is not going away because we all know the State of Hawaii are holding the records Obama should have produced in the firs place.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | August 6, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

What is this POS afraid of by providing his BIRTH CERTIFICATE, COLLEGE RECORDS and any other pertinent information. Is he worried about lying like he has been doing since the campaign started last year. This clown is just a LYING RACIST POS.

Posted by: otisplumber | August 6, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

This poor fellow should call for press and say he is exchanging his position on the ballot to the Independent Party to distance himself.

The TEA PARTY REVOLT sabatical emptied the IRS coffers of taxable profit.

The voter registration change to the Indpendent party has bled the electoral college dry.

Now the last leg of demand for legal redress is beginning.
Find or begin a recall petition naming every member of the Congress , the Hill, the cabinet, the CZArs, and Obama. Confirm every name is of absolute merit and legal, record the petitions with the local town recordatation office, then file it with a proper recordation location with the Library of Congress.

The use of Joker clowns,looney toones, Micky Mouse and friends for power, and ethics violations can be stopped legally.

The next step enters the majority of the people's will, in signature of re-call properly in recordation at the Library of Congress.

Posted by: dottydo | August 6, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama did produce his birth certificate. I find it hard to believe that people continue to think that he was not born in the US.



Posted by: princesso | August 6, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I appreciate the live blogging but would like to see an update! Thanks for going and for your reporting, guys.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | August 6, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Update? Is everyone sleeping at this rally?

Posted by: JackESpratt | August 6, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama's hidden records and natural born citizenship are legitimate issues.

It's no surprise that Hillary Clinton just went to Kenya to reinforce the cover-up.

I still want answers. Obummer, put up or get out!!!! All he has to do is make the following official public statement,

"I Barack Obama authorize the State of Hawaii to release and make public all of my records on file."

That's it. Issue over. But he won't because he's a fraud!! Obama knows that millions of citizens want to see it yet he continues to hide it. What/why is he hiding? and most disturbingly, why don't BHO's supporters want to know the whole truth, especially since there's a reward of $100,000 for proof that Obama is a "natural born" citizen of the United States.


Posted by: steveb777 | August 6, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

The President made a joke on stage this evening when he said that he needed to figure out how to spell 'Creigh.'

If I can make a suggestion Mr. President, just use his nickname:


Posted by: HigherEducationAdvocate | August 6, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

To HigherEducationAdvocat it's funny how poorly you spell Creigh's nickname is is spelled L-O-S-E-R.... ha!

Posted by: myvws | August 7, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

I want to see Sarah Palin's high school diploma (thanks Bill Maher) and the attendance records from George W. Bush's time with the Alabama Air National Guard.

Posted by: UrbanShocker | August 7, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Hey, princesso, here's a question for you:

Q: How many State of Hawaii officials have confirmed the Certification of Live Birth - that green printout rubberstamped in 2007 on Obama's campaign site -- is an authentic State of Hawaii document?


That's right, ZERO. Hawaii Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino, her spokesperson Janice Okubo, and DOH Registrar Alvin Onaka REFUSE to say for the record that the document Obama said proves he was born in Honolulu was actually generated by the state of Hawaii.

Here's another fact, princesso: There have been at least a dozen suits trying to get that green 2007 printout in a courtroom, but Obama has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in lawyers' fees to keep it out.

Why do you think that is, princesso? He's already got the job. He's got nothing to lose if he's telling the WHOLE truth. So why won't he just tell it? It would be a welcome change from what he's been doing lately.

A Republican senator said this last September: "When you're running for President everything should be public including your full medical records. I believe in the right to privacy but when you're running for President which is such an important job the need of the public to know supercedes it."

Oops, did I say a Republican senator said that? I meant a Democrat Senator, namely Chuck Schumer.

Now, a state senator in Hawaii wants Obama to release the 1961 original and be done with it. And he's also a DEMOCRAT.

Saying "It won't convince them!" is a lame response if he truly wants to end this "distraction." Either show us the proof, or stop whining about being asked for it.

Posted by: LNSmithee | August 7, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

LNSmithee your facts are not facts at all.

Fact: Obama's birth has been confirmed by State officials, unbiased 3rd parties, and private citizens.

Fact: Obama has not spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in lawyer fees. This is just completely off-the-wall nonsense spewed by birthers as "proof he's hiding something"

Fact: Local papers reported his birth. It's online, go look for it.

Fact: Orly is an idiot, and you are a sheep.

Fact: President Obama is the democratically elected, legally appointed, President of the United States. Vetted and confirmed by both Congress, and the Secret Service. Stop the crap

Posted by: steggy321 | August 7, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse


You don't seem to know what a fact is.

Birth has not been confirmed as Hawaiian, they have only confirmed that a certificate is on file, a carefully worded statement, but even so, we would prefer the actual evidence, not weasel words.

The document image (not the actial document) is shown on left wing web sites and not vetted by opposition representatives is just a "Certification of Live Birth." When did we outsource legal document vetting to them?

Certifications of the time were available without actual verification, just personal affifavits.

It is highly suspicious that Obama will NOT release the long form "Certificate (NOT Certification) of Live Birth" that would be far more credible evidence of his native birth, if he has one and if in fact it shows a Hawaiian hospital and doctor who delivered him. What is the big problem with this? Is it merely Obama's overwhelming arrogance, or does he have something to hide? Much of the world wants to know.

I really wasn't suspicious until all of this stonewalling occured. Now, I am very suspicious, as are growing millions and millions of people. The stain on the presidency will not be removed and legitimacy gained, until this and other documents demanded are made public-- travel, passports, visas, school, finance, work, publications, selective service, Social Security, IRS, scholarship applications, criminal investigation, etc.

Posted by: gmiller2 | August 7, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how dumb the general population is. First of all, the Earth revolves around the sun, we landed on the moon (it was not faked), people did not coexist with dinosaurs, and Obama was born in Hawaii.

The birth certificate is one of two things... either it's complete racism or it's just Republicans refusing to let a democrat president try and improve the country and the world. And this whole birther movement needs to be addressed no matter how stupid and absurd it is. Republicans will take anything and make it bigger and bigger til something irrevalant hurts the nation. With Bill Clinton they managed to take a small personal act that had nothing to do with his job and impeach him. Therefore making it harder for Gore to beat Bush. Just imagine if Gore could have used Clinton's credibilities when running. We wouldn't have had W and the world would be a much better place today.

AND, the whole born in the US to be able to be president is an outdated law anyways, why would it matter if he wasn't born in the US? He's the same person either way. Republicans called democrats sore losers for protesting the election of bush in 2000. We all know republicans are hypocrits but this birther movement either the dumbest sore losers I've ever seen or just a very Racist movement of people that just can't stand that a white man isn't running the country.

Posted by: calvinwing | August 10, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

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