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Daily Virginia Roundup

Rosalind Helderman

Aug. 4, 2009
Good morning. Here's what's doing in politics across the Commonwealth today.

Federal prosecutors in Virginia are quietly but vigorously lobbying for the chance to try big name terror suspects in Alexandria. Bob McDonnell says no thanks. No word yet from Gov. Tim Kaine, who has previously said he has faith in President Obama's handling of the issue or from Creigh Deeds, who has in the past called Gitmo prisoners in Virginia a "bad idea." That's one to watch.

Deeds, conveniently still on his tour of rural "Deeds Country," says McDonnell "doesn't get" rural Virginia because of a comment by McDonnell's party chairman Pat Mullins that some college students in Wise preferred welfare to work. Also because he supports Bush economic policies. The GOP says Deeds doesn't get rural Virginia because he supports Obama economic policy.

Give this to the folks at Public Policy Poll. They do a good job at building excitement before they release their polls. From PPP teases, we know today's--out at 11 a.m.--will show McDonnell with a big lead over Deeds. (PPP conducts its polling using recorded voice interviewing, meaning respondents puch their answers into their phones and do not speak with a live interviewer. This methodology is the subject of much controversy in the survey research field so take their results with a large grain of salt).

The "Deeds Country" tour continues as does the blog scrum on the left about whether this rural swing is a good idea in a suburbanizing state.

McDonnell today speaks at an education conference in Richmond and does an online video chat with the RTD.

Kaine has turned down a request from families of Va Tech victims to reconvene the investigatory panel that reviewed the incident. His response is gentle and he has assured families corrections they seek are being made to the report produced by the panel. But it's a tough spot to be on the opposite side of Tech families.

Today Kaine holds a news conference about infant mortality. His office has hinted he'll be announcing good news so, given the topic, it's good to assume the rate is likely down.

Republican former Sen. John Warner had kind words for sitting Democratic Sen. Jim Webb at a ceremony at GMU yesterday as Webb's updated GI Bill took effect. President Obama was on hand as well.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 4, 2009; 7:15 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , James Webb , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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It's August and active Dems in NoVA I know haven't received a single phone call, request to volunteer, or piece of literature from Deeds. At the very least, phone calls to line up hard core volunteers should have been made at this point. Lining up bloggers and electeds is one thing, but outreach is about a lot more than that.

Posted by: ChrisD4 | August 4, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

The "Deeds Country" tour is a good idea for the Deeds campaign. Virginia may be a surbanizing state, but we can't forget the voters who live in rural areas. We are still a part of the electorate too. NOVA, Hampton Roads and Richmond may be vote rich, but small town America deserves a voice too. Deeds is the type of Democrat that can win these areas. Personally, I find it refreshing that Deeds is swinging through the rural part of the state. It's a nod to Virginia's past while acknowledging the future. Deeds is a man in touch with his roots. He knows who he is and where he comes from. That is a wonderful quality to have. Not many people will openly say how much they love their neck of the woods. As a rural Democrat, I admire Deeds for swinging through the rural parts of this great Commonwealth.

Posted by: Hilliary | August 4, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Deeds is "conveniently" still on his pre-planned visit to rural Virgina? I don't get that. Are you hinting Deeds is hiding from something? If so, please spell it out.

Posted by: TheGreenMiles | August 4, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Nobody that I know is knocking Deeds for visiting rural Virginia. I am knocking his campaign for their lack of substantive outreach. They are taking certain parts of the state for granted, esp. NoVA, and esp. reaching out to the folks that actually go door to door and make calls for people... many of those people supported Moran or McAuliffe and haven't heard anything from the Deeds campaign. That is a huge problem because they aren't just going to be "turned on" and ready to mobilize for him.

Posted by: ChrisD4 | August 4, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Deeds is the one that doesn't get rural VA. He's supposed to have been representing them for over a decade and what has he done to make anything better out there? What has he done to create a single job in rural VA? Other than castrating pigs, doesn't sound like he's accomplished anything.

Also, find it interesting that Obama was in Virginia again but Creigh refuses to be seen with him, even on a slam dunk veterans education issue. Apparently he only wants the Pres to come to fundraise with lobbyists for him.

Posted by: OldVirginian | August 4, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Hi, after viewing the debate a couple of weeks ago between Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell, I believe Senator Deeds has three things going against him in his quest to become Governor of Virginia:

First, he may be a few years too late in running because he seems to be stuck on criticizing former President George W. Bush, who has not run for office in almost five years and has no intention of running for Governor of Virginia this year.

Second, he’s stuck with having to try to ignore Federal policies such as cap and trade, card check, etc., of President Barack Obama and the Democrat-Controlled U.S. Congress. He seems to imply that those Federal policies will have no effect on Virginians, and I think most of us know better.

Third, he’s stuck in a hard race with Bob McDonnell, an experienced, classy, and bright leader.

Senator Deeds is a good man, but he’s stuck on a Bush, and stuck between Barack and a hard race.

Posted by: VirginianforFreedom | August 4, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

This years will be a referenduem on President Obama and his agenda. So far, as I can see, it doesn't look to good for the Democrats this year. The luck will run out this year for the democrats. this year might turn around for the republicans.
Remember since the Jimmy Carter (D) Presidential Election (1976), the party that wins the White House, the following year the opposite party gets elected to the Virginia Governorship.

Carter (D) 1976-President elect
Dalton (R) 1977 VA Governor elect

Reagan (R) 1980 and 84' President elect
Robb and Balilies 81' and 85 VA' Governor

Bush Sr. (R) 1988 President elect
Wilder (D) 1989 VA Governor elect

Clinton (D) 1992 and 96' President Elect
Allen and Gilmore (R) 93' and 97 VA Gov.

Bush Jr. 2000 and 04' President Elect
Warner and Kaine (D) 01' and 05' VA Gov.

Obama (D) 2008 President elect
McDonnell (R) 2009 VA Governor Elect? Maybe?

Posted by: ehs2002 | August 4, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

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