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First Click - Virginia

Amy Gardner

Good morning, folks!

The gubernatorial candidates are quiet today, but their campaigns and supporting casts -- not so much. Two weeks before Labor Day, the ad wars have officially begun. Here's one from Democrat R. Creigh Deeds, and here's news from the Republican Governors Association.

Deeds has one appearance tonight: a visit with supporters in Staunton at the Mill Street Grill restaurant. Republican Robert F. McDonnell has no public gigs today.

McDonnell picked up another endorsement yesterday, this one from the Virginia chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

And the Associated Press's Bob Lewis reports that McDonnell has pledged to take a pay cut if elected governor.

Sen. Jim Webb visited Norfolk yesterday for a private talk with business leaders and a visit to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, but he's yet to venture out to talk to voters about health care reform. And Rep. Tom Perriello (D) said he would support a plan with no public option.

Here's an interesting video posted on YouTube by someone called leftofthehill and taken outside Tuesday's health care town hall in Reston with Rep. Jim Moran and former DNC chairman Howard Dean. Nothing like a little political theater from Randall Terry to liven things up a bit.

Finally, former senator John Warner reminisced yesterday about his early clashes - and later friendship - with the late Ted Kennedy.

That's all for today, folks. Happy Thursday!

By Amy Gardner  |  August 27, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , First Click  
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