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First Click-Virginia

Rosalind Helderman

Aug. 6, 2009
Good morning. Here's what's doing in politics across the Commonwealth today.

It's Obama day. Or rather the day of Obama evening. The president will appear at a rally with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds at the McLean Hilton this evening at 7 p.m. Just before, he'll address a smaller crowd at a closed fundraiser. For all the fretting lately about Obama's dropping approval numbers, the man did get 1.7 million votes in Virginia just eight months ago. This won't be his last trip to Virginia before November. (Did we say 1.7 million? Apologies. That should be *1.96* million votes.)

Republican Bob McDonnell will get a national stage on which to respond Saturday, as he delivers the response to Obama's weekly radio/youtube video address.

As the candidates make forays onto the national stage, some inconsistencies on both sides about how federal issues should play in the race. Deeds says the race is not about them, and then talks about George Bush. McDonnell says candidates should take stands on what's going on in Washington, but has now ducked a question about whether Judge Sotomayor should be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Deeds thinks she should.

Terry McAuliffe is back, using his email list (said to include 75,000 names) to fire off an email urging supporters to sign a petition demanding an apology for RPV chairman Pat Mullins' welfare comment. That Mullins comment looks like it's the gift that will keep on giving to Democrats for a while.

Deeds was in Bristol yesterday, pushing for more funding for the Governor's Opportunity Fund and noting that McDonnell, who advocates the same, has previously voted to cut the fund. McDonnell is on Deeds again about debates. The Republican wants seven, Deeds has agreed to four.

The big news out of Richmond was Gov. Tim Kaine's announcement yesterday that state budget revenues will be off between $700 and $1.5 billion. Think the rest stop closures have been painful? The cutting's just beginning. Kaine will slash budgets by Labor Day.

Kaine holds a news conference today to make what his office is terming an "important announcement" for 1:30 p.m.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 6, 2009; 7:13 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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