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Get to Know Your Candidates

Rosalind Helderman

Happy weekend, Virginia!

As part of our continuing series "Get to Know Your Candidates," we are occasionally posing more personal and lighthearted questions to Virginia's gubernatorial candidates. Today's edition, inspired we'll admit by intriguing news from Maryland: How did you propose marriage to your wife?

Deeds said he and wife Pam decided informally just a few months after meeting as freshmen in college that they would marry.

"It didn't take long to figure out it was a good match," he said. "It was chemistry, I guess."

The big day itself didn't come for another three years, while they were each living in Richmond while Deeds saved money for law school. They married on his grandparents' 51st anniversary.
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Crystal Cameron, spokeswoman for Bob McDonnell, relayed this story about his proposal to wife Maureen:

First he wrote a letter to her around the time of his 21st birthday. Bob was away at Army ROTC camp at Fort Riley. Maureen was in Vienna, Austria with the State Department. He was afraid and wasn't sure what her answer would be so he didn't want to ask her in person the first time. He decided to write her a letter.

When he got back from Fort Riley and she got back from Austria, couple of months later he asked her again in person. She said yes both times.


By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 22, 2009; 9:58 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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