President Tells His Backers To Get 'Fired Up' for Deeds
The first Democratic president to win Virginia in more than four decades encouraged his supporters Thursday night to return to the polls in November and elect Democrat R. Creigh Deeds governor.
President Obama met first with about 200 of Deeds's top donors and then rallied with about 1,500 cheering, sign-waving Deeds supporters in a ballroom at the McLean Hilton Tysons Corner.
Obama said Sen. Mark Warner and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, both Democrats, had created a tradition of pragmatic, bipartisan leadership that helped the state weather the economic recession better than others.
"That's not just a stroke of good luck here in the state of Virginia," the president told the crowd. "It's because you stood up and chose that kind of politics. . . . Now you've got the chance to keep moving forward with someone who's cut from the same cloth, somebody who has that same vision for the commonwealth: Creigh Deeds."
Christopher Dean Hopkins
August 7, 2009; 1:18 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman
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