First Click -- Virginia
Fri., Sept. 4, 2009
Happy Friday, Virginia! Here's what's happening in politics across the Commonwealth today.
At a press conference otherwise designed to keep Republican Bob McDonnell's 1989 thesis at the center of the gubernatorial campaign, Democrat Creigh Deeds told reporters Thursday that he, too, has changed some of his views over the past 20 years. You wouldn't know it from new Democratic radio ads, but that's the what McDonnell has said about the document, that it represents views he has changed since he wrote it two decades ago.
In particular, Deeds has called himself a "work in progress" regarding the state's gay marriage amendment, which he voted to put on the 2006 ballot but then campaigned against.
McDonnell has a new ad out as well, called "Positive Leadership." It emphasizes his middle-class roots, his training in the army, his happy family -- including his army vet daughter -- and, oh yes, his working mother.
McDonnell greets voters this morning at a pancake house in Norfolk. Deeds has a busy day in Northern Virginia, where events include visiting the region's largest mosque with Sen. Jim Webb.
Post metro columnist Bob McCartney introduces a new weekly feature today called the Scorecard. Take a look.
Opinion writers from around the commonwealth continue to weigh in on the thesis. The Richmond Times-Dispatch's editorial board muses on whether McDonnell can feel Justice Sonia Sotomayor's pain. The Daily Press ed board says the paper provides a context for viewing the former attorney general but that the election will not hinge on social issues. The paper's columnist Tamara Dietrich argues that McDonnell's record matches the ideas put forward in the document. And the New York Times ed page bemoans the lack of moderates in the Virginia GOP because of the incident.
The season of the health care town hall is coming to a close, but there were two major ones in Virginia Thursday. In Richmond, U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D) defended the public option in front of a packed and divided crowd.
In Fredericksburg, Sen. Mark Warner was more cautionary about a public option and said reform will take years.
Loudoun County has joined a handful of school districts in saying it does not plan to air a speech by President Obama urging kids to stay in school. Some conservatives have said the speech, which will be broadcast live from an Arlington high school, is an attempt to indoctrinate.
Have a good weekend everyone!
September 4, 2009; 7:13 AM ET
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