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First Click -- Virginia

Amy Gardner

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009

Happy Autumn, Virginia! And Happy Season of the Television Ad Blitz. Democrat Creigh Deeds is off to the races with, count 'em, three new TV spots -- two of them hitting Republican Bob McDonnell on his graduate school thesis, and the third showcasing Deeds's supreme comfort in the rolling farmland of Bath County.

The blitz tells us that Deeds is staking his campaign on recent polling information showing that McDonnell's thesis, which criticizes the role of working women on families, is a potential dealbreaker for voters, especially women -- if only he can reach them. It also makes clear that this race is going to be a mudfest from this day forward. Expect McDonnell not to sit back for too long; that same polling data shows the Republican with an advantage among voters when it comes to dealing with the economy, transportation and the state budget crisis.

Today, McDonnell and Deeds will appear in Williamsburg at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium, and again tonight at Virginia Union University in Richmond. But don't expect a photo opportunity of the two men arm in arm; according to the McDonnell campaign, Deeds requested a change in format at the Richmond appearance so that the two will not appear together on stage. Deeds folks say the appearance was never billed as a debate, so a back-to-back format was appropriate.

President Obama has gotten involved in the Virginia governor's race, calling former Virginia governor Doug Wilder to urge him to endorse Deeds. Wilder told reporters he will make an announcement regarding an endorsement later this week.

Congressmen Eric Cantor (R) and Bobby Scott (D) showed a Richmond-area crowd yesterday that public meetings on health care can remain civil.

And a novel idea from the beleaguered Virginia Information Technologies Agency to its contractor, Northrup Grumman: Please control costs.

By Amy Gardner  |  September 22, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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"that same polling data shows the Republican with an advantage among voters when it comes to dealing with the economy, transportation and the state budget crisis"

Well, then, apparently Deeds has an education job to do with the voters on those issues as well, because if anyone believes the funding proposals of McDonnell are credible, then there's a bridge in Brooklyn....

And if anyone believes that the "free lunch" crowd running the budget will be good for Virginia (think Jim Gilmore-like governance) then they are sorely mistaken...

And sorry, but tax cuts DO NOT create jobs! Investment, creativity, and technology create jobs!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | September 22, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

The Commonwealth of Virginia has been rapidly phasing out support of higher education. It has cut funding to all state universities up to 15% for 3 or 4 years in a row. The support has dwindled to practically nothing. If Republicans have their way, it will be at $0 in no time at all. McDonnell's approach to transportation is to use the remaining funds for education to pay for it.

Why is this bad and why is higher education so important? Consider this:

1. A highly-educated work force will acquire better paying jobs. These workers will pay more in taxes, buy more made-in-Virginia goods and services and form new businesses that bring innovation and jobs to the state.

The Republicans would rather get elected on a mindless "no tax" pledge that really translates into a barren "no investment" reality.

2. A population of citizens who possess advanced educational degrees commits far fewer crimes. Funding education means we don't have to pay to arrest and house violent criminals.

3. Research conducted at Virginia state universities benefits every Virginian whether it means better medicines, better laws, cleaner environments and less dependence on foreign oil. And yes, more jobs.

If anyone thinks that more jobs will come to Virginia if the Republican slash-and-burn educational policies continue, then they badly need education.

If anyone thinks McDonnell, with his selfish, short-sighted free lunch proposals will bring jobs, they are sadly delusional.

Posted by: thuff7 | September 22, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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