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First Click -- Virginia

Amy Gardner

Monday, Sept. 28, 2009

Busy, busy, busy! Our statewide candidates scurried around over the weekend, and many of us scurried after them. Republican Bob McDonnell endured a tough interview with Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday, during which Wallace asked pointed questions about his transportation plan, his support of the Governor's Opportunity Fund and, yes, his thesis. With friends like these...

FOX News invited Democrat Creigh Deeds, but he declined to appear with McDonnell, Wallace said. Instead, Deeds toured Southwest Virginia and appeared before a group of Arab-Americans in Vienna Sunday night, with former Republican Tom Davis serving as McDonnell's proxy. And his campaign has begun holding those book clubs we told you about last week, including this one in Roanoke with the mother of Mayor David Bowers.

Today, McDonnell will appear with U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes in Suffolk (a roundtable on modeling and simulation!); he will also make a policy roll-out with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling in a telephone conference call. Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for attorney general, will hold a press conference in Richmond this morning. We'll keep you informed as events unfold. Deeds is in Northern Virginia today but not for anything public.

In the news over the weekend:

Much as Democratic House candidates are pressing their opponents to take a stand on McDonnell's thesis, the battle between Deeds and McDonnell over taxes has spilled over into a number of House races. Republicans are demanding their Democratic opponents to state whether they agree with Deeds's willingness to sign a tax increase to fund transportation improvements.

The Washington Examiner took a look at how the two campaigns are fighting for Virginia's black vote. And the Washington Times scrutinized Deeds's efforts to fight back against Republican accusations that he's just another tax-and-spend liberal.

McDonnell's wife Maureen took to the hustings on Saturday to defend her husband's graduate school thesis, saying that women are "too smart" to fall for Deeds's efforts to paint the Republican as too conservative for Virginia.

Here's an interesting look at how both campaigns are using social media to win votes.

And finally, we'll leave you with your daily dose of woe regarding the Virginia Information Technologies Agency; this time, it's a look by the Richmond Times-Dispatch on whether views on privatization are shifting as a result of the failures of the state's largest contract in history.

By Amy Gardner  |  September 28, 2009; 6:43 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , First Click  
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Comments

I see the post had not one story on the Gov's race in Sunday's Edition. Seems like when the news is bad for Deeds they don't run a story. Deeds shots himself in the foot on Raising Taxes and No news story. Pathetic coverage continues. Seems like Amy is trying her best to get Deeds elected. No bias here.

Posted by: espnfan | September 28, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

espnfan, perhaps you were distracted by all the NFL games. We ran this story about McDonnell's and Deeds's legislative records.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/26/AR2009092602516.html

Christopher Dean Hopkins
Deputy Editor, Local Politics and Government

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | September 28, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

The VA Republican Party sent out an advertisement with McDonnell's daughter Jeanine in uniform with a backdrop of buildings in Iraq. Even though she is not in the Army anymore, using a soldier in a political ad with a clearly identifiable security badge, rank, unit patch is illegal. The Republican party apparantly has no counsel to advise what is right and wrong.

Posted by: drissner | September 28, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell did better than "endure" a tough Fox News interview. He actually had good answers to all the questions, even the ones about the thesis.

I doubt Creigh Deeds would do even half as well if grilled by Chris Wallace.

Posted by: VirginiaIndependent | September 28, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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