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McDonnell Airs Transportation Ad

Amy Gardner

Republican Robert F. McDonnell began airing a TV ad in Northern Virginia today contrasting his transportation plan with that of his Democratic opponent, R. Creigh Deeds. Or, more accurately, taking credit for having a transportation plan at all.

Here's the ad script, helpfully furnished by the McDonnell campaign: "The Washington Post says Creigh Deeds has not even bothered to formulate much of a transportation plan. On road funding Deeds' approach is as politically expedient as it is irresponsible. Deeds' approach to transportation funding is to sidestep the subject. Bob McDonnell's transportation plan deserves credit for the extent and specificity of its proposals like selling state liquor stores to invest a half billion dollars to widen I-66, improve I-95 and expand metro to Dulles. I'm Bob McDonnell, candidate for governor, and my campaign sponsored this ad."

Deeds spokesman Jared Leopold responded that the ad conveniently leaves out details from those same editorials, which also criticized some of McDonnell's proposals.

"The two editorials that he cited both attacked his plan as not having solutions and being unrealistic," Leopold said.

By Amy Gardner  |  September 17, 2009; 2:25 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Robert F. McDonnell  
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$500 million won't pay for the existing maintenance needed on I-66 and 95 as much as expansion. McDonnell must literally think that Northern Virginians are dumb if he thinks they will accept such a ridiculous proposal.

Posted by: JamesEMartin | September 17, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This Washington Post article should link to the actual editorial(s) being quoted. They are a matter of public record and there's no reason not to link to them.

As I recall, the editorials took a "shame on both candidates" approach, saying negative things about both McDonnell (for relying disingenouslys on revenue sources that have been soundly defeated in the past and have no realistic chance today) and Deeds (as quoted in the TV spot) and urging both McDonnell and Deeds to do more about transportation.

Quoting half of that "on the one hand, on the other hand" pox on both their houses text and omitting the other half, leaves McDonnell wide open for a counterpunch from the Deeds team about the part McDonnell apparently failed to read. More important, it shows once again that he simply isn't being straightforward in this campaign. Surely there are more honest lines of attack and difference that would citizens better.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | September 17, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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