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McDonnell Unveils Proposal, Avoids Thesis Talk

Anita Kumar

Bob McDonnell, joined by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, unveiled the fourth part of his education plan (yes, fourth!) -- designed to boost money for schools by $480 million a year -- in Alexandria this afternoon. And no, he's not proposing a tax increase.

Instead, McDonnell and Bolling want to shift money from administration to the classroom by an average of 4 percent, so that 65 percent of education dollars will go to the classroom. Some schools already do that, but the proposal would be implemented statewide.

"Our children will get the best education by having the best teachers, best textbooks and best technology, not excessive administration and bureaucracy,'' McDonnell said. We need to put education funding in the classroom, where it counts."

McDonnell tried to steer attention away from the uproar over his 20-year-old thesis, but that was difficult. He was greeted at T.C. Williams High School by reporters who peppered him with questions. For the second day in a row, McDonnell, who was surrounded by female supporters carrying pink "Women for McDonnell" signs, was prepared for the onslaught .

"Listen, this campaign to me is not about a 20-year-old thesis," he said. "This campaign is about who's got the best ideas about jobs and the economy and transportation and education. These are the things people all over Virginia have told me that they care about."

By Anita Kumar  |  September 1, 2009; 6:06 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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I think to clear the air, Mr. McDonnell needs to make a definitive statement of his views on women, gays and abortion. As a working woman, I know that my views since 1989 have only become more entrenched and clear. If in fact you support the rights of gays and women, we need to hear that right now. No hedging or flip flopping Mr. McDonnell. Let's see if you have the courage of your convictions or if you, along with many in your party swing whichever way the wind blows. We are waiting and don't give us, "well views change" routine. WHAT ARE YOUR REAL VIEWS NOW! State them CLEARLY for ALL to hear.

Posted by: ojibwawife | September 1, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell was thirty four years old when he wrote his thesis.

Let's face it, he's against working women.

How else do we support our families?

McDonnell is bad for Virginia.

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | September 1, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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