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Updated: Deeds Unveils News Ads on Thesis

Anita Kumar

Democrat Creigh Deeds hits the airwaves today with two hard-hitting new TV ads that attack Republican Bob McDonnell on his 20-year-old thesis and social issues, including abortion.

Updated: McDonnell's campaign responds: "With only six weeks to go until election day, it's disappointing that Mr. Deeds continues to wage these negative and false attacks against Bob McDonnell,'' said Crystal Camerson, a McDonnell spokeswoman. "This is just another example of how desperate he is to rally his own base. It's no surprise Mr. Deeds doesn't want to talk about himself --- he has no plan for transportation, supports a cap and trade scheme that will kill Virginia jobs, bragged about being the biggest spender in Richmond, and has said he will a partner for big labor after accepting millions in campaign contributions."

A third ad, also unveiled today, is largely positive, with Deeds speaking about what kind of governor he will be.

We have asked repeatedly but can't seem to get answer on where these ads are airing besides "various markets" around the state, but we do know the two negative ads are airing in Northern Virginia.

Here are the scripts:

Woman #1: Virginians are asking lots of questions about Bob McDonnell's thesis
Woman #2: How old was he when he wrote it?
Woman #1: McDonnell was thirty-four, married and attending Pat Robertson's Law School.
Woman #2: And what did the thesis say about women?
Woman #1: A lot ... abortion should be outlawed and birth control should be restricted -- even for married adults.
Woman #2: Then as a legislator he introduced 35 bills to restrict a women's right to choose.
Woman #1: Learn more ...
Creigh Deeds: I'm Creigh Deeds, candidate for governor, and my campaign sponsored this ad.

"Why Did You?"

Woman: Bob McDonnell, we know what you wrote about working women ...
Woman: ... and we've seen all your ads and heard your excuses.
Woman: But your RECORD troubles me.
Woman: ... 35 bills restricting a woman's choice
Woman: And you opposed birth control for married adults.
Woman: Mr. McDonnell: We've read your words ...
Woman: We've checked your record.

Woman: Why did you vote that way?
Creigh Deeds: I'm Creigh Deeds, candidate for governor, and my campaign sponsored this ad.


Creigh Deeds: When I think of taking Virginia forward, I think of places and people that need jobs and need hope. People just want to raise their families and they just want to make sure that their kids have the opportunity to grow and prosper and build a successful life close to home. I think somebody like me from my part of the state can bring people together to create consensus and do the things that are necessary to create opportunity in every part of Virginia. I love this land. I love the people who live here. I love everything about it.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 21, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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6 weeks before an election and we know 2 things-

McDonnell actually ahs a PLAN that is PAID FOR to address TRNASPOTATION

Deeds, he has a thesis that he wouldn't have known about save his chief campaign aides at the Compost dredging it up for him!

Posted by: fjh3q | September 21, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I love the Opportunity ad and hope we see more like it. With Deeds, I do sense we have a real opportunity for another governor who sees the whole commonwealth and doesn't pit one part of it against another.

Deeds fought for transportation funding for northern Virginia as a rural legislator because he thinks we're the economic engine for the state. He sees the big picture and doesn't just pander to each section like McDonnell, who claims to be "from" about three different areas, all of them not coincidentally vote-rich.

In the end, I think it's better for northern Virginia to be part of the statewide solutions to problems, and to get beyond the NoVA vs. RoVA -- urban vs. rural -- rivalries of the past, which have not helped any part of the state do better.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | September 21, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The below post from fjh3q is the official McTaliban talking points on transportation. Unfortunately, with a little thought you'll find them to be exactly like all of McTaliban's "plan" "full of sound and fury signifying nothing" and one big fat lie.

Posted by: Willis3 | September 21, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, no dice on the claim that McDonnell's transportation plan is "paid for!" There is a very nice imaginary fairy-tale about he thinks he might pay for them, worthy of a storybook!

Sales of the state ABC stores? I don't know about this initiative, but I generally don't think this is the right time to be privatizing things.....besides, this is a one-time revenue generator---what happens after it's spent?

Second, revenue from offshore "oil" drilling (if there's anything there to drill for, it would be natural gas, most likely, not oil) is DECADES away from reality.

Thrid, taking $5B from schools for roads? Sorry, but Virignians are NOT going to buy that either.

So yes, the Post can proclaim "kudos" for the "specificity" but they need to also start assessing the utter lack of a grounding in reality.

Creigh needs to start running some ads that are positive about what he's planning to do and details of his proposals....contrary to what McBlahnell is saying, he does have a's just not condensable into 30-second soundbites, and he isn't talking enough about it. Voters need to get to know the extraordinarily good man that is Creigh Deeds, and he's going to win.

So far, all they're hearing about is his dislike for Bob McDonnell's thesis and how it has framed his entire record as a legislator.

That's good to expose, but you need to give people a taste of YOU as well.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | September 21, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I am so scared about Bob McDonnell becoming governor of this great commonwealth. He would pit parts of the commonwealth against each other again like it was under Gilmore. Virginia does not deserve that and can't afford that.

On top of that his cultural views are completely antagonistic to the majority views in Virginia's urban crescent.

Posted by: FairfaxIsBlue | September 21, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

McDonnell talks about jobs, transportation and energy. Deeds talks about a thesis that's as irrelevant to this race as Webb's essay was to the 2006 Senate race.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | September 21, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

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