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McDonnell Airs Ad Responding to Thesis

Anita Kumar

Republican Bob McDonnell has started airing a new radio ad in Northern Virginia that attacks Democrat Creigh Deeds for attacking what McDonnell wrote in his graduate school thesis two decades ago.

McDonnell's campaign repeatedly has said they are done talking about the thesis, in which he wrote that working women, feminists and homosexuals were detrimental to the traditional family, but apparently that doesn't apply to the ad.

The ad -- which says "Deeds's recent political attacks smack of desperation" -- also mentions that McDonnell raised his daughters to be "strong, independent, successful women, including his oldest who served as a platoon leader in Iraq."

McDonnell's campaign did not announce the ad, as is customary, and did not answer questions about it.

Read the script below:

Female narrator: Creigh Deeds is attacking Bob McDonnell over a decades-old graduate school paper. Editorials say Deeds's recent political attacks smack of desperation and Bob McDonnell had the edge in setting the agenda.

The Washington Post says McDonnell's campaign is focusing on jobs. The Post criticizes Deeds for having no transportation plan, while commending the specificity of McDonnell's transportation proposals.

As attorney general, Bob McDonnell stiffened domestic violence laws and passed the nation's toughest sexual predator laws to protect women and children. Ninety percent of McDonnell's proposals passed with bipartisan support.

As a legislator McDonnell offered child-care support for working moms.

Bob McDonnell's values are found in raising three daughters to be strong, independent, successful women -- including his oldest who served as a platoon leader in Iraq. Bob McDonnell, the problem-solving jobs governor

McDonnell: I'm Bob McDonnell, candidate for governor, and this ad was paid for by McDonnell for Governor.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 8, 2009; 12:20 PM ET
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