McDonnell, Deeds: Works in Progress?
During the primary, Creigh Deeds was criticized by his Democratic opponents for having changed his views on hot-button issues, including same-sex marriage and background checks for gun buyers. (His favorite expression at the time was "Each of us is a work in progress.")
Now, months later, Republican Bob McDonnell says he has changed his views on whether women should work outside the home and other issues he explored as a graduate student two decades ago.
But the Deeds' campaign has attacked him every day this week (including again today) for views he longer says he holds.
So why is that any different than Deeds' changing mind? Well, we asked him.
Deeds said at a press conference today at the state Capitol in Richmond that he doesn't actually believe McDonnell has changed his mind. "His record throughout his period of public service is consistent with the thesis,'' he said. Now you can say you've changed your mind today but the record doesn't go away."
Deeds appeared with dozens of female supporters who denounced McDonnell's views. Meanwhile, his campaign released statistics on women (7,846 women are the principal operators of farms in the state, 157,100 Virginia companies were owned by women in 2002, etc.)
"I think we are all evolving as we live this life,'' Deeds said. But, he said, McDonnell's thesis is important because he has not strayed from it.
"The point of the case we have to make ... [is] Bob McDonnell wrote it when he was 34 years old ... and throughout his public career, he has implemented different parts of the thesis,'' he said. "This thesis provides context to his legislative record."
So if the thesis was so important, why didn't the Deeds campaign look for it at the Regent University library in 2005 when he was running against McDonnell for attorney general?
"I wish I had known about in 2005,'' Deeds laughed. "It probably would have been worth a few hundred votes. I guess we didn't look. I guess the research guy in 2005 needs to be reprimanded."
September 3, 2009; 4:10 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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