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A McCain-McDonnell Event on the Horizon?

Rosalind Helderman

Will Arizona senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain be headlining a rally for gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell sometime soon? Maybe.

While shaking hands at a fall festival in Manassas today, McDonnell told a voter that McCain would be holding a veteran's rally for him.

But asked about McCain shortly after, McDonnell sounded less certain. He said McCain, who held a fundraiser for McDonnell back in March, told him months ago he was interested in holding an rally for veterans, likely in Hampton Roads, but there is no date.

"I know we were working on that," he said. He promised his staff would be back in touch to provide the "straight scoop" on any event.

"I must have misspoken on that," he added.

McDonnell spent more than an hour and half walking among the booths of the festival, shaking hands and greeting voters. He was greeted enthusiastically by many and his volunteers had pretty well blanketed the crowd with McDonnell stickers, as well as stickers for local Republican Del. Jackson Miller, who is running for reelection.

The GOP had a busy table to hand out literature and stickers smack in the main row of festivals booths. The Democrats also had a booth, on a quieter side street where they said they were assigned by festival organizers. They said they too were well received by festival goers but their balloons and stickers were far less in evidence in the crowd.

Among those greeting McDonnell was J. Steven Randolph, the only non-Republican on the Manassas City Council. Randolph, an independent, said he voted for President Obama last year but said that within the last two weeks had decided to support McDonnell for governor.

"I think he has the plan for job growth and transportation that will help places like Manassas," Randolph said. Randolph said he respected Deeds but added, "It's important if you're going to raise taxes, that you tell people that's what you're going to do and not waffle back and forth."

McDonnell, meanwhile, slammed Democratic Gov. Timothy Kaine over the pace of the spending of stimulus dollars on transportation in Virginia, the subject of a letter to the state Friday from the Democratic head of the U.S. House transportation committee.

"I think in part Governor Kaine's been traveling around the country campaigning for Democrats for eight months and it appears on this and a number of other things he was not paying the attention he should as governor," said McDonnell in Manassas. His campaign put out a statement on the issue not long after.

Kaine said in a response letter Friday that Virginia has met its obligations in spending federal money and uses a process that involves more public input than other states.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 3, 2009; 3:40 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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If McDonnell wants to win, he needs to treat McCain as most people would a rattlesnake.

McCain is not particularly well thought of by veterans either. In fact, in his home state, it's likely he will not be returned to the senate after his present term is over.

McCain is out of date, not current with new realities in the world, and hasn't ever done much for the state.

He's history!

Posted by: surfer-joe | October 3, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

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