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College Dems Bus in For Deeds

Rosalind Helderman

The Wolverines have arrived for Democrat Creigh Deeds.

Among about 100 canvassers who rallied with Deeds at the Mason District Park amphitheater in Annandale on this rainy afternoon were 30 students from the college Democrats at the University of Michigan. The group is spending their fall break knocking doors for Deeds.

A recent Washington Post poll showed that young voters appeared likely to make up a smaller portion of the electorate this year than in last year's presidential election, when they comprised 20 percent of the electorate. But Sam Marvin, 21, a senior at the University of Michigan, said his group hopes to help get Obama voters engaged for Deeds.

"It's about mobilizing those people. They would vote for him. I don't think there's anyone out there who would vote for Obama and not vote for Mr. Deeds. But it's about making sure they understand this is an important race too," said Marvin, who grew up in Fredericksburg before moving with his family to Kalamazoo.

"We've got a lot of young kids--freshmen, sophomores. They're going to be wet, they're going to be cold, but it's an experience they'll remember," Marvin said, as members of his group began lining up under soaked card-board signs assigning them to different Fairfax neighborhoods.

Deeds concluded a busy day of events through Northern Virginia this evening with a event on the campus of Mary Washington University, as he works to rekindle the energy of last year's push and overcome what polls have shown is a sizable lead by Republican Bob McDonnell.

Deeds started Saturday attending services at Beth-El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, then met with teachers at the Virginia Education Association office in Fairfax City before heading to Rubio's Palenque Restaurant.

He addressed the group Ethiopians for Change, which was launched to elect Obama last year and endorsed Deeds' effort after his speech. He ate Pho noodles with Vietnamese voters at the Eden Center shopping center in Falls Church and revved up the soggy door knockers in Annandale.

Deeds told the groups that he would govern in the mold of Kaine and former governor Sen. Mark Warner (D). He said he would make fixing the region's transportation woes an urgent priority but would not divert money from education to do so. He promised more affordable higher education and talked up a plan to offer a tax credit to any business that creates a job.

He was accompanied through much of the day by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and lieutenant governor candidate Jody Wagner. Attorney general candidate Steve Shannon joined the group at Mary Washington University.

At a midday forum with Ethiopian voters at a Falls Church restaurant, Kaine said that one of the reasons he backs Deeds is that the Democrat would be "solid worker, supporter, partner of the president as he tries to tackle the tough challenges this nation faces."

Deeds annoyed some Democrats when he declined to label himself an "Obama Democrat" at a recent debate. But Kaine told the crowd that Deeds supports Obama--and reminded them that McDonnell had opposed Obama receiving an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame.

"Remember, there are people who don't want him to succeed. There are folks who candidly say, we pray that he fails. There are folks who will yell out in the halls of Congress, and call the president a liar," Kaine said. "There are folks out who are really pushing back and do not want this president to succeed. And one of the things this race is about is whether the governor of Virginia continues to be somebody who supports the president and will work with the president or whether we go in a different direction and we put someone in office that opposes the president."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 17, 2009; 5:17 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Sad that he had to bus in out of state kids to help.

As for his ethnic community outreach, Deeds is too little too late. Most Vietnamese Americans are for Bob Mcdonnell ( there are so many stores at Eden Center with Mcdonnell signs. Deeds had to look real hard to find one that didn't to visit.

Posted by: binghe | October 17, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

These kids don’t truly understand the ramifications of tax policies on the economy until they cut the apron strings from their parents and earn a living that pays for their keep.

That understanding isn’t truly learned until they personally see their hard earned tax dollars squander of frivolous pet projects and wasted ideas.

The Republican Party has a name for these kids when that understanding is finally learned . . . they’re called Young Republicans.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | October 18, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

So the VA Democrats couldn't get students in UVA, W&M, and JMU to stump for them. I wonder how quickly these Wolverines will realize how pitiful Deeds is and go back to Michigan.

Posted by: Drumfire | October 18, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I found the Eden Center photos, looks like Deeds got the cold shoulder for his lack of originality.

Posted by: bettylin | October 18, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Deeds not only brings in MI students, but he will also bring the same economic policies that have helped Michigan boom. Oh...

Posted by: OldVirginian | October 18, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

WeThePeopleofVirginia: even though this was in a forum on health care reform, the argument in the following link responds well to your argument.

Should start as "An e-mail forward of uncertain provenance: ..."

Posted by: joeseph | October 19, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

It is disheartening to see some of the commenters above grossly generalize the role the student constituency plays in American society. Many of us, including myself, do work jobs in order to cover the rising costs of college. I pay taxes and vote; to have my active participation in the political process mocked is something I find deeply disturbing. Our constituency is not necessarily one of apathetic young souls, as many tend to believe. We care about the world we live in - we keep up on the news, some of us study these policies in-depth. (So, yes, many of us do indeed understand the "ramifications of tax policy"!)

Instead, I applaud the Michigan students for traveling to Virginia and campaigning for an effort they they feel passionate about. Everyone says today's students are tomorrow's leaders; it's refreshing to see them making a personal investment in that future.

Posted by: onlynina | October 19, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

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