Deeds on Obama: 'Yes, He Will.'
Will President Obama be back in Virginia before the Nov. 3 election? The Deeds campaign has spent days saying that they would love to see the president and believe he and the Democratic National Committee will be helpful in the final weeks of the governor's race. But everyone's been careful not to say that Obama will definitely be back, with no date yet offered by the White House.
Until this morning. Asked by Mark Plotkin on WTOP if President Obama will campaign for him, Deeds responded, "Yes, he will." Plotkin then asked where Obama will appear and Deeds answered, "I don't know that yet. I know he will be back in Virginia before Nov. 3."
Finally, Plotkin asked whether Deeds would like Obama to come more then once. "Absolutely, I'll take the president as often as I can get him."
So Obama is definitely coming back then? Here's what Deeds' senior adviser Mo Elleithee had to say about the question, after the interview. He says the White House is fully engaged in the effort, noting that Vice President Biden was at an event yesterday, and said Biden would come back as often as necessary. But Elleithee says only that the campaign is "optimistic" Obama will be back and there are no details yet for such a visit.
If the visit is not yet nailed down, Deeds's comments might put him in a tricky spot. For one, the White House might not appreciate Deeds saying the president is definitely coming if the event is not yet solid. For another, Deeds will be reminded of the comment if Obama does not, in fact, materialize. (Of course, if Obama writes off the Deeds campaign so publicly, today's Plotkin comments will be the least of the Democrat's troubles.)
October 9, 2009; 11:49 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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