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Deeds on Obama: 'Yes, He Will.'

Rosalind Helderman

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.)

By Rosalind Helderman  |  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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I really liked what Deeds said in the same interview about Obama's Nobel Peace Prize, also. Given the round-up of reactions today, I'm surprised the Post didn't include it (or McDonnell's, assuming he has commented).

This column should really include a link to the audio, but in meantime, you can hear the whole session on WTOP's website. Go under Listen and then The Politics Program and select today's one-hour interview with Deeds. You can also listen to past segments on the same show with McDonnell and with Deeds in the primary.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | October 9, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Dirty Deeds: If you don't close that gap son, your chances of getting Obama are worse than the Dalai Lama's..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 9, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

To Mr. Deeds:

I watched your interview on Channel 8 on Thursday evening. I heard your words and saw your lips moving but I was not really inspired. Today, people are having all sorts of issues, namely -
1. Foreclosed houses - can be rented or rented back to the owners at a lower cost - this will give the owner an opportunity to save and perhaps rebuy his/her home.
2. College tuition - ask the Whitehouse to fund part tuitions or allow students attending in state schools to work in a voluntary program for credits off their tuitions
3. School - create a volunteer program made up of retired people to help the schools or classroom teachers. Solict the older people to become mentors for the young people.
4. Working people - can not afford a nursery then have a group of retired people to voluntary some time to baby sit the young children while the parents are in school or at work.
5.Crime and drugs - increase the police force, ask the National Guard to work with the police force to combat gang activities and drugs. Ask churches to help by setting up a mentoring program for the problemed children.
6. Help the drop out students get a high school diploma while learning a trade. This school should have no age limit.
7. Be an advocate for environmental changes - preserve the wetlands, swamps, and clean air.

But most of all think before you speak, be respectful and speak from your heart. Be a little forceful! The Democratic party need to believe in you.

Finally, organize your people so they can pick up people to get them to the polls. Have plenty of young supports and supply them with vans to transport people to the polls.

Posted by: sun52shine | October 9, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Mr/s sun52shine, thank you for such a thoughtful post.

Posted by: Willis3 | October 9, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

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