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Deeds v. McDonnell on Politico

Amy Gardner

Democrat R. Creigh Deeds and Republican Robert F. McDonnell faced off -- well, sort of; they were taped separately in back-to-back interviews -- at a forum moderated by WJLA's Leon Harris and Politico's John Harris and broadcast live tonight.

The two Harrises touched on all the usual subjects -- transportation, taxes, the thesis -- and the two candidates offered all the usual answers. But there were a few interesting moments.

Deeds was shown a video from a similar forum in during the Democratic primary in which he said he was "itchin'" to debate McDonnell in the fall -- and then he was asked why he agreed only to a forum with consecutive instead of joint appearances.

"I do not control the schedule at all," Deeds offered as a defense. Really?

McDonnell, meanwhile, was asked not only to defend his 20-year-old thesis, but to explain the fact that he had a conservative voting record in the General Assembly.

"I didn't," he said.

Finally, the hosts had some fun asking a few more frivolous questions, such as:

Should Jim Zorn be fired? Deeds: No. McDonnell: No comment.

Do you TiVo: No.

Do you watch Tom DeLay on Dancing With the Stars? No.

Do you Twitter? Yes.

Do you own an iPod? McDonnell: No. Deeds: Yes. What's on your iPod? Little Feat, Grateful Dead, other '60s and '70s rock.

To watch the show, click here.

By Amy Gardner  |  October 6, 2009; 7:42 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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I assume this paraphrase doesn't do justice to the interviewer's question:

"explain the fact that he had a conservative voting record in the General Assembly.

"I didn't," he said. "

McDonnell's answer makes no sense. His politics and his plans are conservative without a question. Why should he try to hide his record? It couldn't be that he was only distancing himself to try to get elected could it? I'm sure some conservative Virginian could come out and explain why they find McDonnell too "left wink" but I doubt if he could make a convincing case.

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | October 7, 2009 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Deeds is afraid to debate the man. What more do you need to know?

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 7, 2009 6:48 AM | Report abuse

A "drill baby drill" solution for energy problems and a widening of existing roads within the beltway, are not what I'd call sound suggestions. They sound like the typical business as Republican as usual whistling in the dark answers to pressing problems. Where exactly "off-shore" does McDonnell plan to subsidize oil exploration? Virginia Beach? Off the Atlantic coast? Play Misty for me.

As for the plan for new toll roads. That was a mistake before and would be in the future. A dual road system to go with a dual education and dual health system: sounds like a recipe for the old "separate but equal" policies of the past, or is it just one road for the rich, one for the poor?

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | October 7, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I watched last night. McDonnell wants to impose tolls at the state borders. Is he kidding? We think the traffic backups are bad now ...

Posted by: valandsend | October 7, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

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