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First Click - Virginia

Sandhya Somashekhar

Good morning Virginia! Here's what's happening in politics around the state today.

Just about every Virginia publication has a story about last night's bitter debate between gubernatorial candidates R. Creigh Deeds (D) and Robert F. McDonnell (R), who covered the same wide range of issues that have dominated the race, including transportation, education and the economy. Deeds's performance -- he accused McDonnell of "lying" then acknowledged the language might have been too harsh to reporters later -- will likely do little to appease critics who have said the Democratic nominee has been too negative. More on that from Politico and Talking Points Memo.

Deeds, who is behind in the polls, embarks on his second day of his "Hope and Opportunity Tour" of rural Virginia. McDonnell heads back to Northern Virginia for a Vienna rally with businesswoman Sheila Johnson, whose mocking of Deeds' speaking style apparently did not damage her standing with McDonnell's campaign. (And you can add Rush Limbaugh to the list of folks who have similarly attacked Deeds.)

The New York Times devotes significant space to Virginia politics this week. Today, Adam Nagourney ponders whether former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe, who lost the Democratic primary to Deeds, might have been the better Democratic choice. Earlier this week Nagourney wrote about what the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races say about President Obama's political leadership and next year's midterm elections. And former Democratic Party of Virginia chairman Paul Goldman joins with Virginia's Republican former governor and senator George Allen to call for modernizing America's schools.

The race for attorney general flares up over a television ad from Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Tim Kaine campaigns for House candidates in Northern Virginia. And the Daily Press digs a little deeper into the employment arrangement between Republican state Sen. Tommy Norment and the College of William and Mary.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 13, 2009; 7:11 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , George F. Allen , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar , Terry McAuliffe  
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disAbility Votes PAC has asked Mr. McDonnell twice to apologize for the offensive remarks his supporter Ms. Johnson made. Instead he is hosting a women's rally with her! What kind of women is he hoping to attract to the rally? Women who think it is okay to bully and mock others just because they speak differently? Bob's actions speak louder than words - he should check the Virginia Dept of Education Conduct code that includes verbal abuse.

Posted by: Supermom1 | October 13, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Grow up lefties..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 13, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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