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McDonnell Appears on CNBC

Anita Kumar

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell had to be pleased with his performance on national TV tonight.

In his seven-minute interview on the Kudlow and Company show on CNBC, McDonnell got to tout the federal issues he loves to talk about, received no questions about his 20-year-old thesis and gave his spin on how to fund transportation.

And to top it off, host Larry Kudlow mispronounced Democrat Creigh Deeds's name (It's Cree) and the show flashed an unflattering photo of Deeds (His mouth was hanging open).

Kudlow mentioned that McDonnell was up in the polls, and asked him if Republican wins in Virginia and New Jersey this year will help GOP candidates in 2010.

"The answer is yes,'' he said. "If we are able to win and Chris (Christie) wins in New Jersey, I think people will look at this, in part, as a referendum of left-leaning policies the United States Congress has been advocating -- intrusion into the free enterprise system, more deficit spending, more regulation and say that's not the direction we want to go."

Deeds was invited to appear on the show as well, and his campaign said they are still trying to work out a date.

Kudlow asked McDonnell about federal issues -- the same issues that McDonnell has been trying to force Deeds to talk about for much of the race.

"Certainly the national issues are playing a factor in this race -- card check, cap and trade, unfunded mandates, major deficit spending are all things I'm bringing up to say I'm going to stand up for what's right for Virginia,'' McDonnell said. "These things are not good for Virginia and I've made those an issue."

McDonnell also stressed that Deeds would raise taxes to pay for roads and transit, while he is opposed to doing so.

"I'm for keeping taxes low. He's already proposed a $1 billion in tax increases and to see more taxes not something Virginians are interested in right now,'' McDonnell said. "I'm cognizant of the fact that businesses and familes are struggling right now with the economy. They're pinching pennies,''

Last week, McDonnell faced tough questions on FOX News Sunday. Deeds had been invited to appear on that show, but declined to participate in what had been set up as a debate. Deeds campaign said he offered to appear alone, but that the show refused to let him.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 6, 2009; 8:30 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Aww Kumar, did your guy "Cree" get disrespected? So sorry for you. Deeds was depending on 3 things happening for him this fall. 1) Obama's popularity would carry him like a feather, 2) ACORN would have his back, and 3) The leftist water carrying, pay for white house influence washington post would run interference for him 24/7. How's it all workin' out for ya, Cree?

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 7, 2009 6:52 AM | Report abuse


What is there to like about McDonnell's proposal for toll roads, "off-shore" drilling and private schools?

CB in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | October 7, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Ah, an ACORN reference. How predictable. Now I have an idea where someone gets all their (mis)information.

Posted by: BigDaddyD | October 7, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

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