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McDonnell: White House's Support for Deeds Not Deciding Factor

Speaking at an event in Herndon to announce a new plan directed at Virginia retirees, Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert F. McDonnell said that while a visit from the president or vice president could lend some "prestige" to his Democratic opponent, it would not be a deciding factor in the race.

"What wins this election is not who endorses who, it will be about who has the vision to lead Virginia," he said when asked by a reporter about the White House's support of Deeds' campaign. ""That's what this election is all about."

White House support for Deeds has become an issue among Democrats following recent news reports that Obama is distancing himself from Deeds.

McDonnell spoke this afternoon at the Herndon Senior Center, visiting with members of the Silver-Light Asian Senior Association to announce a plan to create a discount card program for seniors, toughen penalties for crimes committed against the elderly and to provide state incentives for businesses who purchase long-term health insurance.

The voluntary senior discount program would mirror a program in Ohio where the state-sanctioned cards offer discounts at participating businesses, such as restaurants and medical supply stores.

"By 2030, one out of four Virginians will be over 60," he said. "It is imperative that we prepare for this development, as it will have a direct impact on what government services are most in demand, how those government services are provided, and state spending."

McDonnell also proposed increasing the state's 15 percent refundable tax credit for long-term health insurance premiums and strengthening the state statute against financial scam artists who target the elderly. He frequently referred to his support for the "Greatest Generation," and made note of his 93-year-old father, an Alzheimer's patient who is in a nursing home.

By Derek Kravitz  |  October 8, 2009; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Derek Kravitz , Robert F. McDonnell  
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I was dropping my 69 year old mom off at Herndon Senior Center today and was surprised by Mr. Mcdonnell's visit. He's a nice guy, nothing like what Deeds commercials said about him. He was very friendly with the Asian seniors, very patient talking to them. Nice guy! We read about him all the time in the Asian newspapers but it was my first time meeting him. I think he will serve the Asian community very well.

Posted by: LamPak-hong | October 8, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Mr. McDonnell has been featured in the Asian newspapers and I'm glad I finally got to meet him. It is rare that a candidate for office would take time to campaign in the minority community the way that Mr. McDonnell has and I appreciate getting to know a little about him.

Posted by: DanielTang | October 9, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

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