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GOP All-Stars to campaign for McDonnell

Anita Kumar

Democrat Creigh Deeds may be holding rallies with Presidents Obama and Clinton, but we hear Republican Bob McDonnell has a few bold names coming into the state for him too.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who serves as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, all are scheduled to campaign for McDonnell in the next two weeks. All have been mentioned as possible candidates for president in 2012.

In addition, Hall of Famer Bruce Smith -- a Norfolk native and Virginia Tech alum -- and former NFL quarterback Steve Beuerlein will hold a rally for McDonnell in Virginia Beach Saturday.

College football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz, a former Notre Dame coach-turned-TV commentator, will hold a meet-and-greet with McDonnell Monday in Richmond.

All four possible GOP presidential hopefuls have been in the state for McDonnell before, and are scheduled to return before Nov. 3.

Giuliani is scheduled to be Northern Virginia on Oct. 28, and Romney will participate in several events. We'll bring you details as they become available.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 22, 2009; 10:09 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Now this is how to run a campaign. Bring in the POPULAR big guns and target them to specific areas. Romney and Rudy up North and Huck and Holtz down south. The football crowd is gonna really show up for Holtz. Good move by McDonnell. And Deeds? He's running his boring campaign as usual. More attack ads by Obama this time. No ad on WHAT Deeds plans are - just that McDonnell is no good.... Same old same old..

Posted by: espnfan | October 22, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Virginia Cannot Afford Bob McDonnell Or The Current Republican Delegates!!!

Virginians lost in this last debate, as no one challenged Bob McDonnell and the Republican members of Virginia’s House of Delegates on their political posturing, political antics and hurtful, harmful political games that caused Virginia to leave $125 million in additional unemployment funds on the federal table; thus forcing our Governor to borrow $250 million for the unemployment program in these very difficult times of record setting levels of high unemployment.

Folks really should read the link to understand that Bob and the Republican delegates put partisan political games above the best interests of all of Virginia’s citizens, both employed and unemployed. There was no unfunded mandate for a permanent program; but rather, a $125 million grant to fund a $20 million program that could have been repealed by a GA vote in 2010!!!

http://hamptonroads.com/2009/05/mcdonnell-ducking-cover-jobless-benefits#comment-727344

Bob McDonnell and the current Republican Delegates have demonstrated that their self-serving views and actions represent a real threat to the stability of Virginia’s economy and the overall wellbeing of all Virginians! One should really ask why Bob McDonnell and the Republican State Delegates and Senators would so willingly throw away $125 million in these really horrific times!!!

Please Virginia! Just say no to the stupid, hurtful, harmful, self-serving, political gamesmanship of the Republicans by voting NO! on Bob McDonnell and the incumbent Republican delegates!!!

Posted by: SamBear | October 22, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

With the New Jersey governorship now in serious doubt, the GOP is now putting all their resources behind the McDonnell campaign. Its been a full court press from the git-go.

This is completely understandable. To fail to win the guber-seat in a Republican stronghold state like Virginia would cripple any hopes of the GOP regaining national relevance in 2010 and 2012.

This has become a very close race - which was not the case a month ago. McDonnell still has quite a warche$t remaining too.

I had the feeling that - by now - most voters had already made up their minds...perhaps McDonnell is just trying to finish up strong...or perhaps this thing has gotten too close for comfort. Ya gotta love a horserace.

Posted by: free-donny | October 22, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

yea, I always consult football stars when I want to know who to vote for. No one knows more about running government well.

Posted by: annie7 | October 22, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: VirginianforFreedom | October 22, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Did you say stars--I would say starless or has beens

Posted by: jstewartecu | October 22, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Bobbie McTaliban is missing two real “stars”, one who contributed to his campaign. That’s Snyder of Redskins notoriety. What about Sarah. She asked to come and McTaliban ran away screaming. What Snyder has done to the Redskins would be representative of what Virginia will be like if McTaliban is elected.

Posted by: Willis3 | October 22, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit that I am impressed by Bob McDonnell's oratory skills and his ability to stay 'on message' no matter what is being thrown his way. Having said that, I am more impressed by how genuine Creigh Deeds is as a candidate -- almost Capra-esque in a folksy "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" sort of way. Creigh has admitted his shortcomings as an articulate speaker, but to me that is part of his appeal because it says to me that he isn't scripted, unlike Bob McDonnell who seems to have been pre-programmed with poll-tested answers. I respect the fact that Creigh doesn't have all the answers. Who does?

We live in an ever-changing world where the economy is fragile; where energy independence is a shared responsibility with the federal government; where educational attainment is of paramount importance to all Virginians; and where yesterday's solutions more often than not do not fit tomorrow's challenges. I think Creigh represents the best of Virginia in that he is open to new ideas -- whichever side of the aisle and whichever region they may come from -- and that, to me, speaks volumes about his character. Bob McDonnell may be the better speaker and the more polished candidate but for me and my family, we would rather have someone who doesn't pretend to have all of the answers but has the right character -- and the right heart -- to lead our Commonwealth honestly -- warts and all -- into the great unknown that is the world that we all live in today.

Posted by: HigherEducationAdvocate | October 22, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Deeds E_Campaign staff are active on this thread. Get smart, jump ship before it sinks, you don't want a losing campaign on your resume.

No surrogate is as popular with Obama today. Let's see what kind of magic he can perform for the sinking ship.

Posted by: binghe | October 23, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

The reason that Bob McDonnell will win this and win big is because he has inspired legions of volunteers to make it happen. Just in Loudoun county we have a goal this week end of knocking on 10,000 doors and this is all done with middle class, middle aged volunteers (no ACORN rent a mob types here). The key is to win with a big margin and also to sweep out Democratic incumbent assemblypeople as well. If this happens, every Democratic Congressman and Senator will be cowering in the corner..can't wait for 2010 to get here!

Posted by: dcmowbray1 | October 23, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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