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Gibbs: Virginia as 'purple as it can get'

Rosalind Helderman

Speaking to reporters on board Air Force One en route to this afternoon's rally in Norfolk, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Obama will not be returning to Virginia for Creigh Deeds after today.

"Not that I'm aware of," he said, before noting that he will be returning for a day of stops for Democratic governor Jon S. Corzine (N.J.).

"Look, certainly at a federal level, I mean, we were happy to see the progress in the commonwealth, but also understanding that Barack Obama was the first Democratic candidate to carry that state since 1964," Gibbs said, according to a transcript of the gaggle, explaining why Deeds is not doing better in the polls against Republican Bob McDonnell. "So I think everybody understands that it was -- you know, Virginia is a -- is probably as purple as it can get, certainly among a presidential state, given the fact that it's been in the red column for so long."

He rejected the idea that Deeds has been adversely impacted by perceptions of Obama, specifically citing this morning's Washington Post poll that showed that 70 percent of likely voters said their views of Obama will play no role in their vote. Of the 3 in 10 who said the president will play a role, half said they will be voting to express support for him rather than opposition.

"Obviously I think any number of factors go into what has happened in each state, and I think one of the factors that goes into Virginia is a Democrat that's been outspent," Gibbs said.

He said the White House is "very comfortable" with the level of support it has provided Deeds, noting Obama's role and Vice President Biden's two fundraisers, as well as help from the Democratic National Committee.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 27, 2009; 4:27 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Dont worry Tuesday night they will be issuing reports and unamed sources say we told Deeds so. Its HIS fault for not embracing the Prez. Seems like that will fly only if Corzine wins since Obama and corzine agree on 99% of the issues. If Corzine loses then the WHole Obama Admin has egg on its face. Lets see how Rahm and Gibby spins that.

Posted by: espnfan | October 27, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

As a long-time subscriber to the print edition and an online reader since the very first day WP.com went online, I have to say I am sickened and disheartened over the coverage of the Virginia governors race.

I don't know if you read these posts (wink, nod, say hi or show some sign of life). But you and the Post have completely co-opted this election for your own political agenda. You non-stop coverage of the Virginia election as a referendum of the Obama administration does an extreme disservice to the residents and voters of Virinia. You are treating us like we are in another land.

Hello!? We can hear you. Stop talking about us like we're not here.

If you do life and breath and you aren't some computer generated boiler plate, kindly point us to a report that discusses the issues in detail, not the horse race, behind-the-scenes political gobbledy-gook.

Where is your analysis on where the candidates stand on higher education? I mean more than a half a paragraph. You should be ashamed of yourselves for not noting that Virginia's support for public colleges went from 50% to 15% in recent years. That's 15%. Hellooooo? Can you wrap your mind around that?

Where is your analysis of where the candidates stand on environment issues like how Virginia will contribute to the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay or Shenandoah River, or the James River? What about ozone pollution? What about global warming? You've wasted endless pages of rubbish talking about he-said/she-said trivia and who's on first, what's on second and I don't know where the hell your coverage is.

What about unemployment? Health care? Mental health? Government services? Legislative inaction?

Hello? Is anyone home? Do you exist? Are you real? Do you even live in Virginia? Do you even give a damn?

Hello?

Posted by: thuff7 | October 27, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

There can't be 6 people on planet earth who give damn what Robert Gibbs says, particularly about Virginia..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 27, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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