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McDonnell on FOX News's Hannity show

Anita Kumar

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell said in a live interview tonight on FOX News that Republican wins in Virginia and New Jersey next week could provide momentum going into the 2010 mid-term elections -- much like Republican wins in both states did in 1993.

"There's a lot of national in this race obviously,'' McDonnell said. "I do think that (people are saying) if McDonnell and (Chris) Christie win there are some opportunities for some added momentum for 2010."

In a five-minute interview, McDonnell told conservative host Sean Hannity that he has been able to win over many independents that had voted for Democrats in Virginia in recent years in part because of discontent with President Obama and Congress.

"Some of the policies that this Congress has pursued and supported by the president like cap and trade and card check and tax increases and intrusions on the free enterprise system and deficit spending, I've made those issues in the race and I think Virginians are not enamored with those policies,'' he said. "I don't think they're good for Virginia....I think that is making a difference in the race."

It's unclear if Democrat Creigh Deeds was invited to appear on the show. This is the fourth time in recent weeks that McDonnell has appeared on national TV alone. In the previous instances, Deeds either declined or did not respond to the interview requests.

Polls show McDonnell leading Deeds by double digits. Hannity said he hopes to be able to call the race for McDonnell when his show begins Tuesday at 9 p.m.

"I feel really good about the direction of our campaign,'' McDonnell said. "There's tremendous enthusiasm on the ground...People are encouraged about common sense conservative vision, problem solving, looking at the quality of life issues people care about and finding those solutions based on our conservative principles...I think we're heading in the right direction. We're excited about the prospects for Tuesday. We just have to get people to turn out."

By Anita Kumar  |  October 30, 2009; 9:53 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Comments

Sean's first 2 questions should have been, "Governor McDonnell, how's that Washington Compost endorsement workin' out for Deeds? I thought that when a "popular" (on msnbc) president campaigns for you, it generally provides a significant bump in the polls. Obama's visit has sent Deed's poll numbers diving like a submarine, what gives?"

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 31, 2009 3:55 AM | Report abuse

No, Sean's first two questions should have been, Why did my make believe god make me so stupid? And how do people listen to me, I'm really stupid. Answer, people who like this guy are really really really stupid. Hannity can be the leader with only two really's.

Posted by: bestpilotonearth | October 31, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

"People are encouraged about common sense conservative vision, problem solving, looking at the quality of life issues people care about and finding those solutions based on our conservative principles."
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Basically that's Newspeak for "Virginia has a $3 billion budget deficit and we are taking this race by staying on the anti-tax message. We're not really sure how a McDonnell administration would fix this problem but we know what people like to hear."

Posted by: squier13 | October 31, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Creigh can still do it! He simply needs to call on the Obama's Virginia coalition of Blacks, Hispanics, union workers, gays, government employees, teachers, young people, intellectuals, and welfare drones.

GO CREIGH!

Posted by: wagtdn | October 31, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

There really is Hope & Change happening.
Ted kennedy quit drinking.
He has been sober 72 days.

Posted by: jpalm32 | October 31, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

"Intellectuals"? You think "intellectuals" are voting for Creigh Deeds? Anyone trying to figure out why McDonnell's up by so much need look no further than wagtdn's comment. Creigh Deeds supporters think "intellectuals" are going to come out in droves and vote for--wait for it--Creigh Deeds.

Go watch the debates. Spoiler: intellectuals are not "Creigh Deeds Democrats."

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | November 1, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and check out Larry Sabato's "suburban cocktail-party test." This might come as a surprise to Deeds supporters, but he doesn't win that either.

"Candidate Personality and Appeal: Creigh Deeds is folksy and likeable, but no one describes him as articulate or charismatic. Democrats say Bob McDonnell is 'slick,' yet he is polished and unflappable on the stump and in debates. For decades now, I have applied my 'suburban cocktail party test' to elections, national and state. Simply put, which candidate would the average suburbanite most like to invite to his or her next cocktail party? Who would most impress neighbors, family, and colleagues? Remember, the suburbs supply about six out of every ten votes in Virginia. While the Republican's thesis gave pause to suburbanites temporarily--they worried McDonnell would start talking about abortion and disrupt the cocktail hour--he won them over with a smooth, congenial personality. A long-time resident of Fairfax and then Virginia Beach, McDonnell is a suburban kind of guy. Deeds of tiny Bath County is deeply rural. Advantage Republicans."

http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/article.php?id=LJS2009102901

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | November 1, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Though this editorial is laughable in that Collins appears to have followed the Virginia race on the editorial pages of the Post, then--retroactively--pretended as if he thought Deeds had "courage" for wanting to raise taxes, while in the same op-ed piece admitting that he had to look up who controls the house and senate in Virginia, revealing his actual scant knowledge of Virginia politics, it illustrates that "intellectuals" are not "Creigh Deeds Democrats."

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/opinion/01collins.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | November 1, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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