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Two New McDonnell Ads Are Up . . .

Amy Gardner

... and boy, are they tough.

The first, called "Trust," shows a series of women defending Republican Bob McDonnell's record of working with women and advocating on behalf of women and children.

The second, called "Reality TV," mirrors the new Republican Governors Association piece that shows video of Democrat Creigh Deeds answering questions last month after the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate about whether he would raise taxes. It features a starring role for Washington Post columnist Bob McCartney.

One interesting note about "Trust" is that McDonnell's campaign did what Deeds refused to do when the Democrat launched an ad of women criticizing McDonnell: He provided the names and affiliations of the women in the spot. All are current or past co-workers of McDonnell's who are supporting him for governor.

Another interesting note about "Trust" is that it sure seems like the McDonnell campaign is placing new emphasis on the women's vote -- contrary to spokesman Tucker Martin's assertion to the contrary earlier this week.

And on "Reality TV": It's a minute long, but it's in rotation across Virginia, even pricey NoVa. The other one's rotating across the land as well.

View the two ads here:

Read on for the scripts.


Karen Fortier, Former Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney: "Creigh Deeds's attacks on Bob McDonnell are false"

Lisa Caruso, Commonwealth's Attorney: "Dishonest"

Pam Watts, Co-worker 17 years: "Are dishonest"

Lisa Hicks Thomas, Deputy Attorney General: "Half the Deputy Attorneys General Bob McDonnell appointed are women"

Lisa Caruso, Commonwealth's Attorney: "Putting women in positions of authority"

Pam Watts, Co-worker 17 years: "Trusting women like me"

Flora Hezel, Former Assistant Attorney General: "Professional women and working mothers"

Maureen Matsen, Deputy Attorney General: "Women Bob McDonnell trusts to protect Virginia"

Lisa Hicks Thomas, Deputy Attorney General: "Prosecuting sexual predators with laws passed by Bob McDonnell"

Polly Franks, Victims Advocate: "I've seen Bob McDonnell stand up to protect women and children"

Lisa Hicks Thomas, Deputy Attorney General: "That's what Bob McDonnell will do as Governor."

"Reality TV":

Q: "But when you said, 'I'm not going to raise taxes, what did you mean? You said in the debate, 'I'm not going to raise taxes.' "What did that mean?"

Deeds: "What that meant in the general sense of the term, I'm not gonna, I'm not gonna raise general fund taxes. Um, I know we're gonna have to raise money for transportation."

Q: "So you'll raise other kinds of taxes?"

Deeds: "I think I, I, I, I meant ... I meant what I said. I have no, um, plan to raise general fund taxes."

Q: "So what kind of taxes would you raise?"

Deeds: "We're gonna, we're gonna, we're gonna ha ... everything's on the table when we consider how we raise money for transportation."

Q: "Is the gas tax a general fund tax? Does the gas tax go into the general fund?"

Deeds: "The gas tax goes into the Transportation Trust Fund."

Q: "So it would not then be covered under "not raising general fund taxes."

Deeds: "I think I made myself clear, young lady, I don't know."

By Amy Gardner  |  October 2, 2009; 1:33 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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So, since this all goes back to his writings on working women, will McDonnell's next ad feature the other group he targeted -- all the gay people he's hired?

Posted by: valandsend | October 2, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

valandsend...ha! Good one. And it'll feature how self-hating those gays are, I'm sure!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 2, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I still want to know whether both of these candidates would sign a statewide non-discrimination law into effect.

My God, over 80% of Virginians have favored it for two decades now.

Old bigotries die hard.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 2, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

That badly handled question by Creigh was clearly a bad moment for him, but I'd like to see more attention paid to the fact that he quickly rectified the positions and corrected his misstatements and made it clear WHERE HE STANDS. That is the important thing--every candidate has bad days & that was's fair game, I suppose, for McDonnell to use the footage, but it is dishonest to suggest that Deeds' position is muddled or unclear.

And the fact is, if they simply came out and said that Deeds wants to raise money in the gas tax specifically to help raise money for transportation funding, Deeds would win 80% of the vote in NoVA and he'd be the next Governor, so instead they insinuate (rather slimily) that he is still confused.

He's not. He just didn't want to say he was for a tax increase in front of 500 cameras and microphones. Too bad, he'd have come across much, much stronger if he had.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 2, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't McDonnell's campaign manager for AG in some sort of trouble for abuse of children? Did McDonnell throw the book at him?

It's nice that the Post is covering the campaign and they do a good job here of showing the McDonnell campaign's depiction of his public service. I am truly puzzled, however, at the lack of reporting on his tenure as AG in these pages.

Surely there must be some relevant experience there that would inform the public as to what sort of governor McDonnell would be.

Posted by: Kaufmann_RDW | October 2, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

When will the Post release the Deeds endorsement? This weekend? Maybe he'll be down by 15 pts by then. LOL. What about the last 3 polls? 9, 14, and 11pts up for McDonnell. Seems like slash and burn politics by Deeds is FAILING big time.

Posted by: espnfan | October 6, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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