Two New McDonnell Ads Are Up . . .
... 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."
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."
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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