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UPDATED: Whipple takes McDonnell criticism national

Rosalind Helderman

Democratic State Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (Arlington) appeared on MSNBC this afternoon to discuss Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to issue a proclamation in honor of Confederate History Month.

Lately, it largely has been Virginia's Republicans who have been snagging national television appearances. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has been on pretty much every channel talking health care. We're betting McDonnell is in high demand today.

But now Democrats are getting into action as well. Whipple said the resolution was "very troubling" by McDonnell's move. Watch her appearance below.

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UPDATE 5:35 p.m.: Another sign this story has gone national. Former Virginia Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine has now weighed in. In a statement, he said:

"Governor McDonnell's decision to designate April as Confederate History Month without condemning, or even acknowledging, the pernicious stain of slavery or its role in the war disregards history, is insensitive to the extraordinary efforts of Americans to eliminate slavery and bind the nation's wounds, and offends millions of Americans of all races and in all parts of our nation.

"In recent years, Virginia has broken the back of segregation, become the first state in America to elect an African-American governor, passed a unanimous General Assembly resolution expressing profound regret for "the most horrendous of all depredations of human rights and violations of our founding ideals in our nation's history," and cast its electoral votes for President Obama. Neither America nor Virginians want to go backward.

"A failure to acknowledge the central role of slavery in the Confederacy and deeming insignificant the reprehensible transgression of moral standards of liberty and equality that slavery represented is simply not acceptable in the America of the 21st century."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 7, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
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Its nice to see a non-evangelical redneck from VA!

Posted by: kenk3 | April 7, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The South Rises Again! (in Spring?) Soon all school books will rename the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression. No mention of slavery, no mention of the cost to humanity, or the South's treason. Just that April is time to celebrate the South's Heritage of H8te.

Posted by: whatagain08 | April 7, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

So, even the pathetic Tim Kaine has to weigh in on this. Attaboy Timmy! Your great leadership has left our state broke and penniless, but I didn't see anything about that in your statement today, only statements about the past. You are a sad, pathetic man and we are glad to be rid of you.

Posted by: Nixonin08 | April 7, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Nixonin08 you need to get a life. With out the revenue that tourism generates we're sunk. Not only was this an abomination of the truth about VA's history, but a "stretch" to say that it would generate tourism? How many people do you think would come to VA and spend their money knowing that its govenor was an insensitive, racist, bigot (which he is) and is proud of it. Well don't count that tax refund too quickly; next year they'll make up the shortfall (result of the tourism boycott) by increasing your taxes. Also, who do you think would want to live here....? Income from real estate and property taxes would be reduced. So it's about the money and his chances at future elected office he's hoping to fix with this change. Trust me its not about the people that he wounded.

Posted by: Pstacy | April 7, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Governor McDonnell for recognizing and apologizing for your mistake. Let us celebrate together our nation's reunion and our present diversity, as well as our past. Let's make it "Civil War History Month" and invite history buffs from all sides to join in recognizing our heritage, without being blind to the shameful parts, just as we love our families with all their problems.

Posted by: dricks | April 7, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

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