Saturday, May 30, 2009

Deeds' Statement on McDonnnell Nomination

May 30, 2009

CONTACT: Brooke Borkenhagen


CHARLOTTESVILLE – Today, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds released the following statement after Bob McDonnell formally accepted the Republican gubernatorial nomination at the Virginia Republican State Convention in Richmond:

"Middle-class families don’t stand a chance with Bob McDonnell in the Governor’s mansion.  Bob said no to helping laid-off Virginians get back on their feet.  He said no to benefits for laid-off textile workers in Southside Virginia.  And for the last eight years, Bob has said no to the progress we have made under Mark Warner and Tim Kaine."

"And now, Bob McDonnell is trying to use energy politics to paint himself as a moderate.  But Virginia needs a leader who will do more than just pay lip service to new sources of energy.  I’m proud to have partnered with Tim Kaine earlier this year to create green jobs and make Virginia the leader in alternative and renewable energy.  As Governor, I will make important investments in new sources of energy to create new jobs and build Virginia's next economy."

"We need a nominee who can go toe-to-toe with Bob McDonnell in every corner of Virginia.  I’m the only Democrat in this race who can build the coalition of Democrats, Independents, and even some Republicans that helped Mark Warner and Barack Obama win statewide.  Larry Sabato said that I would make it 'nearly impossible' for Bob McDonnell to win in November and The Washington Post said that I 'would make the best Governor in the Warner-Kaine tradition.'  No Democrat is better prepared to lead Virginia forward."

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