Deeds On PrioritiesPolitics

Today Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds took part in a live interview through the Times Dispatch where he took questions from the public. Yours truely happened to have his question asked first. Look, ma, I’m on virtual TV!

For those that don’t want to watch the video, my question was this:

During the VBA debate at the Homestead both candidates pledged to not make social issues a focus during this campaign. Yet, only a few weeks later your campaign has decided to run strongly on the issue of abortion. Why the change of heart and will your campaign continue to focus on social issues instead of issues like jobs, transportation, education and others?

Deeds response is more or less this:

This campaign is not about social issues… this is an important issue because it shows the difference in priorities.

So it’s not about social issues, but it’s about this social issue in regards to priorities.

Priorities?

Creigh Deeds has said in regards to his campaign that we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. And he’s absolutely right. Nothing on transportation. Nothing on taxes. Nothing on education. Nothing on jobs. Nothing on the issues that matter.

But abortion? Well, we’ve seen a lot of talk out of his camp on that. Not that it’s an issue in this campaign or anything. Just that it’s an important issue that he would really really really like to highlight.

Thanks to Ryan Nobles at NBC12 for the video and a good write up.

  • http://www.newdominionproject.com DanielK

    I find it odd that Bob wants to talk about priorities when all this stuff (Transportation and Economy) wasn’t much of a priority when all these “new priorities” weren’t very important when he was in Richmond throughout most of his career! Social issues will be something that the next governor will have to deal with and the voters have every right to know where the candidates stand.

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  • http://jsnotes.com Jason

    Daniel – Bob McDonnell’s name is on many more bills dealing with a wide swath of issues. That Creigh Deeds feels the need to radicalize his base shows that not only is he losing but that he can’t keep a campaign promise made less than a month ago. If he can’t do that, how can anyone trust him on policy promises?

  • http://www.newdominionproject.com DanielK

    Hi Jason, I guess I don’t agree with either of them keeping social issues out of the race. Yes, the economy and transportation are important but are those the only two issues that either of them will deal with over the next four years? Both of these guys have long legislative records that will influence how they will be as governors. Bob McDonnell is trying to portray himself as a “moderate” and I think that unfortunately when he tries to do that if is only fair for the Deeds campaigns educates the voters that his record on social issues is a major indicator that he is not. Could the reason he does not want social issues brought into this race is because he has been such a champion of legislation that shows him to be anything but moderate? I believe that is a major factor is his desire to keep social issues out.