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Andrea Mitchell breaks down the race for Governor

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andrea-mitchellJust before she got set to moderate the lively debate between the three democratic candidates for Governor, I had the chance to chat with NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs corespondent Andrea Mitchell about the race.

In addition to her responsibilities as a reporter for NBC news, she also hosts a political talk show 0n MSNBC and is keeping a very close eye on how the politics in Virginia could have an impact on the entire country.

I thought she had some incredible insight on a number of important topics regarding the fall election and the June primary. She very much believes that both Republicans and Democrats are putting a great deal of stock into the way Virginia reacts in the voting booth. Mitchell told me, it will be the first true indication as to how voters are reacting to Barack Obama and the democratic control of the federal government.

As for the politics in the Old Dominion, Mitchell said the transformation of Virginia into a “purple” state is very indicative of the mood of the rest of the country. She said that while Virginia is much more democratic than it has been, it is still more down the middle than it is anything. She indicated that we could see some other states follow that same pattern.

I also asked her about how Bob McDonnell is being impacted by this very competitive Democratic primary. She said that while he is avoiding the dirt and expense of a primary he is also out of the headlines. Mitchell believes that a well run primary could energize Democrats as it did for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

My complete, uncut interview with Ms. Mitchell is after the jump..


Written by Ryan Nobles

April 20, 2009 at 1:51 am

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  1. Boucher, McAuliffe and Deeds to Headline Energy Technology Summit

    Wise, VA. – Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Va) and Democratic gubernatorial primary candidates Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds and a number of expert speakers on cutting-edge fusion energy, wind farms, bio-fuels, carbon-based coal and natural gas will be among the speakers at the 2nd Annual Energy Technology Summit to be held Monday, April 27th at The University of Virginia College at Wise Student Union beginning at 8:30 AM.

    The one-day summit, sponsored by the Southwestern Virginia Technology Council, will be a gathering of one hundred and fifty thought leaders in business, government, energy and the environment to develop strategies for making southwestern Virginia an international leader in the development of advanced energy technologies in the coming decade. A number of energy technology business announcements are planned.

    The luncheon and outdoor picnic on the college campus will feature a display of hybrid electric cars to demonstrate the latest in electric and natural gas conversion technologies lead by the Advanced Vehicle Research Center located at the North Carolina Research Triangle. The summit lunch is expected to draw hundreds from the student and faculty campus population, the local community, and the summit delegates.

    An afternoon gubernatorial energy policy forum will include two of the four major candidates for Virginia governor in a discussion exclusively devoted to energy and energy technology policies. Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds have committed to attend and address the policy issues. Energy has been a major policy issue in the 2009 statewide gubernatorial campaigns.

    Prior to the late afternoon adjournment, technology attorney Jeff Mitchell of Blacksburg will conduct a continuing legal education seminar on the federal economic stimulus package energy funding programs. An estimated $9-billion in federal dollars are targeted for small energy firms. Attorneys and accountants will receive professional education credits.

    The 2009 Energy Technology Summit is an outgrowth of efforts within the regional technology community to assist in the development and growth of the regional energy technology economy. Contact Esther Bolling at 679-7800 for specific registration details. General admission tickets are $50.

    Jack Kennedy

    April 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm

  2. Dear Mrs. Mitchell,
    I enjoyed your column.The VA governor’s race will be won by Gov.elect Terry McAuliff(the democratic eventual primary winner)due to the House Republicans’ refusal to sign the benefits extention.It underscored to most Virginians that:the democrats cares.
    Nathaniel G. Cruz

    Nathaniel G. Cruz

    April 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm

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