McDonnell faces readers of the Times-Dispatch
Republican candidate for Governor Bob McDonnell will go face to face with readers of the Times-Dispatch today in an exclusive video chat on the newspaper’s web site TimesDispatch.com. The chat will be held live at 2pm today (Tuesday) and you can submit your questions by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
(Creigh Deeds will take part in a similar chat on August 12th)
McDonnell will go into the video chat after learning the news of a highly anticipated poll from the Public Policy Polling group that is expected to show the Republican with a lead of anywhere from 8-10 points over his opponent, democrat Creigh Deeds. While the numbers will be good news for Mr. McDonnell, they will be couched by the fact that a relatively high number of McDonnell supporters believe that President Barack Obama is not a natural born American citizen.
*UPDATE* Public Policy Polling has just released their results and it shows Bob McDonnell with a 14 point lead over Creigh Deeds. The results seem to confirm the information that was gathered in the SurveyUSA poll from last week that was criticized by Democrats for the way the sample was determined. PPP will release information about Barack Obama and Tim Kaine’s popularity tomorrow and reveal what Virginia voters think about Mr. Obama’s place of birth. *UPDATE ENDS*
Overall though, this will be the second consecutive poll that shows McDonnell with a comfortable lead.
And while McDonnell is out front, Democrats are now doing their best to knock him down. In addition to tying him to comments made by McDonnell’s hand picked party chair Pat Mullins, today Creigh Deeds announced that if elected he will push to take in federal stimulus dollars to extend unemployment benefits. That was something McDonnell opposed and continues to oppose.
McDonnell will be spending most of his day stumping in Richmond. In addition to the T-D video chat, he will participate in a Chesterfield National Night Out party this evening and this morning he will speak to a group at the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education, which is being held at the Convention center downtown.
We will have a complete wrap of the Times-Dispatch video chat this afternoon during First at Four on NBC12.