McDonnell: “I am focusing on the economic issues”
Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell wants to make it clear.
He is not the one focusing on abortion.
While his opponent Senator Creigh Deeds continues to describe McDonnell as far outside the mainstream, McDonnell attempts to steer the topic away from social issues and back on to the economy and jobs.
“If Senator Deeds wants to talk about these other things, he’ll have to make that decision,” McDonnell said in Chesterfield on Sunday. “I’m focusing on the economic issues during the campaign.”
But even though he works hard to change the topic when abortion becomes part of the discussion, the republican still attempts to make the point that Creigh Deeds is actually the one out of the mainstream. “The things that I have worked during my time in the general assembly have been common sense measures that have been broadly embraced by republicans and democrats,” said McDonnell, invoking partial birth abortion and parental consent. “These are things that Senator Deeds has long opposed. I mean he is way outside of the mainstream, unfortunately on this issue.”
Deeds supporters, and his campaign staff claim that McDonnell is avoiding the topic of abortion, not because it isn’t important to him, but because he is working to hide his record. They claim that moderate voters need to be worried about a candidate that isn’t straight forward about his position on the issue. McDonnell disagrees, saying that his stance on abortion is well known, and that it is something rarely brought up on the campaign trail.
“You know until Senator Deeds started talking about it, I really hadn’t heard from anybody.”
During a conference call this week, Team Deeds seemed to indicate that their abortion assault is only beginning. On Sunday in Chesterfield, Bob McDonnell seemed to welcome the challenge. “While Senator Deeds continues to engage in the politics of division and the politics of the past, I am going to focus on the things that are going to make Virginia an even better state than it is today.”
Extended clips from our discussion with Bob McDonnell can be found after the jump..
**UPDATE** The Democratic Party of Virginia has taken advantage of our interview with Bob McDonnell to create a web video countering McDonnell’s claims. Their response can be found after the jump.
McDonnell responds to attack on abortion
McDonnell on what voters are concerned with
VIDEO: BOB MCDONNELL RUNS SCARED FROM HIS OWN WORDS
Bob claims he hasn’t heard from anyone on the issue of choice, but we’ve certainly heard enough from Bob
RICHMOND- Yesterday, Bob McDonnell stated that he “hasn’t really heard from anybody” on the issue of abortion (Richmond’s NBC 12, 8/16/09).
Perhaps Bob forgets all of the times he brought the issue up? If fact, its hard to believe Bob won’t make it a priority.
From interviews with reporters, to his address to the National Right to Life Committee, to his remarks at his own campaign kick-off, McDonnell has consistently brought up and even touted his record of support of anti-choice legislation.
The Democratic Party of Virginia released a video today to help Bob remember: