Gore to raise cash for Deeds- No word on Obama visit
Despite mixed signals about another visit to Virginia from President Barack Obama, for candidate Creigh Deeds, today the campaign announced that Former Vice President Al Gore would headline a fundraiser for the Democrat. Gore will join Deeds at the home of Al and Claire Dwoskin, longtime supporters of Virginia Democrats.
The fundraiser is set to take place this Friday. There will not be a companion public rally, for Deeds supporters.
While the President hasn’t made his way South of the Potomac for Mr. Deeds, he did visit a construction site in Northern Virginia today to highlight examples of the Federal Government’s stimulus plan at work. The visit was a White House function, not a political one and Deeds did not take part. The candidate did however release a statement calling the visit an example of ways the “Recovery Act is making a real difference in the lives of Virginians.”
Republicans did not view the President’s photo opportunity the same way. The RPV released a statement that featured a headline that read “Obama visit highlights rift with Deeds, roads spending failure.”
You can read the statements from Deeds and the RPV on the Obama visit after the jump.
DEEDS STATEMENT ON FAIRFAX COUNTY PARKWAY EXTENSION
NORFOLK – Sen. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee for governor, released the following statement on Wednesday in response to President Barack Obama’s visit to a transportation project for Northern Virginia made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“Today’s visit highlights how President Obama’s Recovery Act is making a real difference in the lives of Virginians. Projects like the Fairfax County Parkway Extension will help lessen the daily commuting burden for thousands of Northern Virginia families, and will help facilitate the BRAC expansion of military jobs at Fort Belvoir.
“These transportation successes would not have happened if Bob McDonnell had gotten his way. Earlier this year, my opponent praised Republican Congressional leaders for blocking President Obama’s Recovery Act. And today, one of those leaders — John Boehner from Ohio — is even hosting a fundraiser for Bob.
“It’s no wonder editorial boards across the state have said that a vote for Bob is a vote for traffic gridlock, while calling my plan the only honest approach that has worked in Virginia.
“Today, we’ve witnessed how the Recovery Act is helping to build transportation infrastructure in Virginia.”
Obama’s Virginia Visit Highlights Rift with Deeds, Roads Spending Failure
– POTUS in Fairfax to Tout Federal Transportation $, Virginia Dead Last –
– Deeds Nowhere to be Seen, Kaine in Roads Spending “Time Out?” –
– Reminds Voters that Deeds has No Transportation Plan Other than Tax Hike –
FAIRFAX – President Barack Obama’s visit to Fairfax today to highlight federal spending on transportation projects in Virginia simultaneously draws attention to the White House’s displeasure with Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds and Virginia’s status as the worst state in utilizing federal roads dollars. Deeds proved to be nowhere to be found at the president’s event, which also did not feature Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, who “successfully” guided Virginia into 51st place – behind all other states and the District of Columbia – in using federal money earmarked for transportation projects.