Virginia Governor Candidate Deeds Launches New Abortion Attack on McDonnell
by Steven Ertelt
September 21, 2009
Richmond, VA (LifeNews.com) — Creigh Deeds, the pro-abortion Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia, has launched a new attack on his opponent on abortion. Deeds is running two new television commercials that both say former Attorney General Bob McDonnell should not be elected because he is pro-life.
The ads concentrate on a copy of a thesis McDonnell wrote while in college.
"Virginians are asking lots of questions about Bob McDonnell’s thesis," one ad says, showing two women actors having a hypothetical conversation.
"McDonnell was thirty-four, married and attending Pat Robertson’s Law School," it says, adding that the thesis said "abortion should be outlawed and birth control should be restricted — even for married adults."
"Then as a legislator he introduced 35 bills to restrict a women’s right to choose," the Deeds ad continues.
Another ad features a woman who rattles off complaints about McDonnell.
"Bob McDonnell, we know what you wrote about working women, and we’ve seen all your ads and heard your excuses. But your record troubles me," she says. "35 bills restricting a woman’s choice."
"Why did you vote that way?" it asks of his pro-life record.
The ads from Deeds, who has been endorsed by pro-abortion groups and is opposed by the Virginia Society for Human Life PAC, come as a new Washington Post poll found McDonnell’s lead cut to 4 points, down from 15 last month.
McDonnell has held a lead over the abortion advocate since the beginning of July that was in double digits for most of two months, but Deeds has come on strong in the last two weeks since the Post trashed McDonnell over the thesis.
Still, McDonnell has held a 4.5 percent average lead in the last four polls in the race that were released last week. And with the new Post poll showing McDonnell above 51 percent, that bodes well for the pro-life advocate.
A Rasmussen poll had McDonnell leading 48-46, Daily Kos had McDonnell ahead 50-43 and Clarus Research showed the pro-life candidate leading 42-37.
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