Virginia Governor Candidate Deeds Attacks Pro-Life McDonnell on Abortion Again

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 6, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Virginia Governor Candidate Deeds Attacks Pro-Life McDonnell on Abortion Again

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 6
, 2009

Richmond, VA ( — With pro-life Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell’s lead in the polls remaining strong, pro-abortion candidate Creigh Deeds is attacking him again on the issue of abortion. As he has before, Deeds is relying on comments McDonnell made at a recent National Right to Life convention.

The ad shows footage of McDonnell speaking to the annual NRLC convention last year.

"These elections matter because elections determine who’s got the power, and who’s going to make the decisions," McDonnell told more than 1,000 pro-life advocates. "Whether or not they are pro-life or not will make an eternal difference in the statutes and in the legislatures all over this country."

"Those policy makers with the votes determine whether or not you’re going to have a pro-life state where protections are given to the unborn consistent with federal court decisions, or whether you are going to have a different kind of policy," the pro-life former Virginia attorney general explained.

Dave Andrusko of the National Right to Life Committee, says he doesn’t think the ad will endear Deeds to Virginia voters like himself.

"Deeds’ latest ad is as amusing as it is misguided," he wrote in an email received.

"In the video taken at our convention, McDonnell comes across as calm, relaxed, reflective. He says nothing more than what an educated voter should know," Andrusko said.

He indicated the ads and the records of the candidates make it clear that pro-life voters and those who want reduced abortions should support McDonnell.

"If you want a state where the chief executive will work to make sure whatever protections the courts allow will be extended to the unborn, you want McDonnell. If you want abortion on demand, you want Deeds," he said.

Two polls from the end of September showed McDonnell with a comfortable lead.

A new Rasmussen poll showed McDonnell has bounced back to a nine-point lead over Deeds.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Virginia voters finds McDonnell attracting 51% of the vote while Deeds picks up 42%. Over the past two weeks, McDonnell’s support has gone up three percentage points while Deeds has lost four points in the Rasmussen numbers.

Meanwhile, a new Survey USA poll has the pro-life candidate McDonnell leading by 14 points. He would defeat Deeds by 14 points, 55% to 41%, if the election were held today, the survey shows.

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