Last night in Roanoke, there was serious pressure on Creigh Deeds to do well. In fact, it would have probably been advisable for Deeds to actually talk about his initiatives, instead of focusing on a 20-year old thesis. However, Deeds did what he excels at…floundering.
When asked about the issues impacting Virginians, Deeds did not offer a concrete solution for addressing the transportation issue, rather than saying I’ll form a committee to address this. When asked about public option in the health care bill and whether he favored it, he said he opposes this. For this response alone, it is looks like Deeds will be thrown under the bus by his own party. When it came to addressing budget issues, Deeds also couldn’t mention which specific tax he intends to raise, but he said that it would impact anyone who uses transportation.
Overall, this was a victory for McDonnell. McDonnell did not waver at all during his debate, and he actually mentioned real proposals that he will work on as Governor.
Also, it would not be fitting without mentioning what happened after the debate. When pressed by members of the media about the public option, Deeds looked like a fish out of water and did not embody a man fit for the Governorship.