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Deeds Gets Grilled About His Chances In The Race

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Deeds was also asked about his prior reluctance to refer to himself as an "Obama Democrat."

"I'm proud of the President, I worked very hard for his election last year," said Deeds. "I want him to be successful and quite frankly I don't think he's getting enough credit for a lot of good things that are going on in the economy. I just think it's unreasonable for two people to agree 100 percent of the time."

As an example of disagreement, Deeds cited the issue of cap and trade. But, he said, he and Obama agree on "a majority of issues."

He also discussed the national political environment. "Frankly a lot of what's going on in Washington has made it very tough. We had a very tough August, a lot of people were uncomfortable with the spending, uncomfortable with the noise coming out of Washington, D.C.," he said, but also added: "But if we can reframe this election, which I think we can, we can win this election."

Ed. note: The quotes used here are rush transcriptions, and may be subject to later editing.