Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, is bringing out a big gun in his efforts to turn around his narrow deficit in the polls: Sen. Mark Warner, a former governor and the single most popular Democrat in the state, and who is starring in Deeds’ newest ad.
“The choice in this election for Governor is really pretty simple,” says Warner, who won a landslide Senate victory in 2008. “Do we move Virginia forward by continuing the pro-business economic policies that I helped put in place, or do we go backwards with the failed economic approach that ruined our economy?”
The ad hits on several main themes of the Deeds campaign. It presents Deeds as a moderate, centrist Virginia Democrat, and casts that he’s in the same mold as the popular Warner. Furthermore, it ties Republican nominee Bob McDonnell to the legacy of the Bush administration — which was so unpopular, it helped drive Virginia to the Democratic column last year, for the first time in 44 years.