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Deeds Comes Out Swinging In Debate

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With just three weeks left until election day in Virginia, gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is keeping up his attacks on Bob McDonnell.
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With just three weeks left until election day in Virginia, gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is keeping up his attacks on Bob McDonnell.

With just three weeks left until election day in Virginia, gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is keeping up his attacks on Bob McDonnell. The two candidates met last night in the campaign's first debate televised in prime time.

Deeds, a Democrat, has been trailing in polls. Last night he came out swinging against Republican opponent Bob McDonnell, saying he's no friend of working women. He also accused McDonnell of lying.

Deeds continued to hammer McDonnell on a socially conservative graduate school thesis he wrote 20 years ago that says when women work it's detrimental to the family. McDonnell tried to move past the thesis, focusing his criticism of Deeds on taxes and trying to link him to controversial national issues like health care and energy. McDonnell claimed Deeds supports $1 billion in new taxes during a recession, but Deeds disputed that statement.

Both candidates said they would keep in place an executive order mandating equal pay for male and female government employees. However, Deeds noted that in 2001 McDonnell opposed a similar resolution.

Natalie Neumann reports...

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