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Virginia News Stand: October 21, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations  The Final — Debate — Edition

The final gubernatorial debate took place last night at Roanoke College and almost all the coverage in today's News Stand is about it. Perhaps the biggest news coming from it, though, is that Democrat Creigh Deeds pulled another one — a post Fairfax debate-like meander to a reporter's question, which makes one wonder if he can say decisively anything about what he believes (see the video here). But the worst of it is that "friends" Bill Clinton and Terry (T-Mac) McAuliffe (remember him?) came to the upper and friendly reaches of the commonwealth yesterday, only to be met by a 100 or so people, and had to hear both the former president and the former rival repeatedly remind the faithful of Deeds' dismal poll numbers. (See the Politico, below.) So much for picking your friends.

News:

No clear winner, loser in final governor debate (The Daily Press)

Hopefuls hammer each other (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

In final debate, Deeds and McDonnell discuss health care (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Deeds, McDonnell sharpen attacks in final debate (Washington Post)

Gubernatorial candidates stick to scripts in final debate (Roanoke Times)

Deeds, McDonnell battle in final debate (Washington Times)

Clinton helps Deeds -- sort of (Politico.com)

Control of House will come down to few races (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Republican serving in Kaine's cabinet endorses Valentine (Lynchburg News & Advance)

The Deeds Dodge: First The Marriage Amendment, Then Taxes, Now Government Run Health Care

It seems as if the fun at a Virginia gubernatorial debate isn't at or during the performance, but after it. We all remember Democrat Creigh Deeds' post debate performance in Fairfax, where it took him more than three minutes to zig-zag through enough contortions on the tax increase issue to make Plastic Man look rigid (see here). Prior to that, though not at a debate, Senator Deeds was incomprehensible in explaining what marriage meant (see here). But if you thought those were bad, wait to you hear Senator Deeds' response to a question on  government run health care, otherwise known as "the public option," after last night's debate at Roanoke College. It only took him 50 seconds to explain his position(s).

I'm not for a public option, but I'm for all options, I'm not for it, but I won't rule it out. Am I clear?