Bob McDonnell First to Advertise in Governor's Race

June 24, 2009

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican Bob McDonnell is the first
gubernatorial candidate to start advertising on television.

McDonnell will spend about $300,000 for a 10-day run of a
30-second ad in Virginia's downstate broadcast and cable markets.
It's not airing in the expensive Washington, D.C., market that
serves northern Virginia.

The spot appeals to entrepreneurship and business development in

It's part of an effort by McDonnell and the GOP to put a
different spin on the central campaign issue of jobs and the
economy, themes that powered historic Democratic victories just a
year ago.

But it airs in the early summer lull, the start of vacation
season, just three weeks after Creigh Deeds won the Democratic
nomination and four months before the Nov. 3 election.

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