Dems on MSNBC

Our friends at MSNBC had live interviews with the Democratic gubernatorial candidates this morning.

Norah O’Donnell says this race is important because of it’s national implications — something we’ve been saying for months, but something the candidates try to downplay.

Creigh Deeds was up first. He must have said the phrase “this is about Virginia” a dozen times — a less than subtle swipe at Terry McAuliffe. Deeds gave his standard lines about why he’s in the race, but seemed to miss an opportunity to distinguish himself to voters, especially those in NoVa.

O’Donnell asked Deeds about the post he made on Twitter this morning about McAuliffe’s endorsement from Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-Mont.). Deeds tweeted “Well I guess Terry has a leg up in the Montana precincts.” During the interview, Deeds said the comment wasn’t meant to be snarky, but that he was focusing on “the Allegheny Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley.”

Deeds will be back on MSNBC tonight at 5:30 to play Hardball.

McAuliffe was the next segment.

As expected, he pushed his campaign theme of creating new jobs, promising to “shake things up” in Richmond. The Macker touted his resources — nearly 5,800 volunteers, 14 field offices, statewide grassroots network. And he rattled off the long list of endorsements he’s garnered.

Finally, McAuliffe referenced the Schweitzer endorsement, adding that Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Penn.) will also announce his support of McAuliffe today.

Brian Moran’s interview has been pushed to Monday morning, due to coverage of the president’s visit to Buchenwald.

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