GOP Congressmen talk Guv Race

Four of Virginia’s five Republican congressmen called on Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds Tuesday to stake out positions on federal issues they called critical to the Commonwealth.

Reps. Rob Wittman (R-1st), Randy Forbes (R-4th), Bob Goodlatte (R-6th) and Frank Wolf (R-10th) spoke about the governors race on a conference call with reporters.

The four men pressed Deeds to tell voters what he thinks about issues such as the cap and trade energy bill, union legislation and health care reform.

“It’s not at all clear where the Democratic candidate stands,” Goodlatte said.

The congressmen said there is a great deal of coordination between their offices in Washington and the governor’s office in Richmond.

“It’s important to have a very active chief executive,” Wittman said.

Deeds maintains those federal issues will never cross a Virginia governor’s desk, saying they’re not central to this race.

Republicans — including GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell — have made cap and trade, the so-called card check union bill and health care reform key components of the party’s strategy between now and Election Day.

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