Does Kaine Want Deeds to Go Positive?

It appears Gov. Tim Kaine (D) is growing uneasy with the negative tone taken his party’s candidate for governor, Creigh Deeds.

Tuesday Kaine told reporters that Deeds’ attacks on Republican Bob McDonnell’s views on social issues have helped “close the gap” in the race.

But he quickly added that “It’s up to Creigh in the final innings to make the simple sell for himself.”

Kaine wouldn’t elaborate on the details of his conversations with Deeds.

Earlier this week, Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) expressed similar concerns, telling The Washington Post “[Deeds has] got to give voters a reason to vote for Creigh.”

During an August interview for NBC29’s upcoming special report “A Captiol Conversation,” Kaine said he regrets going negative during his 2005 gubernatorial run.

“The one thing I would say — and this might be an encouragement to candidates — we ran on issues, we ran on character, a very positive campaign,” Kaine said. “I did run one ad that would be a negative ad that, you know, I wish I hadn’t run.”

“Candidates: be true to yourself,” Kaine said during the interview.

“You get a lot of people around you telling you everything to do and obviously you’re paying for good advice and you need to listen to advice, but the most important thing is be true to yourself.”

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