McDonnell Campaign says Radio Profanity Was "An Accident"

Sunday September 13, 2009

A campaign spokesman for Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell responded to an incident Friday where the candidate seemingly used profanity on live radio.

In an interview broadcast across northern Virginia, McDonnell told WTOP's Mark Plotkin he has "outlined twelve f---ing funding mechanisms that are creative, that are entrepreneurial." During the interview, the host and guest both moved past the epithet with no mention of it.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin explained the incident to the Newsplex, saying McDonnell "was speaking quickly and in trying to say 'funding mechanism', he stumbled and accidentally said another word.

"Anyone who spends any time around Bob McDonnell knows he does not use such language," Martin said, adding, "it was an accident. It is that simple."

McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds are scheduled to debate on Thursday in northern Virginia.

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