Creigh Deeds has a lot of baggage that could make his campaign to be Virginia’s governor more difficult than his original run for attorney general four years ago. Candidates are given a tough time when they change their views in a few short years on even one or two major social issues. But Deeds has done so on three major issues: abortion, same-sex marriage, and gun control. The change may make him better attuned the increasing liberal Democratic voters in Virginia, but if he can so quickly change his views on such fundamental issues so quickly, there is ultimately a question of who Deeds really is and what he will do as governor.
Deeds once opposed partial-birth abortion, but now he supports allowing that procedure.
in 2006, Deeds as a state senator supported an amendment defining a marriage as solely between one man and one woman. Now he views that position as a mistake.
The NRA endorsed Deeds when he ran against Republican Bob McDonnell for attorney general in 2005. Since that time though Deeds has also changed his view on guns. He now supports gun show regulations and background checks all private transfers of guns, even between a father and son.