Deeds Says Some of His Beliefs Have Also Changed

By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer
By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer

Democrat Creigh Deeds said Thursday that some of his beliefs have changed in 20 years as he attacked his Republican foe in the governor's race for a conservative thesis he wrote in 1989.

At a news conference that featured women denouncing the paper Bob McDonnell wrote, Deeds acknowledged that changing times had changed his views, but he didn't identify which ones.

After The Washington Post reported details of the thesis Sunday, McDonnell renounced arguments he made then, saying life experiences and those of his two grown daughters in the work force changed him.

Among views McDonnell said he no longer holds were that working women and feminists were detrimental to families and that the state had a right to discriminate against "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators."

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