October 18th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Who has campaigned more in the 'real Virginia'?

(CNN) – McCain adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer made a splash Saturday by drawing a line between northern Virginia and “real Virginia,” which she said is the “part of the state that is more Southern in nature,” a comment that may not sit well with the many residents of the commonwealth residing north of Frederickburg.

Using Pfotenhauer’s definition, however, Barack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden have out-campaigned their Republican rivals by a significant margin in “real Virginia.”

Obama has made nine campaign stops in central, southwest and southeast Virginia: in Martinsville, Lynchburg, Chester, Chesapeake, Fredericksburg, Lebanon, Norfolk, Roanoke and Newport News. Biden has made two: Castlewood and Fredericksburg.

By contrast, McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin have only ventured out of northern Virginia twice. On Monday, the pair held a joint rally in Virginia Beach, and Palin then continued on to a campaign stop in Richmond.

McCain’s rally Saturday was in the northern Virginia town of Woodbridge, home to thousands of Virginians who commute up to Washington, D.C. every day on I-95.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. will from CO

    So McCain wants to be seen as a "real leader", huh? It might help that image if he'd stop trying to create these rifts between Americans. Guess what? A true leader unites, he doesn't turn people against each other to further his career.when you vote on Nov 4, think about the candidate that campaigns with division and hatred, and the candidate who sat down and talked policy with an opposition voter after she screamed at him and refused to shake his hand. Obama/Biden '08

    October 19, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Nervous in Texas

    pro-American parts of the country? Real-Virginia parts of VA? Brachmann's statement that most of congress should be investigated bc they may hold anti-American sentiments? A RNC woman leader in CA distributing Obama Welfare dollars with his head and fried chicken, watermelon, bbq, and koolaid? Why are they doing this? Why are they bound and determine to have us hate each other? Can they truly believe that if we are not Christian, not white, that we don't love and cherish this country? So are we to believe that we are terrorist if we vote for Obama? Please Sen McCain, please this is not how you would want your grandchildren to know of your legacy. When history writes about you, it will say how you ran the nastiest campaign ever and that it was responsible for stirring up racial divides amongs the good loving people of this nation. If you win, all minorities will feel very scared to live in this nation.

    October 20, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
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