October 18th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
10 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
soundoff (327 Responses)
  1. zack

    a campaing of division!?

    October 18, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. David, Belmont, MI

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Nancy Pfotenhauer!!! Able to put her ENTIRE FOOT inside of her mouth!

    October 18, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. nelda

    I suppose McCain only counts the ones in Virginia that are voting for him,..he kind-of forgets about the others.
    Is this right, McCain? You ignore the others who are not favoring you?

    October 18, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. Keith

    What does it say about America, that this sick old man from this morally bankrupt party with the yeehaw running mate is STILL in the hunt? History will judge this sad chapter.

    October 18, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. Enzo - Canada

    There they go again–the Republicans just keep making dumb comments. They just spew this stuff out and they can't even support what they're saying with THEIR OWN actions.

    Canadian for Obama.

    October 18, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Fred

    More divisive speech by the McCain-Palin campaign? Well ain't that a surprise. America needs a uniter, not a divider. That's why Barack gets my vote.

    October 18, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. Phoenix White

    Lol... McCain's subordinates are pathetic. If he couldn't get "fake" Virginians before, he definitely wont anymore.

    October 18, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. phil

    We will make VA blue.

    October 18, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. William

    I can't believe that McCain and Palin are bringing up the "Red Scare" tactic. What a pair of morons, and anyone who believes this BS is a moron too. Birds of a feather......

    October 18, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. Reina, San Francisco, CA

    A "splash?" A splash is what an actor makes when they star in their first major role, or what a debutante does when their sweet 16 goes well. What Pfotenhauer made was an insult to Northern Virginians, and a veiled attack on the fabric that binds people together in that state. Along with Governor Palin's comments, we can now see a consistent pattern by the McCain campaign, to divide the people of this country and turn them against one another. They are playing with fire, and we must recognize and reject these vile tactics. We are all "real" Americans, just as all Virginians are "real" Virginians.

    October 18, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. Independent Republican


    October 18, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  12. Richard

    Not content with dividing the nation, McCain and Palin are now trying to divide states. Maybe split states can try to leave the U.S. like Palin's husband's political party for 7 years wants.

    October 18, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  13. Once 4 Mccain

    Everyday Mccain or Palin says or does something stupid

    October 18, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA



    October 18, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  15. Sharlin

    Just another example of how disorganized, disjointed, and so gungo with creating division the McCain campaign has become. It's a real shame McCain has these people around him. Shows how little disregard he has for the future of this country and another example of how he has no real thought towards who will surround him.

    October 18, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  16. Voteing Obama!!

    When I heard Ms Pfotenhauer say this on MSN I was surprised to hear there are parts of Virginia that are not "Real"

    October 18, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  17. "Not Real Virginian Vote For Obama"

    "Obama Will Win Virginia"!!!!

    October 18, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  18. Amber, VA

    Just the same old politics of fear and division, just like Bush. I can't believe I felt sorry for McCain in 2000 when Bush trashed him in SC. Turns out McCain is just like his buddy Bush, If not worse. What a sad soul.

    October 18, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. Diane CA


    October 18, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. Lady_Di

    A house divided against itself cannot stand, or have they forgotten??

    October 18, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  21. Enough

    Florida will turn blue.

    October 18, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  22. Blue

    Nancy Pfotenhauer needs to take a cue from Michele Bachmann. Comments like that can cause a serious backlash! Virginia do your thang & go BLUE!!!!

    October 18, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. andre

    its plain to see obama more intelligence even calmer than mc cain its clear obama the next president

    October 18, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. murph

    For weeks I've been reading comments of Obama supporters and they are extremely disrespectful towards McCain who is an honorable man, both a war hero, veteran, and patriot. Guess they are like their hero Obama who routinely shades the truth and has never served in the military. I'm voting for the veteran.

    October 18, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  25. Independent for Obama

    Virginians love Obama and Obama loves Virginians. As far as Obama is concerned, all Virginians are real, only Mccain and palin call certain areas Pro America or real. Guess what Mccain/Palin, we're all pro America and all Virginians are real.

    October 18, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
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