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
soundoff (327 Responses)
  1. BS VA

    It's true. Northern VA and the rest of the state are very different places with very different cultures. I think of the rest of VA as almost a separate state–sort of a second West Virginia.

    October 18, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  2. ....

    Wow, now they're questioning the patriotism of the American people.
    GOOD JOB GUYS.

    October 18, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  3. lore satt

    Virginia, goe blue and leave mCCain/Palin feeling blue!

    October 18, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  4. Nathan

    That comment fits the Republicans M O. Divide someone. Create an enemy. Make them different from you. These scoundrels will be the death of this nation if we allow them.

    October 18, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. AuntieWolf

    Northern Virginia used to be green and gorgeous horse country in the 1960's. A safe place for children to wander miles together on Halloween night. Doors were left open and/or unlocked. It was truly Real Virginia~~~

    Now the horses are gone, the hills (and everything else) covered in concrete. Crime, foreigners and Yankees ruined the place. Heaven turned into hell.

    Well, I have my memories of walking through the snowdrifts to Congressional and Sleepy Hollow Schools.....past the horse pastures and all the birch trees. Some places still had dirt roads!

    Falls Church will always be home in my heart, but it truly isn't "really Virginia" anymore~~~

    Undecided voter. Peace & Love.

    October 18, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  6. PALIN WANTS A DIVIDED UNITED STATES

    I get the rove logic:

    pal with teroorists -Palin
    socialist-Palin McCane-no misspelling intended
    "Obama" bucks and other racist cartoons by RNC
    Bootleg ACORN complaints by RNC
    "pro-America" parts of the country (small town, rural)-Palin
    "real" Virginai-McCane campaign and RNC lobbyist for big business
    =

    UnAmerican people are non-white, live in urban areas, want government handouts

    SOUNDS LIKE A "BIRTH OF A NATION" CAMPAIGN TO ME...
    LOOK UP THE MOVIE. IT WILL MAKE SENSE

    October 18, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  7. DJ VA

    Wow I guess I don't live in the real part of Virginia. That is really a insult. They want to call Obama an elitest, take a look in the mirror McCain Campaign.....now I will go back to my life in the not real part of Virginia

    October 18, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  8. OHIO FOR OBAMA

    mcsame just can't help himself. More divisive speech by the mcsame. they don't know anything else.

    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN FOR REAL POSITIVE CHANGE FOR ALL AMERICANS.

    October 18, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. williefloyd

    Have the Repubs. forgotten our Pledge of Allegiance?? Indivisible-they are making a mockery of the word!!!!

    OBAMA-the UNITER

    October 18, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. Sarsar

    It will be amazing how many votes will be cast by all of us "non-real" Americans. Go Blue!!!

    October 18, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. keeth in california

    Keep it up, Nancy! We love ya!

    G'Obama/Biden '08

    October 18, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  12. KJL

    Apparently the only people in this country who are "real" to McCain and Palin are the ones who fall for their lines.

    October 18, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. Kirsten

    Hate to break it to the good lady, but thos eof us who actually live in Fredericksburg know that Fredericksburg is in Northern Virginia

    October 18, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. Steve

    I hope the next time she's on TV, they'll ask her what differentiates the "real Virginia" from the other parts of the state.

    October 18, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. Turnabout is fair play

    First Flailin Palin says something stupid like "Pro-America" and now this..these two idiots just do NOT get it and they will NOT get in to the Whitehouse either.

    October 18, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  16. Marty from PA

    Gee.... guess I'm from "Fake" Pennsylvania. (Voting for Obama)

    October 18, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  17. Independenthemchandra

    Shame Shame Shame! Shame on you McShame

    October 18, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. fritz williams

    McCain, my own advise to you is to fire your own campaign because i had a enough of your campaign adviser.so u support only those who support your campaign, your action is unspeakable. you are definitely running out of time as sen. obama, said...

    October 18, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    McCain is Elmer Fudd

    October 18, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. george

    Mccain is a liar!

    October 18, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  21. Annie, Atlanta

    John McCain and Sarah Palin won't be satisfied until there is a huge gap between Americans that's unhealable. What in God's green earth are they doing? The real Virginia, the more pro-American areas of the country? And you better check before you go and vote, the GOP are purging voters across this nation, some simply because they haven't voted recent. This is scary stuff folks. It's called win at all costs.

    October 18, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  22. TXvet

    More Politics of Division for John McCain. I'm disgusted with it myself. I take offense that I'm considered less than American by John McCain, just because I don't agree with his world view. Sounds like McBush to me.

    October 18, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  23. PK, Australia

    We used to think of US as very progressive. With the amount of support for McCain/ Palin it seems that many Americans still live in Small Town USA.

    October 18, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. Perusing-Through

    . . . . and we supposed to believe McSame, Palin, and Republican supporters will do a better job in bringing the country and other nations together. Yeah, , , right.

    GOD Bless the United States of America!
    GOD Bless the Obama-Biden Leadership Team!

    October 18, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  25. ...

    Wow, now they're questioning the patriotism of the American people.
    GOOD JOB GUYS.

    POST PLEASE CNN! :)

    October 18, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
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