October 18th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 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. Wendy in NC

    The Repub campaign just needs to STOP now before they alienate everyone in their path. I live in NC, will vote for Obama, and I don't believe Greensboro is any more 'pro-american' than the southeast part of the state. McCain's brother has already referred to part of Virginia as 'communist county' and now the bobblehead spokeswoman further divides the state into the 'real' Virginia and...what...the fake Virginia?

    October 18, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Gail


    NVA has been "different" for a long time now. When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s in NVA there was always talk about NVA secession from Va because people up there did not like paying all the taxes for the rest of the state.

    Plus, all you have to do is look at the traffic and the population shifts (my aunt's old place in Annandale is now a gangland for M13). I wonder if they'll all vi=ote for Obama...

    October 18, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. JERRY in Los Angeles

    Oh man! It's going to cost a lot of money we don't have to re-do the flag to include the 51st state of ' Fake Virginia'.

    I had no idea that the United States Of America contains four Virginias

    West Virginia
    Communist Virginia
    Fake Virginia

    October 18, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. Christine El Paso

    soon it's going to be "real America" virsus what should be "Canada" so far this week I've found out that there are certain parts of the US that are patriotic and parts that are not so Patriotic... Don't tell my Husband he may just leave the US ARMY! And now there are states that have real portions to them versus not so real ones! Give it up McCain camp!

    October 18, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. MD in CT

    I would guess that Palin would suggest that the "real Virginia would join Alaska" in leaving the "not real-Virginia" and forming their own country called RUSA or the Real United States of America. Maybe she can get the proAmericans from small towns to move there...but not my town of 7,000 here in New England. But I guess the original 13 states aren't real Americans unless we hunt Moose from a plane.

    life-time NRA member and exAir Force

    October 18, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. kn

    just another intelligent comment made by one of the McCain advisors, they certainly aren't helping McCain.....I don't care Igot my mail in ballot today and I cast my vote for Barack Obama/Joe Biden..........

    October 18, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. suzyku

    mcblame/failin IDIOTS!

    October 18, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Virginia is going BLUE this time around. We are fed up with all the negative junk the McCain people are putting out and we want our country back so that President Obama can take it ahead to a better time. We in Virginia know President Obama will make us proud once again to have a leader who is loved by the whole world and knows how to behave with dignity and treat other world leaders with the respect they deserve, certainly if not for their persona then for their position. It will be good to have other world leaders look up to our president once again instead of thinking he's a stupid bozo with a big arrogant mouth.

    Go Obama/Biden

    October 18, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Ken, Republican Voting for Obama

    We are fed up of the slicing and dicing of this country, we are one people and we will be after this election, Republicans need to grow up

    October 18, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. ENE M DIAZ


    October 18, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Cindy, CA

    The straight talk express has become a disaster in direct proportion to the leadership it represents. Sorely misguided and clueless about the 'reality' of american people. They should all be muffled from ever speaking again... their strategists must be living in the past.... we are beginning the welcome end of the blundering Bush/Cheney error....

    and those knucklehead operators are still thinking fear & terror will win another election.... dumb, out of touch, out of tune with the 21st century.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 18, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. Republican Woman For Obama

    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.”
    LMAO! yes CNN, yes, This is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...NO STATE IS MORE REAL OR PRO-AMERICAN...This is symptomatic of the McCain/Palin campaign, divide and conquer...or at least try anyway! These people are dangerous!

    October 18, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. President William Jefferson Nixon

    Not even worth making a comment; just a few more days of this negative, division stupidity....

    October 18, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Charlie in Maine

    Matbe he could run for Governor of "Real Virginia" next month.
    Hope he has free time.

    Obama/Biden 08-12

    October 18, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. "socialism" = justice



    October 18, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. Charlie in Maine

    Real Virginia isn't that a dance?? Oh no that the Virginia Reel.

    October 18, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. Jam One

    Another fine example of McCain's "experience and judgement" at work. He seems to like surrounding himself with these "Stepford Wives", can you imagine Ms. Pfotenhauer, with her Masters degree in Economics from Liberty University, providing economic policy advice to the POTUS? That would be even more of a problem than Gov. Palin as VP.

    October 18, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |





    October 18, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. President George Hussien Washington

    "Real Virginia" "Real America" AA, yes indeed, Alaska Arizona, they need ot sober up!

    October 18, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Franky

    You know, since we all live in the same country and everybody wants to talk about what is "real" or not, I'll tell you what's real...

    Here, in my home state, our state nickname is called, "Land of Lincoln." And do you wanna know what's "real" about that? The "real" thing about that is that Illinois is loved by God, for God, and with God.

    Now that's a "real" state...

    October 18, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Dave

    You try your best to find an anti-McCain slant to every story, CNN. I don't know why I bother to read this garbage.

    October 18, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. some guy in New Hampshire

    More "us versus them" tactics designed to win an election by dividing us, resulting in a president who has to unite us in order to govern. This is a cynical, despicable strategy that may win an election but can defeat a presidency before it can begin. Short-sighted stupidity that seeks short-term gain for self by sacrificing the long-term good of the nation. If this tactic puts country first, then Sarah Palin is ready to be added to Mount Rushmore.

    October 18, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. CJ/PA

    Just wanted to add that the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" a major paper in Southwest Pennsylvania, endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States!!

    October 18, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. Obama is the REAL Change

    CNN IS there a SHORTAGE of NEWS today....THIS has to be PUNKED, because it can't be that you honestly think we want to read such non news story.............................

    October 18, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  25. Tom, KS

    Obama had over 100,000 people at his rally in St. Louis today. Yet for some reason there isn't a word about it on CNN. How bout some fair and balanced reporting. If Palin had that many at a rally we would be blasted with it for days.

    October 18, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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