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. Texas Teacher

    Seems like the McCain Camp cannot say anything without offending someone! A general lack of integrity or just plain ignorance. I'm not sure which! Or maybe they are just THAT far out of touch with the American people!

    October 18, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. anyonmous

    (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 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.

    October 18, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Marylou

    kinda like saying the Republicans are the "real" patriotic people...or the "real" Americans..I am sick of thier name calling...just the issues, folks...thats what "we" want to talk about

    October 18, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. MIKE J.

    When I here people say that Palin is a breath of fresh air, I have to wonder about those people.

    It's amazing that people who support her for VP do not care that she is unqualified, uneducated and lacking the attributes require to be a heartbeat away from being PRESIDENT!!

    SHE HAS LIED ABOUT EVERYTHING since she arrived on the scene. LIED about earmarks, tax cuts, troopergate, etc.....

    These people must be very, very DUMB!!!

    October 18, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. I Hope I'm "Pro-America"

    Is this sort of like the comments Palin made in North Carolina about being in a "pro-America" area? Can't fail but notice that it comes from the same campaign.

    If this is true, I am not just disappointed in the McCain campaign, but I am INCENSED. How dare they accuse any area of any state to be more American than another area of the same state. How dare they make the insinuation that some parts of the country aren't patriotic because they do not represent "small-town America".

    If I am Senator McCain, I would get to damage control again and publicly repudiate both the Palin and Pfotenhauer comments claiming because one area has "small-town values" it is more "pro-America" or "real Virginia".

    October 18, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. did you notice..

    So its not just Mccain or Palin? The entire campaign as foot in mouth syndrom.

    October 18, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. McCainGate

    Guess what, Ms. Pfoftotentohauer??

    You have to reach out to a lot of demographics in America to win an Presidential election, not just the so-called "real Virginia" and Southerners.

    October 18, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. John, VA

    Is there any more proof needed that one ticket is stoking hate and division?

    Lets see:
    -pro america vs. anti america
    -socialist vs. capitalist
    -"real" virginia vs. "unreal" virginia

    October 18, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Ron

    Real Virginia? Is that one of the "Pro America" areas of our Nation that Palin refers to?

    October 18, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. Lisa

    Now we have the "real Virginia" to go along with those in "pro-America". Seems like the McCain campaign only represents some of us.

    October 18, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. sabuc for Obama

    "real Virginia"? "Pro-American areas"? Looks like the seeds of division are sprouting. Shame on you Mr. McCain. If this campaign is preview of your Presidency, you need not be running for the job.

    Obama for President.

    October 18, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Amy

    There they go again...trying to divide people! People wake up! Barack and Joe are the only ticket that are trying to unite us!

    October 18, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. gail

    what i think is hysterical about this quote is that mccain's headquarters are in crystal city, VIRGINIA. but apparently, since crystal city is right out side of DC, they are not in "REAL VIRGINIA". seriously, how many times can mccain slam the state that his headquarters are and still expect to win it?
    i live in virginia and i will vote for obama in VIRGINIA (the real one, that is).

    October 18, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Dave in Atlanta

    REAL VIRGINIA, SOUNDS LIKE PRFO AMERICAN AREAS AND THAT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Republicans really don't get it.......

    October 18, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Chris

    More divisive words from the Republican campaign. What a shock. Deriding one portion of a state. I guess the north part of Virginia is not "pro-American" enough for Republicans.

    October 18, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. values

    Can you expect anything but a stupid or offensive comment from a Mccain campaign person. Where did he find these clowns.

    October 18, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. JAck

    KEEP FIGHTING McCAIN!!! People in VA are SMART – they will VOTE for the best person to LEAD our country.

    obama = welfare
    McCain = JOBS

    VOTE McCain/Palin

    October 18, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. P. D.

    Who is more American? What's the real Virginia? What are these people talking about? WE ARE ALL AMERICANS! We are white, brown and black. We have different faiths. We are a melting pot. McCain and Palin are insulting millions of Americans. This kind of division is what is wrong with politics today.

    October 18, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  19. Bennie

    I would really like to hear from the people of Virginia about this. I don't think the McCain campaign know that this could be seen as being divisive.

    October 18, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. Queen

    This is exactly what we don't need. The "real" Virginia, as opposed to the "fake" Virginia. The “pro-America” as opposed to the anti-American. I’m sure she’ll have another explanation for her statement. We don't need division, and that's exactly what the McCain ticket has become more of. I'm not watching Sarah Palin on SNL, I’d rather find something constructive to do with my time. We don't need a comedian; we need an intelligent, articulate and upstanding, knowledgeable VP, like Joe Biden.

    October 18, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. vic

    John McCain should explain the "real John McCain and the real Sara Palin", and should explain his horrible robo calls, his horrible race baiting, hate mongering, traitor speaking ralies, and why he is trying to start a race war in the USA.
    He should also know that he and the republican party are destroying the good name of our country by resorting to such a degrading campaign.

    October 18, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. republicans hate america

    Listen to what they are saying people they are drawing lines to divide this country this is how much they hate this country

    October 18, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. Bea

    wow..first Palin enjoys hanging out in Pro-American states and now McCin will win in :real: virginia,,,my understanding..only those who will vote Republican are real AMericans? This is an insult to AMerican politics. SO many people worked hard for unity in America and McCain and Palin are doing a good job destroying the United States.

    October 18, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Alison Sohmer

    And what did the Philadelphia Inquirer happen to say?

    October 18, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. vic

    Everyone making excuses for Johm McCain and his scummy campaign, saying he dosen't know whats going on, is simply proving that if McCain can't run his campaign he certaintly can't run this country.
    I am so ashamed of him and of Sara Palin that I cannot bear to watch any news program that endorses them, or any newspaper that endorses them. They are ruining the good name of our country, and I will never support anyone that degrades an entire race of people just to win an election.
    This McCain-Palin racism, including their robo calls, needs to stop now.

    October 18, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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