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
soundoff (327 Responses)
  1. Linda32

    Pro-America, real-virginia? What's next?

    October 18, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Meka

    THE REPUBLICAN DIVISION, IS NOW WITHIN THE STATES. . .

    NEXT, WILL BE YOUR HOME!

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    October 18, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Another Republican for Obama

    It all came down to McCain's picking Palin and what she has shown in the last 6 weeks. To me it showed that his judgment was suspect. The more I see Obama, the more comfortable with him I am.

    October 18, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. The Flag

    As I watched Barack Obama give his economic speech yesterday; I noticed a very peculiar flag next to the american flag behind him. It looked a little like our "stars and stripes", but instead it had a big "O" on it. Now he can put an big "O" on his plane if he likes, but what is he doing altering our American flag, the symbol of our proud country and our patriotism? Our flag represents one nation under God and that one nation is not the Obamanation!

    October 18, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. GeorgiaPeachforObama

    I'm sure the people in northern Virginia are thrilled to know they aren't real. Does that make them exempt from state taxes and laws?

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry over the McCain camp remarks.

    October 18, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Glenn

    It is extremely difficult to understand why the voters of the "real Virginia" would vote for the policies and programs that best fit the propoganda of Nazi Joseph Goebbels.

    October 18, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. dustin

    why does the mccain campaigne continue to insist on naming parts of america as anti-american, or not the real america, they continue to divide the nation. Show me a state that hasn't contributed to america and i'll show you the padded room you belong in.

    October 18, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. William

    Correct me if I'm wrong here. If you live inside the Virginia state border doesn't that make a Virginian. This state is diverse in it's people and ideas. One thing we are not is STUPID!! To the McCain camp don't treat us as if we will fall for the jedi mind trick.

    October 18, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. phil s.

    here we go again...mccain and his cronies keep dividing the country.

    October 18, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. Sue in MI

    McCain's "rally" ought to be called what it is: bash Senator Obama, the Democrats, and anyone who disagrees with McCain and Palin. This campaign is turning out to be the most divisive in history-so glad they both are good at reaching across the aisle, because if hell freezes over and they win, there will be a lot of people on the "other side."

    October 18, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Shooz

    I have lived in Virgina, Iowa, Washington State, and I feel people in the US are all LOYAL Americans, no matter there heritage. Most are intelligent, but very few have the smarts to interpet what policians say. Most listen to someone else spew what they think, without looking anything up themselves ( they are lazy). Maybe McBush could nominate "Joe" for FEMA since "Brownie" was doing such a good job after Katrina.

    October 18, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. indy chris

    Real Virginia, huh? That kinda like the pro-American part of the country? These people are fascists.

    October 18, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. lilacs

    mcCain/Plain is dividing this country worst that bush did. They claim to be pro-america,but all I hear is anti-american bs. The real virgina, pocketsof pro-americans. McCain would rather have a secessionst and a tax evader working for him that an honest hard working american that is tryiing to just get buy ,Thanks to the policay of the republican party. Thanks but no thanks. The real anti working peoples party the republicans. GO OBAMA/BIDDEN only 17 more days to go.America we dont need 4 more years of the same failed policies that mccain will bring.

    October 18, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. LT for Obama

    So there is the "Real Virginia" and the "Pro America". Have these people truly lost their minds?

    So basically, if we don't fall into one of these two, we don't matter? Does that mean that the McCain/Palin administration will only fight for real virginians and pro Americans and just ignore the rest of us?

    October 18, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. anne

    All their "We're real, if you don't like us you're not real" chickens are coming home and laying eggs all over the McCain campaign's face. He can hide in his tiny "real" pockets of support that are fueled by only hatred and greed but he can only hide there for so long.

    100,000 REAL Americans stood up today and said "thanks but no thanks" to the McCain campaign. Obama is a real leader. We have needed one for a long, long time.

    October 18, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Dave in Chicago

    So someone made a foolish statement and CNN feels compelled to defend the Obama camp before they can put out their own statement on the topic. How could CNN be more biased.

    Maybe Peter Hamby and the other "Political Producers" who are more like Obama spokesmen than journalists could consider their bias once in a while.

    (If this gets past the moderators, I'll be pleasantly surprised.)

    October 18, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. INDEPENDENT WOMAN NOW FOR OBAMA

    MCSAME U SCREWED UP WHEN YOU PICKED SOMEONE THAT IS NOT EXPERIENCED IN ANYWAY.

    YOU ARE SCREWING UP RIGHT NOW WITH THIS ROBOCALL STUFF

    YOUR ADVISERS ARE SCREWING UP

    YOUR WHOLE CAMP IS SCREWED UP

    October 18, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. Mike in Toronto

    You know, it really doesn't surprise me anymore. The McCain campaign has shown almost no regard for accuracy or even reality. It's almost as if they sincerely believe that just because they say something it must be true.Look how they've turned poor Joe the Plumber into a political icon of ignorance and inaccuracy.A guy who really could benefit from Obama's tax plans is a Republican icon because he thinks some day he just might make enough to be in higher tax category. In the meantime, his own taxes go unpaid and Obama is a SOCIALIST because he wants to give the other 95% a tax break! Jeesh, this is getting surreal.

    October 18, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. Stephy

    Has anyone else relized that what McPalin is doing just insane. They are pitting americans against americans to win an election.Regardless of where you live it's all the USA. and the USA doesn't want McPalin in the White House.

    October 18, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Michelle Marietta

    McCain and Palin ar so inslulting.........Palin thinks some parts of the country are more American and Patriotic, now McCains advisors claim the real Virginia is the southern part and not Northern Virginia.................

    they are dividing the country just by their campaigns...this is the last straw....I wish the election was tomorrow...shut up Scary Palin and McCain

    Voting for Obama and Biden

    October 18, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. PUMBU

    THAT LADY IS SO DUMB, THIS WHOLE CAMPAIGN IS SO DISORGANIZED AND FULL OF PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND VERY LITTLE, MCCAIN IS JUST ANOTHER BUSH. SAME POLICIES, SAME LOW LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING AND OUT OF TOUCH.

    October 18, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. MDC

    One part of America is more "pro-America" now its "real-Virginia" what's next? McCain is out of touch.

    October 18, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. John

    Obama is the most liberal Senator in America. Look at his voting record. His voting record is more liberal than Harry Reid. Conservative Americans who are thinking of voting for Obama need to realize that if Obama wins, yes, they can feel good that they may have made up for having done racist things in their past by voting for Obama, but they will also empower Reid, Pelosi and Obama to fast track our nation away from a safe balanced bipartisan way of managing our economic evolution. Those of you who feel guilty for your past racist sins, please don’t think that voting for Obama will help clear your conscience.

    October 18, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Independent Voter

    I wonder what "real" Virginians would do if they had to build an economy on something other than the US Defense Department and OUR tax dollars.

    The Commonwealth of Virginia receives more Defense dollars than any other state in the union.

    Talk about feeding at the public trough!!!!!!!

    You say Virginia. I say Oink oink.

    October 18, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. Alvin Sykes

    Last I checked there is only ONE Virginia and it includes Northern Virginia and the entire state is going blue come November 4th.

    October 18, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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