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. sandee in Portland

    It's my opinion McCain will lose this election for the same reason Hillary lost the primary. He went into this election thinking the red states were in the bag for him and, therefore, did not show those states much attention until it's too late. Now all he can do is try to shore up the red states instead of trying to change one or two of the blue states. Shows the difference between a well run, carefully thought out campaign and one run by the seat of it's pants.

    October 18, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. JIM HAWK

    STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES !!!

    October 18, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    What is the matter with those Republicans?

    First Palin says she thinks the small towns are the 'real America' and that she enjoys the 'pro-American' parts of the USA.

    And now this wacky woman that is trying to divide up Virginia.

    America the UNITED STATES!

    Enough is enough – vote Obama/Biden '08

    October 18, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. humgrad, iowa city, ia

    Just a minute- did Pfotenhauer SAY anywhere that McCain/Palin campaigned more than Obama/Biden in "real" Virginia? According to the article above, all she said was that McCain would do better in "real" Virginia than Obama would, which is exactly what current polls (as well as previous voting patterns) would show pretty clearly. Thus, the "however" clause in the first sentence of the above article doesn't make very much sense.

    October 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Tony

    I am offended. As someone who has been adopted by VA, for McCain to say that we are not the real VA is insulting.
    If that is the case, we, North of Federicksburg will succeed to North Virgina. Considering we have all the job, and companies in Reston and and Fairfax, we will keep out own income tax, and business taxes, so we can spend it in the new State of North Virgina. Just like how West Virginia struggles, lets see how South Virginia, would be.

    We have the McCain campaign putting McCain first, and not Country. No sense of history that we fought a war to divide this country.
    But I guess that is OK with McCain, because Todd Palin belongs to a party that wants to see Alaska succeed from the US.

    McCain is a joke!

    October 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Lies. Check.

    Smears. Check.

    Out of ideas lets resort to personal attacks. Check.

    Lets not talk about the issues. Check.

    Hateful robocalls that were effective against me in 2000. Check.

    McCarthyism. Check.

    I'm John McCain and I approve these tactics.

    October 18, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Charlie

    These people are so unbelievably divisive. "Pro-America," the "real" Virginia, etc...I can't belive that millions of people are falling for this crap.

    October 18, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. Brett i

    Nancy's right on target!

    October 18, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Carmen

    Since Pfotenhauer thinks I do not live in the real VA perhaps she could tell the state to stop taking taxes out of my checks.

    October 18, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Why is it so close?

    "Pro-American parts of the country"..."real Virginia"...what's next?

    What next? The McCain-Palin cabal need to learn to chose words more carefully. Whether they meen to or not their words have the potential to divide America in a crucial time when we must be united.

    Obama-Biden 2008!

    October 18, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Mary Porter

    Pfotenhauer and Palin seem to be trying to communicate in a code I remember well. During my childhood in deep South, I saw the Klan mobilize against school integration and the Voting Rights Act with easily deciphered substitutions of "patriotic" catch-phrases. They knew everybody knew what they were saying, but they kept a veneer of respectability because people went along with it.

    The whole McCain strategy is now based on the idea that some regions of the country are more "pro-American" or "more Southern in nature." They attack the Democratic Party for including people who aren't "real" Americans like them because they live in cities or along coasts. I have wonderful news for them, though; they are wrong. There are no red states or blue states, this is the United States of America.

    October 18, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. Steve

    GARBAGE campaign..Too bad there is no lew against it..

    STOP THE IDIOTS WHO ELECTED GEORGE W. BUSH FROM PUTTING MACBUSH IN THE WHITE HOUSE TOO. BUSH RUINED THE COUNTRY AND THIS 73 LIAR WILL DESTROY IT..

    October 18, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. Stew

    Of course Obama has out-campaigned John McCain in most states. Maybe it's because he has huge amounts of foreign donated funds. John McCain has taken root throughout the states with the silent conservative crowds. You go John and Sarah!

    October 18, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. Lou from CT

    Once again, McCain and his cronies are trying to divide voters in Virginia and other states with hateful words and phrases ("real VIrginia, "Socialism"). The "CREEP", "Swift boat", "splatter theory" tactics of the Republican Party WILL NOT SUCCEED. Voters need to decide who to vote for based on issues, not hateful speech and words.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 18, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  15. Elizabeth - TEXAS - former Republican

    McCain ALL of the wonderful State of Virginia should count.
    Palin ALL of the USA is pro-America.

    November 5th will be a wonderful day when you both are in the past and not in the future. Remember Palin doesn't like to talk about the past.

    Barack Obama/Joe, "the Senator"

    October 18, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. L. MIAMI, FLORIDA

    HEY OLD MCSHAME ,

    STOP SENDING US YOUR NASTY E-MAILS, WE ARE DEMOCRATS NOW !

    INSANE OLD MAN, WOULD PLEASE STOP SAYING THAT OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST .

    DOWN HERE IN FLORIDA, WE SOUTHERNERS KNOW BETTER !

    YOU HAVE NO HONOR ANGRY OLD MAN,

    WE HAVE ENOUGH OF YOU AND YOUR GIRLFRIEND SARAH MCFAILIN .

    MCNASTY,

    WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL SARAH FAILIN TO LEARN SOME ENGLISH, EVEN OUR HISPANIC NEWCOMERS SPEAK BETTER ENGLISH THAN HER ! SHE IS JUST A BIG MORON !

    JOBS BABY JOBS !

    JOBS BABY JOBS !

    GO OBAMA / BIDEN

    October 18, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Canada

    Pro America,The real Virginia,Socialist I don't no about you all out there I sure am scared of this two dufus malled McPailn

    October 18, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. Virginian

    Senator McCain is such an divisive person. Shame on him. His action will only demonstrates that he won't work across the aisle if he becomes the president, no matter what his record shows.

    October 18, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Pat from Canada

    Yikes! Real and Unreal Virginia. I'd be very careful McCain. Your campaign people keeps touting this divisional sentiments that could cause some of your supporters to take their support back.

    October 18, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  20. Jimmy

    Real Virginia... Real America... Real Obama

    Divide and rule...

    I had respect for Mccain... but his campaign has proved that he doe'nt put America first.... he puts his campaign first...

    With due respect, I would like to ask... who is Mccain..
    Is he the same person who fought so honorably for our nation... or the person by palling with Bush/Chaney/Rove has become one of them..

    October 18, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  21. Tina

    Another code word for the "pro america" parts of the country. big tim Racist. If McCain losses well he can probably blame his campaign managers and spokespersons and of course his VP SNL won't help how people view her..........They don't have a Clue.........Divisive words always...................Sad Sad Sad

    October 18, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. Hilary B

    Oh, that's nice. Let's keep dividing the country, why don't we.

    October 18, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. CLS in VT

    Once again McCain/Palin are showing themselves to be dividers.

    October 18, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  24. Andrew

    these mcaine people better be more careful with their comments.

    October 18, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. Doug

    Nancy Photenhauer is one of the reasons McCain is having so many problems; with advise and comments like hers who needs enemies? The Obama campaign thanks you Nancy!!

    October 18, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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