October 18th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
10 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. Ramon

    What Nancy was trying to say that if you don’t vote for McCain were not American and patriotic.

    October 18, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. No Hillary = No Obama

    McCain's theme: Country First. Obama's theme: Me First.

    October 18, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. Jenny

    . . . . Want to see what Sara Palin will look like as President?

    Just Google Mudfats.wordpress.com and look under funstuff and
    click on Sara Palin as president.

    SOOO HILLAROUS!!!, or maybe not.

    October 18, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. CLS in VT

    Calling the rest of the state not the real Virginia just ensures that he has lost those voted. Another dumb move, McCain.

    October 18, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. acs - chicago

    USA's 51st state, "Real Virginia".

    October 18, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. Say What-NC

    So now certain parts of Virginia is the so call "Real Virginia." So what do the GOP call the remaining parts of Virginia?

    Can we get any more divided?

    October 18, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. Republican gone independent

    McCain and Palin, I beg of you, please keep up your campaign tactics as your are putting yourselves right out of public service and Obama in the White House. So glad the majority of Americans finally see through you and your real selfish agenda. You are two of the most desperate despicable liars ever to run. Wow! I can't beleive anyone could top Bush. 17 more days and we'll be free of your invasion of our lives and this country.

    October 18, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. Michael

    That must be the pro-american part of Virginia.

    More stupid divisive remarks from the McCain campaign.

    October 18, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. Denise OKC

    Is "real" Virginia located anywhere near the "pro-America" part of the country McPagan referred to? Boy this country is more divided than we thought. We Need Obama/Biden's leadership.
    Cant wait to early vote!!!!

    October 18, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. InidanTiger

    Real Virginia? Do the real Virginians realize that they are a dirt poor state if not for the Norther Virginians?

    October 18, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. greg


    October 18, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. Seattle Sue

    Nancy Pfotenhauer can out spin McCain and Palin and that is quite a feat.

    October 18, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. oscar

    Is palin pro-American statement that of country first? I bet you, if the twosome of Mccain and palin enters the White House, America will be far from one indivissibe Nation and a far cry from the police of the world. these two will go to war with any country that would not give them a thumb up.

    October 18, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. fabrice

    I'm conservative young man who's supporting Obama not because i agree with him but because i hate John Mccain divisive campaign.
    she is saying NOVA is not real VA because those people don't agree with john mccain, that's the same thing Palin said calling some parts of the country pro america just because they agree with them.
    This is not right and it needs to change

    Roanake, VA

    October 18, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. B. Vic

    I cringe to hear this divisive campaign by McCain and Co.
    Which part is the "real Virginia" and which is the "unreal", and the "real or good part of America" and the " Unreal America"?
    For a person who would "rather win a war than win an election" , Isn't it hypocritical that uniting us in this country is far more important than breaking it into parts for political gains.?
    I remember the Iraq war was won a long time ago when our President declared, "Mission Accomplished" Several years latter our sons and daughters are still fighting and dying to "win the peace"
    I hope at the end of this combative electioneering Nov. 5, there would be one and only one United States of America.

    October 18, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Another Republican gone independent

    Couldn't agree more! These two have become the most abhorrent, tasteless and dividers of our greeat country. They have brought out the worst of America including racisism, terriorist, socialism and hatism, not to mention that Joe the Plumber is actually Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, the grandson of Charles Keating (of the Keating Five)? If so, then Joe's dad would be Robert Wurzelbacher (Keating's son-in-law) who testified against him in the savings & loan scandal, and went to federal prison for about 3 and a half years for misappropriating several million dollars.

    October 18, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. dpmd

    More uninformed comments-the McCain campaign is grasping at straws in midst of the chaos that is the McCain campaign.

    October 18, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  18. D in Phoenix

    First the Minnesota Congresswoman, then Palin, now this hack.

    If you aren't in lock-step with the McCain way of thinking, somehow you live in a place that is not the "Real Virgina", "Part of the the country that loves America" or you hold "UnAmerican views".

    If these goons manage to steal the election, can the rest of us take a clue from Todd Palin and ask to secede?

    October 18, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. Crazy Cat Lady

    Yet another wallow in wedge politics as the McCain campaign struggles desperately to claw its way out of the dustbin of history.

    October 18, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. Jennifer

    I think the American people should send Palin and her sidekick McCain packing. All this talk of por-America parts of the country and the "real Virginia" is unpatriotic and un-American.

    October 18, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The "Real" Virginia? Is there a "Make-Believe" Virginia? Another hollow and unsuccessful attempt by the McCain campaign to divide this country's voters. His only chance of success is to make people fear Obama. There is and has never been a compelling reason to vote for John McCain.

    October 18, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  22. David

    I guess after the election, McCain will proclaim victory in the patriotic, real America, even if Obama won more electoral votes.

    With the secessionist Sarah Palin around, how long before we see the "Red States of America" try to split off from the Union?

    All kidding aside, it is pathetic that the McCain camp should continue to push this idiotic notion that Obama, and now Obama supporters, are un-American, as if only the McCainiacs know what it is to be true citizens.

    October 18, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  23. DDH


    Northern Virginia is quite different than the rest of Virginia. Always has been. Very liberal in their thinking. Im sure it has something to do with their proximity to DC. Ive lived in the Shenandoah Valley all my life and Northern Virginia has almost always voted different than the rest of the state. However, they also have a large population base so are able to influence the rest of the state.

    October 18, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. New Day

    Ah yes... They are using the ol' "let's insult a third of a state we are trying to win" strategy. It's a bold move; lets see if it works out for them

    October 18, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. mms

    This is exactly how this campaign has acted from day one,if your not for mccain your'e not pro america or some how less of a human being. they continue to use coded language to hide their racism .We all know what the old south is really like.what they do not realize is evey american is proud of their country,state and they will be glad to see racism die so this country can truely be what our fore fathers intended it to be.For everyone who wants freedom.

    October 18, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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