McCain defends Virginia, Biden cautions Democrats

The state of Virginia may be absolutely key to both Barack Obama and John McCain this year. Many experts agree, and I have confirmed through looking at the electoral map, that there aren’t too many avenues for a McCain victory without taking Virginia. As such, the Obama campaign is spearheading a massive effort, especially in Northern Virginia as I can attest, to sway voters and turn this state blue.

Report from Yahoo News:

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – A top aide to John McCain said Saturday the Republican presidential nominee still has a strong chance of winning the state because of his support in “real Virginia,” the downstate areas far removed in distance and political philosophy from the more liberal northern part of the state.

“As a proud resident of Oakton, Va., I can tell you that the Democrats have just come in from the District of Columbia and moved into northern Virginia,” McCain senior adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer said on MSNBC. “And that’s really what you see there. But the rest of the state, real Virginia, if you will, I think will be very responsive to Sen. McCain’s message.”

Program host Kevin Corke asked Pfotenhauer if she wanted to retract the comment, prompting her to reply, “I mean ‘real Virginia’ because northern Virginia is where I’ve always been, but ‘real Virginia’ I take to be the — this part of the state that is more Southern in nature, if you will. Northern Virginia is really metro D.C.”

Earlier this month, McCain’s brother, Joe, told those at an event for the Republican nominee that two Democratic-leaning areas in Northern Virginia, Arlington and Alexandria, were “communist country.” He quickly apologized and called the remark a joke.

The senator’s campaign headquarters is in Arlington, as is the home he uses while in Washington. McCain also attended high school in Alexandria.

Northern Virginia is the most populous in the state, so if McCain considers it enemy territory, he would have to run up large margins in the Hampton Roads and less populated areas of Virginia to win on Election Day. During a rally in the Washington suburb of Woodbridge, Va., on Saturday, McCain noted that his first posting in the Navy was in coastal Norfolk.

Virginia, of all states, is such a fascinating case study to me this year. In both 2000 and 2004, it went +8 points for Bush over Gore and Kerry, it’s a very red state. However, either the polls are terribly screwed up, which is very possible, or the heavily Democratic area of Northern Virginia is beginning to take over this typically red state, and is perhaps positioned to turn it blue.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Sen. Joe Biden continue Sen. Obama’s message of cautious optimism and steadied expectations.

The report from Yahoo News:

ATHERTON, Calif. – Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says he’s optimistic that Barack Obama will be elected president, but he cautioned supporters on Saturday not to be too confident.

The Delaware senator noted that Democrats Al Gore and John Kerry were also well ahead in polls just weeks before Election Day in 2000 and 2004, but both lost their presidential contests to President Bush.

“We’ve been here before. We’ve been poised to win the presidential election,” Biden said. “The last two times we underestimated how successful virulent attacks are.”

Biden spoke to about 150 Democratic donors at a luncheon fundraiser at the home of former state controller and gubernatorial candidate Steve Westly in Atherton, a wealthy Silicon Valley suburb.

The vice presidential candidate warned supporters that the campaign will get “ugly” over the next 17 days, noting that Republican John McCain’s campaign has started making automated telephone calls “sending in the most scurrilous stuff you’ve heard.”

In recent days, senators from both parties have asked the Arizona senator to stop using “robo-calls” that link Obama to former 1960s radical William Ayers.

2000 and 2004 are prime examples of the race change quickly in the last days of the campaign, clearly Obama and Biden can see that possibility happening again which is why they’re urging supporters to remain vigilant in their efforts and make certain they turn out to vote.

  • It’ll be real interesting election night to see who’s and who’s down and who won what where.

    On another note, anyone else think this Robo-call ploy by the McCain campaign smacks desperation? It absolutely stinks in my opinion. No doubt Babs, Bill, O_S and the likes will be jumping up and down with glee like kids, but it absolutely stinks.

  • Bruce

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  • Bill Hedges

    News media is re-visting Iraq. Story coming out that violents is way down. Dealths way down. Soon American soilders are expected to be used only as back-up. U.N. agreement ends at in of year. New agreement between new government and America is expected soon. Large numbers of our soilders re-enlisted this past 7-4 in Iraq. our volunteer soilders realized the importants of their job. Thanks to our fine soilders, a honorable end is near. With Iraq becoming a self controled nation. No more of the 500,00 dealth at the hands of their Dictator.

  • Pats

    Hey Bill, did you write about new agreement between USA and Iraq? Please follow the news. The Iraqis are demonstrating for the immediate withdrawal of American soldiers. What you called an honourable end has become a disgraceful end. The Iraqis see your fine soldiers ugly in their country. They would have been handsome and beautiful in Parkinstan and Afganistan. Instead of thinking of “500,00 death at the hands of their (Iraqi’s)dictator”, think of the hundreds American souls and hundreds of thousands dollars lost in fighting a disregarded war

  • Bill Hedges

    Pats- I have discussed this in other treads.

  • Bruce I’m guessing you watched McCain on Letterman when the subject of Libby came up, McCains face was a picture, looked like he’d been caught with his pants down by his mother….very funny to see.