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Obama Could Give Va GOP a Scare, Bolling Says

Tim Craig

Lt. Gov Bill Bolling (R) said today Virginia Republicans believe they would have a much harder time defeating Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) than they would Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in this year's presidential race.

A Democratic presidential nominee has not won Virginia since 1964, but Democrats believe their luck may change this year.

Bolling, who is state chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in Virginia, said he thinks a Republican will still win Virginia's 13 electoral votes. But Bolling said "without a doubt" he thinks Obama would pose a stiffer challenge to the GOP nominee.

"He is a new face, a fresh face with a very appealing message, and no where near as divisive as Hillary Clinton," Bolling said in an interview. "Clearly, he would be a stronger candidate for Democrats."

If Obama is the nominee, Bolling said he and other Republicans will remind Virginia voters about his lack of foreign policy experience and his liberal stances on some issues.

Bolling said Obama is "superficial" because he speaks in "meaningless platitudes" and is "wrong on every major issue."

But, Bolling adds, Obama may force Virginia Republicans to work harder than they have in years to assure a GOP victory.

By Tim Craig  |  January 8, 2008; 2:22 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Bolling , Election 2008/President , Tim Craig  
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hey, meaningless platitudes can win!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 8, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Bolling said Obama is "superficial" because he speaks in "meaningless platitudes" and is "wrong on every major issue."

Doctor! Heal thyself!

Posted by: Hector | January 8, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"But, Bolling adds, Obama may force Virginia Republicans to work harder than they have in years to assure a GOP victory."

Virginia Republicans can work as hard as they want and they won't be able to roll the clock backwards.

Virginia Republicans (of whom there are a diminishing number) will have to convince Independents to trust them again. That's just not going to happen. Republicans should have cut their losses and let Kerry win in 2004. There's a very real chance the Party would have kept both houses of Congress in 2006 and that Kerry would have gone down in 2008.

Instead Republicans stuck by Bush and have destroyed the Party.

I think there's a hard lesson to be learned: Sometimes a win is a loss.

Posted by: Yeah...Right | January 8, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Is Virginia "still" racially on wrong side of right?

Posted by: James Banks | January 8, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Bolling said Obama is "superficial" because he speaks in "meaningless platitudes" and is "wrong on every major issue."

Mr. Bolling supported the infamous state traffic fines last year, but now wants them repealed after seeing a public backlash. Its funny how he can cast stones after he stuck his finger in the wind and saw where the wind was blowing on that issue. Bill Bolling has stood for little since being elected, other than complaining about virtually everything Governor Kaine has proposed. If Obama is "wrong on every issue", then why are Democrats, Independents, and even some Republicans supporting his presidential bid?

Posted by: John | January 9, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

I love meaningless platitudes!

Posted by: average voter | January 9, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

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