Obama Could Give Va GOP a Scare, Bolling Says
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.
January 8, 2008; 2:22 PM ET
Categories: Bill Bolling , Election 2008/President , Tim Craig
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