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Virginia Politics Blog: August 3, 2008 - August 9, 2008

DNC Targets Cantor and Other Possible VPs

The Democratic National Committee launched a new website The Next Cheney to target Sen. John McCain's potential running mates, including U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia. The website criticizes Cantor for voting with President Bush 92.5 percent during the 110 Congress and having ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Cantor, 45, chief deputy minority whip in the House, has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential choice in recent days. He is one of seven vice presidential candidates listed on the website, including Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, U.S. Sen. John Thune and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Cantor's office declined to comment....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 7, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President , Eric Cantor , John McCain  
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More Than 1,000 Attend Obama Fundraiser

About 1,200 people attended a fundraiser for Democratic Sen. Barack Obama last night in downtown Norfolk at the elegant Harrison Opera House adorned with glittering chandeliers and sweeping staircases. The headliner, Michelle Obama, described the November presidential election between her husband and Republican Sen. John McCain as a decision between "the world as it is and the world as it should be." "Our job as Americans is to narrow the gap between those two ideas," she said. "Do we settle for the world as it is or fight for the world as it should be?" The fundraiser was hosted by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, who are on a family vacation with their children this week in nearby Virginia Beach. Kaine's apperance fueled further speculation about his vice presidential chances....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 7, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Kaine Appears on CNN for Obama

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) took a break from his family vacation at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach to appear on CNN today for Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Kaine talked about the Iraq War, offshore oil drilling and the possibility of being Obama's running mate. Kaine, an Obama friend and one of his campaign's national co-chairmen, said he is not running for anything but that he would do everything he could to help Obama win the White House in November. "My highest and best use is trying to be a good governor and trying to help Sen. Obama in Virginia, which as you know traditionally hasn't gotten a lot of attention in presidential years," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on the "Situation Room."...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 6, 2008; 8:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Another Democrat Will Run Against Wittman

A month after the Democratic candidate dropped out of the race to challenge U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R), the party has found someone else to run in Virginia's 1st Congressional District, which includes part of Prince William County. Bill Day, a mental health counselor from Warrenton who lost to Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter, (R-Prince William) in 2007, will run for the seat in November. "With Bill Day responding to the call to service, we now have a Democratic candidate who can join with Barack Obama and Mark Warner to bring change to our district, to our Commonwealth and to our country,'' said Suzette Matthews, chairwoman of the First Congressional District....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 6, 2008; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress , Prince William  
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MCain Airs New TV Ad in Virginia

Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, began airing a new ad on TV today in key states, including Virginia. The ad, entitled "Family," accuses Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, of supporting higher taxes and increased government spending that will hurt small businesses and cost jobs. "While Barack Obama is the biggest celebrity in the world, that doesn't do much to help American families who are hurting from higher gas prices and the threat of home foreclosure,'' according to a press release....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 6, 2008; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Campaign Ads , Election 2008/President , John McCain  
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A Short Hiatus

Starting at noon today, we'll be taking a break from posting here and turning off comments for approximately 24 hours. This is to allow for scheduled software upgrades and other maintenance. We appreciate your readership and feedback, and look forward to hearing from you again tomorrow....

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 5, 2008; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Michelle Obama to Speak to Military Spouses

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's campaign released details about Michelle Obama's visit to Norfolk tomorrow to speak to military spouses. She will use her first visit to Virginia to talk about the challenges facing military families and how her husband, the presumptive Democratic nominee, plans to support them if he becomes president. The campaign has ensured Obama will have a friendly crowd. The event is by invitation only....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 5, 2008; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama's Campaign To Hold Town Halls in Virginia

This week, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign will hold a series of town hall meetings in Virginia to describe the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's plans for restoring the economy and creating jobs. Obama's economic advisors, members of Congress and local elected leaders will serve as panelists. They include: Daniel Sepulveda, who handles economic policy issues for Obama's U.S. Senate office, U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia) and Martinsville Vice Mayor Kimble Reynolds. The events will begin tomorrow. Details are below:...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 4, 2008; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Cantor Won't Talk About the VP Slot

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, a rising star in the Republican leadership in Congress, told reporters today that he would not talk about possibly being considered by Sen. John McCain as a running mate. "This is a press conference about the energy plan and the difference between the vision Barack Obama has and John McCain,'' Cantor told reporters on a conference call. In recent days, several media sources have reported that McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, had asked Cantor for personal documents used to vet him to be considered vice president. Cantor, 45, chief deputy minority whip in the House, has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential choice for weeks and has increasingly been a surrogate for McCain on television news shows....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 4, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Eric Cantor , John McCain  
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Democrats Register Voters At Gas Stations Today

The Virginia Campaign for Change, an offshoot of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign funded by the Democratic National Committee, will register voters at gas stations across the state today. State Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) and Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris will participate in the events, which will take place in Arlington, Charlottesville and Richmond. "Motorists who are fed up with sky-high oil company profits made on the backs of consumers paying higher prices at the pump will have the opportunity to register to vote -- and help Barack Obama put in place a new energy policy that will give relief to middle class families and break our addiction to foreign oil,'' according to a press release. Obama has talked about providing families with a $1,000 middle-class tax cut and spending $150 billion in renewable and other clean sources of energy. Details of the events are below:...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 4, 2008; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , General Assembly 2008  
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