Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
About this Blog   |   On Twitter   |   Follow us on Facebook   |   RSS Feeds RSS Feed

Virginia Politics Blog: August 24, 2008 - August 30, 2008

From the Floor: Final Post From Denver

Chrisi West is a Virginia delegate to the Democratic National Convention who blogged for Virginia Politics from Denver. She is from Alexandria, in Fairfax County. The stadium was packed on Thursday night, and people were still streaming in from the long lines snaking around the building and through the parking lots. The Virginia delegation was still close to the stage, behind Illinois, so we had a prime time spot to see the speeches being made. The most poignant testimonies to the character of the Democratic nominee were the personal stories of regular citizens, union workers, and everyday people. Their reasons for supporting Senator Obama were as diverse as they were themselves, coming from all over the country and from different walks of life. The stories were sad, heartwarming, and sometimes even funny, and I think one man in particular, Barney Smith, won the heart of every person in that...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 30, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  At the 2008 Conventions  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

From the Floor: Energized for McCain

Kate Maxwell is a Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention who will be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Virginia Politics. She is from Midlothian in Chesterfield County. Hey everyone! I'm Kate and I'll be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for the GOP National Convention. I am a junior at Virginia Tech, and at 20, I'm the youngest delegate this year from Virginia. This is not only my first convention; it's the first presidential election in which I'll be able to vote. That's pretty exciting for a college student. With all the hype about the Obama-mania among voters my age, I'm excited to show that students in Virginia are energized and motivated, and we support John McCain. I am the political director for the College Republican Federation of Virginia, and I know that students will be working all over the Commonwealth for John McCain, Jim Gilmore, and all of our...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 29, 2008; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  At the 2008 Conventions  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Comparing Kaine, Palin

In the weeks leading up to Sen. Barack Obama's announcement on who his running mate would be, some Virginia Republicans blasted Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) as being too inexperienced for the job. "Tim Kaine's only virtue as a potential running mate is that he would not have overshadowed Senator Obama - as he is one politician in America less prepared to lead America than Obama himself," Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick of Prince William, the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, said in a statement after Obama passed over Kaine in favor of Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.). Now that McCain has tapped Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) as his running mate, Virginia GOP leaders are praising his choice. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) said today Palin has "a record of effective service in state and local government." But Kaine has more experience than Palin does. Palin has been governor for...

By Tim Craig  |  August 29, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Tim Craig  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Virginia Republicans Praise Palin

Virginia Republicans respond to Sen. John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice president: U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake, Virginia campaign honorary statewide co-chairwoman: "Alaska Governor Sarah Palin represents an exciting and historic pick that changes the dynamic of this presidential race. During her tenure as Alaska's top executive, Palin has established a reputation as a reformer who achieves results. A mother of five, including one son who will be deployed to Iraq in September, Governor Palin is well-respected as a leading fiscal conservative. American women everywhere will respond well to her inspiring story and her willingness to shake up the status quo. The selection of Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain's running-mate underscores the point that this fall Republicans will run as the true party of reform." Del. Christopher Saxman, Virginia campaign co-chairman: "Governor Sarah Palin is an excellent choice for Vice President. Like John McCain, she...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 29, 2008; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President , John McCain  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Kaine's Convention Remarks

Here are the remarks delivered by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine at the Democratic National Convention tonight: I am here tonight not just as the Governor of Virginia who knows the people of my state need a better partner in the White House, but as an American who wants to see American values guiding our country again. For eight years we've seen what happens when a president lets Washington values become more important than American values. Gas prices skyrocket when the white house lets oil companies call the shots. Our children are left behind when an administration cares more about sound bites than sound schools. And middle class families are left to fend for themselves to save their grasp on the American dream. Maybe for John McCain the American dream means seven houses - and if that's your America, John McCain is your candidate. But for the rest of us, the...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 29, 2008; 12:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  At the 2008 Conventions , Timothy M. Kaine  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Kaine-O'Malley Jam Session in Denver with The Govs

It sounds like Maryland Gov. Martin O"Malley threw quite the bash Wednesday night at an Irish pub in downtown Denver, where he and other Democrats were attending the Democratic National Convention.. In what has become a staple of O'Malley parties, the governor took the stage with his guitar to sing a few songs. But, this time, O'Malley had some help from other governors in entertaining the crowd. After O'Malley started playing, Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine joined him and started playing the harmonica. Earlier in the week, Kaine played the harmonica for the crowd at his own party. As if the OMalley-Kaine band was not enough, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer joined in by playing the cow bells. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano played the tamborine. "We were like the Patridge Family," O'Malley said. "The over-the-hill gang" The Rev. Jesse Jackson also attended O'Malley party, but didn't join the band....

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 28, 2008; 7:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  At the 2008 Conventions , Tim Craig  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Kaine Speaks at Convention Tonight

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is expected to speak at about 8:15 tonight at the Democratic National Convention. He will speak in front of his largest audience when he takes the stage at Invesco Field at Mile High. About 80,000 people will pack the home of the Denver Broncos while millions more will watch on TVs across the nation. Kaine is expected to speak briefly about his background and Virginia but mostly will talk about why Americans should elect Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a friend he endorsed for president in February 2007. Obama's campaign expects Virginians to gather at more than 1,000 house parties across the state tonight to watch Obama formally accept the Democratic presidential nomination....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 28, 2008; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Timothy M. Kaine  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Warner Will Not Debate Gilmore on Statewide TV

Former governor Mark R. Warner (D) will not participate in the only U.S. Senate debate this fall that was to be televised statewide. Warner's opponent, former governor James S. Gilmore, had agreed to participate in the debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Virginia. "Mark Warner apparently does not want the people of Virginia to have an opportunity to understand clearly where he stands on the issues,'' Gilmore said in a statement. "I believe the people of Virginia have a right to see and hear candidates for public office discuss the issues." Warner and Gilmore participated in their first debate last month at the Homestead Resort but it was not televised and only a few hundred people traveled to western Virginia to watch it. The two have agreed to a Sept. 18 debate, sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, that will be televised locally in Northern...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 28, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Debates , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

From the Floor: Reflections on Clinton, Party Unity

Chrisi West is a Virginia delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Virginia Politics from Denver. She is from Alexandria, in Fairfax County. The last two days of the convention have been phenomenal and jam-packed with fantastic speakers. Tuesday's lineup of speeches was great, and was all kicked off by Sen. Jim Webb first addressing the Virginia delegation over breakfast. He spoke of ways to get Virginia onto the Democratic political scene with plans on energy independence and protecting our troops deployed overseas, and as our newest Senator in a class of outstanding freshmen Senators, he failed to disappoint. Gov. Warner gave the keynote speech Tuesday night, addressing the country, the assembled delegation, and of course the raucous crowd of Virginia Democrats also present in our "Mark Warner" tee shirts. I don't think we could've been more proud of our former Governor than we were...

By washingtonpost.com  |  August 28, 2008; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  At the 2008 Conventions  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Feder on TV

Judy Feder, the Democrat challenging Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R) in the 10th District this fall, has taken to the airwaves. It first aired last night on cable during coverage of the Democratic National Convention....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  August 27, 2008; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Sandhya Somashekhar  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

McCain Gets Support from Va Democrats

Republican John McCain's presidential campaign today announced the Virginia Citizens for McCain, a coalition of Democrats and independents who support the Arizona senator for president. Christy Swanson, the group's vice chairwoman and a small business owner in Richmond, has been asked to speak at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. next week. "John McCain has always put his country first, above himself and above politics," said Swanson, a self-described Democrat. "He is a proven leader with the experience to lead as commander in chief from day one. John McCain's economic policies show an inherent understanding of the needs of small business owners nationwide. His 'all of the above' approach to the energy crisis is exactly what we need to obtain energy security. I will proudly campaign, and cast my vote, for John McCain." The group's chairman, Rick Gray, served as secretary of the Commonwealth under former governor John...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 27, 2008; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President , John McCain  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

McAuliffe Considering 09 Bid for Governor

DENVER-Terry McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a key adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY.) is considering running for governor of Virginia next year. McAuliffe spoke to the Virginia delegation at the Democratic National Convention this morning. After his speech in support of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), McAuliffe distributed free copies of his latest book. He then spent nearly an hour signing autographs and chatting with the delegates. Rumors that McAuliffe is interested in being governor of Virginia have been percolating around the convention all week. In an interview with reporters after his speech, McAuliffe did little to dampen speculation that he was considering entering next year's race for the Democratic nomination. "I'm focused on this election, I am going full time for Senator Obama," said McAuliffe, who lives in McLean. "But I never rule anything out. ...Everyday is a new opportunity. I would like...

By Tim Craig  |  August 27, 2008; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

From the Floor: On Camera and Online

Chrisi West is a Virginia delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Virginia Politics from Denver. She is from Alexandria, in Fairfax County. Chrisi participated in a washingtonpost.com live online discussion to answer questions from readers who have been following her adventures in Denver Chrisi West: Hi everyone! It's great to be here! _______________________ Denver: Hi. I work a little up 16th street from where you are. From the outside looking in, it seems that the protests and general confusion have been well-managed, and there has been relatively little disruption. Is that the case? Chrisi West: That is definitely the case from what I see on the ground. After the convention recessed last night we passed a few protesters but everyone was respectful and controlled - just stating their views. And there's definitely nothing wrong with that! _______________________ One-liners: I'm not a Hillary supporter, but...

By washingtonpost.com  |  August 27, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Moran's Late Night

Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria), a candidate for governor in 2009, kept Virginia delegates to the Democratic National Convention happy at a party late last night at the delegation's hotel bar. More than 100 Virginia Democrats attended the party, billed as a "Late Night With Brian Moran," including U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott and Moran's brother, Rep. James P. Moran. U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Mark R. Warner also made an appearance, hours after he delivered the convention keynote address. "It was a nice opportunity to get everyone together after Mark's speech and celebrate Mark's speech," Brian Moran said. Brian Moran's likely opponent for the Democratic nomination next year, Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (Bath) is also in Denver this week. Deeds has embraced a less visible strategy. He has not scheduled a party, but is meeting with delegates in small groups in effort to win them over for next year,...

By Tim Craig  |  August 27, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , At the 2008 Conventions , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Tim Craig  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Drake to Speak at Republican Convention

U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake of Virginia has been tapped to speak on the first day of the Republican National Convention next week in St. Paul, Minn. Drake will speak on Monday, a day that will be focused on presidential candidate John McCain's service to his country. President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney will speak that same night. Drake is locked in an election battle with newcomer Glenn Nye, a Democrat running in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes the Virginia Beach area and part of the Eastern Shore. Drake was targeted for defeat in 2006, but she won reelection with 51 percent of the vote, despite the Democratic tide that year....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 26, 2008; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

From the Floor: One Day Down

Chrisi West is a Virginia delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Virginia Politics from Denver. She is from Alexandria, in Fairfax County. The first day of the convention was phenomenal! The day really started after the delegation breakfast meeting, when I was lucky enough to attend the Unconventional Women panel. Female leaders including Sens. Claire McCaskill and Barbara Boxer, and Republican Governor Jane Swift discussed the issue of women in politics. There was a special spin on several of the panels, focusing on women in politics with an entire council of Colorado Girl Scouts in attendance. Chrisi West I came out of the session with a recommended reading list for myself, including Ruth Bader Ginsberg's dissent in the Lily Ledbetter Case, and a book by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, "Rumors of Our Progress Are Greatly Exaggerated." Looks like I have some homework to do!...

By washingtonpost.com  |  August 26, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Gilmore Releases New Video

Hours before U.S. Senate candidate Mark R. Warner delivers the keynote address tonight at the Democratic National Convention, his Republican opponent James S. Gilmore released a new video on YouTube. The video, Notorious Politicians and Their Lies, compares Warner to "past U.S. politicians who have lied their way in or out of office, reminding voters of all the promises Warner made about not raising taxes and how Warner broke his word," according to a press release. "Mark Warner broke a series of promises he made while running for governor,'' said Ana Gamonal, Gilmore's spokeswoman. "Now, liberal Mark Warner is telling the people of Virginia he is bipartisan. Mark Warner cannot be trusted and his keynote speech at the DNC Convention will be the beginning of the end of this false notion he has been working so hard to sell to the voters." The video features former President Richard Nixon, former...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 26, 2008; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Kaine Will Appear on The Daily Show

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) will appear at 11 p.m. tonight on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The award-winning satirical television program airs on Comedy Central. Kaine, who is in Denver for the Democratic National Convention, will spend the day hiking with his family, taping the show in the afternoon and then attending convention activities tonight. Former governor Mark R. Warner is expected to give the convention keynote address at about 9:30 p.m....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 26, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Timothy M. Kaine  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Charles Barkley Shows Up at Kaine Party

DENVER--Former Basketball star Charles Barkley made an unscheduled visit at a party for the Virginia delegation that was sponsored by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D). Barkley mingled with the crowd for more than an hour, posing for pictures with delegates and numerous elected officials, including Kaine and former governor and Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder. But Barkley almost didn't get into the party, which was held at a bar on Denver's bustling 16th Street Mall, according to Del. Mark D. Sickles (D-Fairfax). Sickles said Larry Roberts, Kaine's chief counsel, initially turned away Barkley, who is 6-6 and most recently played for the Houston Rockets. Roberts, who was working the door, apparently didn't recognize Barkley and his entourage, Sickles said. "Larry Roberts said you can't come in, it's a private party," Sickles said. But Sickles said he recognized Barkley and said, "I think that is Charles Barkley."...

By Tim Craig  |  August 26, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tim Craig  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Mark Warner Rallies Va. Delegates

DENVER -- Former Virginia governor Mark R. Warner rallied Virginia Democrats this morning as he prepared to deliver the keynote address at the national convention Tuesday night. During a breakfast for the Virginia delegation, Warner told the delegates he is "98 percent done" with his speech, which he said would focus on restoring a bipartisan approach to governance and his strong support for Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) presidential campaign. "I just got to make sure I hit it," Warner said of his speech....

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 25, 2008; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  At the 2008 Conventions , Tim Craig  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

"The View Was Stunning"

DENVER -- Virginia delegates to the Democratic National Convention had one of the hottest tickets in Denver last night. The delegation traveled by bus about 20 miles outside of Denver to attend a free concert featuring Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and Sugar Land at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which has been named one of the best concert pavilion's in the world. Before the concert, the Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania delegations attended a reception sponsored by Dominion. The reception was held at Red Rocks' visitors center, which features sweeping views of the rocks, a valley and the Rocky Mountains. Dominion provided a lavish buffet of barbecue, chicken strips, beans, mashed potatoes, hot dogs, corn on the cob and local Colorado peaches and smores for desert. There was also an open bar....

By Tim Craig  |  August 25, 2008; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  At the 2008 Conventions , Tim Craig  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

From the Floor: Environmentalism and Sheryl Crow

Chrisi West is a Virginia delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Virginia Politics from Denver. She is from Alexandria, in Fairfax County. It was a late night at Red Rocks last night, where music and environmentalism met with Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, along with speakers like Robert Kennedy Jr., our own Gov.Tim Kaine, and William McDonough, author of "Cradle to Cradle." So after an evening enjoying Colorado's natural beauty (and some good music), the first 8:30 a.m. breakfast delegation meeting this morning was necessary, but early. Governor Mark Warner addressed the delegates at breakfast, and got everyone excited for a day of events. Apparently Virginia has prime seating for the events in the Pepsi Center, right behind Illinois! Planning out my day of events is turning out to be more complicated than I first thought it would be. The Virginia...

By washingtonpost.com  |  August 25, 2008; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Kaine Introduces Dave Matthews

DENVER -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine introduced musician Dave Matthews before a packed house Sunday night at a concert at the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to kickoff the Democratic National Convention. Red Rocks is an acoustic-friendly concert pavilion surrounded by 20-story rocks located on a bluff overlooking the city of Denver, as well as dozens of miles of farmland to east of the city. Kaine's fiery speech reminded some of his energetic remarks in support of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) at the Virginia Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner two days before the Feb. 12 primary. "Who needs change?" Kaine asked about 8,000 people who were seated in the audience....

By Tim Craig  |  August 25, 2008; 5:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  At the 2008 Conventions , Tim Craig  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Webb Will Arrive in Denver Today

DENVER -- U.S. Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) will arrive in Denver later today to attend his first Democratic National Convention. Webb's arrival will highlight one of the most significant political transformations in a generation, considering he was a self-described Republican just eight years ago. But Webb has a packed schedule over the next 48 hours. Webb is sponsoring a breakfast for the Virginia delegation tomorrow. Later in the day, Webb will attend a luncheon sponsored by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to his aides. Webb will then do a round of national media interviews and mingle with Virginia delegates on the convention floor tomorrow evening, the same night that U.S. Senate candidate Mark R. Warner (D) is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the convention. Webb plans to leave Denver Wednesday morning so he can travel to Phoenix, where he will deliver the keynote address at an American...

By Tim Craig  |  August 25, 2008; 4:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/Local , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Tim Craig  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

From the Floor: En Route to Denver

Chrisi West is a Virginia delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Virginia Politics from Denver. She is from Alexandria, in Fairfax County. My adventure to Denver began early this morning, when my plane finally took off from the runway at 6 a.m. It had been a long time coming, and although I'd only slept for about three hours last night I was still fired up and ready to go when my alarm went off at 4 a.m. My fellow delegate and friend, Keith, and I were on a flight with a transfer in Dallas, where we met some of our fellow travelers and Democrats. We could spot them in the airport by the Clinton and Obama buttons, T-shirts and hats they all seemed to be wearing. And those that weren't wearing campaign gear identified themselves as speakers or press, also headed to Denver. And...

By washingtonpost.com  |  August 24, 2008; 8:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Kaine's Big Audience

DENVER -- Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) will likely speak at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, when Illinois Sen. Barack Obama officially accepts the nomination at Invesco Field before a crowd of 75,000, Democrats close to the governor said. Kaine said he doesn't know what time he will speak at the stadium, but he finished his speech last night. Former Vice-President Al Gore is also scheduled to speak Thursday. Kaine said today it will be the largest audience he has ever spoken to. Though he will not be Obama's running mate, Kaine is still getting plenty of national attention. He appeared on Fox News Sunday this morning, and has another round of national media interviews scheduled for Monday night. Because so many media outlets have been clamoring to book Kaine, his political advisers have dispatched additional press liaisons to Denver to help him. Jeff Tiller, who served as...

By Tim Craig  |  August 24, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  At the 2008 Conventions , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company