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Virginia Delegates Get Ready for Convention

Anita Kumar

MINNEAPOLIS --The 123 members of Virginia's delegation to the Republican National Convention started to arrive in the Twin Cities Saturday.

A Radisson hotel near the University of Minnesota will be home to both the Virginia and U.S. Virgin Islands delegations for the next week. Huge banners erected on the front of the hotel greeted both groups.

The Republican of Virginia is providing each delegation member with a goodie bag -- courtesy of corporate sponsors CSPAN, Capitol One and others -- that includes Virginia peanuts, hand sanitizer, an alarm clock, a red-and-blue stress ball in the shape of an elephant, a small towel and a pin with the American and Virginia flags.

The Republican National Committee also supplies each delegate from across the nation with its own gift -- a bag that includes a copy of Sen. John McCain's book Faith of My Fathers, a pocket guide to the U.S. Constitution, a pedometer, a water bottle, popcorn and macaroni and cheese.

State party staffers were working late into the night Saturday to organize transportation and activities for the 63 delegates and 60 alternates. The delegation will kick off each morning with a breakfast. Later, shuttles will transport members across the Mississippi River to the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul for convention activities.

The Virginia delegation is comprised of party activists and a smattering of elected officials including Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, chairman of the delegation: Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling; former governor and senator George Allen; former governor and U.S. Senate candidate James S. Gilmore III; U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, former attorney general Jerry W. Kilgore; Del. Christopher B. Saxman of Staunton; Del. Timothy D. Hugo of Fairfax; Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William; Del. Robert B. Bell of Charlottesville; and Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick of Prince William, who is chairman of the state party.

U.S. Sen. John W. Warner, U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake and U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor are not serving as delegates but are expected to attend.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 31, 2008; 12:44 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , At the 2008 Conventions , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/President , Eric Cantor , George F. Allen , James Gilmore III , John McCain , John W. Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Thomas M. Davis III  
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Comments

McCain and Palin..........Lipstick on the same old pig. Any way you package them, it's the same party that brought us the last 8 years of lies and double standards. Palin is under investigation in her own state. Is there a republican left who has not yet been jailed or under investigation. McCain has been my senator for years. Do we really want more of the same? Mike from Arizona........

Posted by: Mike | August 31, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Note on geography: the Virginia delegation's hotel in Minneapolis is located east of the Mississippi River. The delegation will not need to cross the river on their journey to the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. The Mississippi River does not form the entire border between the two cities.

Posted by: Ryan | August 31, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse


Cindy McCain just said re Palin:
"She's a reformer. And she thinks outside the box, the way my husband does. You know, Washington is just a quagmire. It's a mess right now. And both of them have been serious reformers."

Agreed. We need REFORM, not change per se.

Posted by: Billw | August 31, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RN5xbWtNSU

Mccain and his expectations for Palin

Posted by: Alexandrian | August 31, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"Troopergate in Alaska" is enough of a concern, but then to find out McCain has only met this person twice before picking her as the VP sounds 'desperate' to me.

Posted by: Rob | August 31, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I've been a Dem. all my life, It's
a shame what they have done to our nation
they have no shame, I will be voting for
John McCain this year and will never return to the Dem. party.

Posted by: Sharon | August 31, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain chose Palin because maybe she'll be able to woo dejected Hillary supporters. He chose Palin because maybe conservatives will overlook the fact that she's a woman since she happens to be very attractive. McCain's move was 100% strategic. I don't think he really believes that women have anything to offer in terms of leadership. Look at the way he treats Cindy. He's a good old boy through and through.

Posted by: Hilary Smith | August 31, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Love this! She's an excellent choice! Love, Love, LOVE HER!

You go girl!!

100% of my support.

Posted by: VAVoter | August 31, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Please envision a President Biden. Then a President Palin. A Hail Mary pick by McBush who succumbed to the right wing of the GOP. Drill, drill, drill sells and resells Fear, fear, fear.

Posted by: David | August 31, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain's choice of Palin clearly shows he will put his political interests ahead of the country's interests. By any shape of the imagination, Palin is not qualified to be president. Reagan must be turning in his grave. As a woman, I am insulted by this tokenism and obvious ploy to appeal to female conservatives.

Posted by: Joan from Virgin | August 31, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

One of the signs of the Repub concern trolls, they usually start out with "I have been a Dem all my life... but now I'm voting R..."
Riiiight, so now are you gonna claim it was Dems that led us into Iraq, that denied climate change, whos lax oversight of big Corps led to the subprime meltdown, it was the Dems that sanctioned torture & spying on American citizens... NO, the past 8 years are the NEOCON RETHUGLICANS! What were seeing is their policies in action! Most u can blame Dems is for letting Bushco get away with this mess! So how do you like Repub rule America?

Posted by: Jeff | August 31, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain's choice of Palin clearly shows he will put his political interests ahead of the country's interests. By any shape of the imagination, Palin is not qualified to be president. Reagan must be turning in his grave. As a woman, I am insulted by this tokenism and obvious ploy to appeal to female conservatives.

Posted by: Joan from Virginia | August 31, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Some of you talk like you expect either presidential hopeful will die in office. How many presidents do you think have died while in office??? Please, you are electing a president, not a vice president. They meet and greet and go to funerals. You never hear about them at all. Get real people...

Posted by: vmj | September 2, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

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