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GOP Talks to Voters While Wilder Talks to God

Tim Craig

Here is a round up of today's political events related to the presidential race.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain's campaign announced its volunteers in Virginia will each make 50 phone calls to potential supporters today to mark the 50th day before the Nov. 4 election.

Some of those volunteers who work out of McCain's Arlington headquarters may run into Virginia Democrats. The Virginia Democratic Party has organized a press conference outside of McCain's office at 4 p.m. so "everyday Virginians" can criticize McCain's views on the economy.

At 6:30 p.m., House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) will join small business owners in Fredericksburg to discuss their support for McCain's economic plan.

Earlier today, Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (D) held a press conference at Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's Virginia headquarters to accuse McCain of lying about Obama's record and his economic plan.

But Wilder got off message when he was forced to answer a question from a reporter on whether he thought McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), was qualified to be vice-president or president.

"To the extent Senator McCain has chosen her, he is totally entitled to do that," Wilder said. "No one should criticize him for choosing her, whether she is experienced or not. My concern is who are going to be the next people you choose? If you are going to use that level to determine experience, then God help us. If that is the cream of the crop, then God save the milk."

The reporter then asked, "So you don't think she is qualified?"

"I didn't say that," Wilder responded.

By Tim Craig  |  September 15, 2008; 3:34 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , John McCain , Tim Craig  
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The real news here is that the McCain campaign actually thinks their volunteers calling 50 voters is a big enough deal to be newsworthy!

Posted by: Redshift | September 15, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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