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Linwood Holton to Campaign For Obama

Tim Craig

Linwood Holton, Virginia's first modern Republican governor, will endorse Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) on Monday and start campaigning for him around the state.

Holton, who was in office from 1970 to 1974, is Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's (D) father-in-law. Kaine was one of Obama's earliest supporters.

Holton and his daughter, Anne, will campaign Monday and Tuesday in Southwest Virginia. The tour will be a homecoming for Holton, who was born in Big Stone Gap.

Holton, a moderate, has endorsed other Democrats in recent years, including Kaine and Mark R. Warner (D) during his 2001 bid for governor.

By Tim Craig  |  September 13, 2008; 10:55 PM ET
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Makes you just want to puke doesn't it!

What a disgusting group of politicians we have in this state.

They'll do anything for a dollar or power, including selling out their country.

Posted by: TJnVA | September 13, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

In other news, the sky is blue.

Posted by: Jon | September 14, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Linwood Holton is irrevelant to Virginia presidential politics at this point in time. I would be interested to know even what fraction of a percentage point of the general public could identify who he even is. His endorsement means nothing and will not sway any votes. Out of respect for his age and previous position decades ago, I guess the media is covering his endorsement, but what more could you expect from him being the father-in-law of Timmy Kaine?

Posted by: Richard | September 14, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

It is great to see that party doesn't matter when the choice is clear. Kudos to Governor Holton.

Posted by: Annie | September 15, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Holton is one great American and patriot.

Posted by: sam | September 15, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious that the two sleazy incompetent frauds, McCain and Palin, are making this class-act Republican Linwood Holton want to puke up his guts.
What a great American!
You go, Governor!

Posted by: chasemonster | September 15, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Go Governor Holton! Not all Republicans are sleezy. Well, TODAY'S Republicans are completely sleezy, but the old school ones are OK!

Posted by: Katie | September 15, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I guess there are a few GOPers who realize HOMO SAPIENS DID NOT LIVE ON THIS EARTH WITH DINOSAURS!

Posted by: Becca | September 15, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Great news! Maybe more "Americans" will finally take their white hoods and sheets out the closet and throw them away for good!

Posted by: YepISaidIt | September 15, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

lol at some of the pro-McCain comments. Holton is obviously outraged at the non-stop stream of lies coming from McCain and Palin.

Go Obama!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Linda Jordan | September 16, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

It makes me proud of my state to see its former Governor willing to serve the public with an honest acknowledgement that something is just not right with his own Party's Presidential ticket and their campaign of lies.

This is what I call "Country First."

Posted by: Nicki Jones | September 16, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

If Barry Goldwater were around, he would also be endorsing Obama. What today's Republicans don't realize is that they are anything but conservative. They've truly gone off the deep end with the biggest expansion of government since the New Deal (DHS), torture, spying and bungling of federal agencies.

Posted by: franko2 | September 16, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

I concur Franko2, Republican used to mean Fiscal Conservative, not Social Conservative. The modern version seems to think if they keep Conservative in their title, then no one will notice how the country goes massively into debt each time one of them takes office (Reagan, Bush, Bush - the lesser). Then when everyone is so distracted by being poor (except the wealthy fraction of a percent that just gets wealthier) they won't notice the Constitution being shredded and used for packing paper.

That being said, I'm not a Democrat. I do not belong to a political party, as the politics of the United States are supposed to serve me, not the other way around.

Hopefully over the next 20 years the useless Bicameral System that is the American Political Theater (and yes, it is theater) will cease to exist and we can usher in a non-party system, or at worst, a true multi-party system.

Posted by: McFernis | September 16, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters are foolish to think that he will never betray them.
Obama was a close friend of Pastor Wright for TWENTY YEARS.
Obama threw Wright under the bus for personal ambition.
McCain would not betray his country even after 5 years of torture.
You can put lipstick on a traitor, but he's still a traitor.

Posted by: Howard | September 19, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

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