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Virginians Sip Cocktails, Honor Pat Boone

Anita Kumar

MINNEAPOLIS --- More than 100 Virginia delegates, alternates and guests enjoyed a posh brunch on the top floor of a beach club overlooking Lake Calhoun, as a jazz bank played.

The guest of honor, legendary singer Pat Boone, received a standing ovation when he walked to the stage wearing a white suit and a red, white and blue tie.

"We are here to let John McCain and Governor Palin descend to the White House and dethrone the man who would be king,'' Boone said to applause and laughter.

Guests sipped mimosas and Bloody Marys, dined on hand-carved roast beef, potato pancakes, frittata, rolls, fruit and salad and strolled onto a rooftop terrace to take in the view.

"We don't see this in rural Virginia,'' quipped Tucker Watkins, a delegate from the southern part of the state.

Sen. John W. Warner walked into the brunch late with an entourage. He has spent the last two days speaking on behalf of McCain, a man he has known for 35 years, at events and media interviews.

"We're going to win this state," Warner said. "We're going to win it not just for John MCain but for the United States of America."

The brunch was sponsored by Capital One, Genworth Financial, Community Financial Services Association, Credit Union National Association and FLUOR.

An autographed pair of Boone's trademark white bucks were auctioned off with the proceeds going to victims of the Gulf Coast hurricane.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 3, 2008; 2:06 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , At the 2008 Conventions , Election 2008/President , Eric Cantor , James Gilmore III , John McCain  
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