McCain, Obama, Jerry Kilgore, Chris Saxman...Oh My!
A good article about the hoopla over Barack Hussein Obama's visit to Bristol.
“Sen. Obama is determined to carry Virginia this fall,” said U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va.
“This will be the first time our state has been in play since 1964, and Sen. Obama will be the first major candidate to pay attention to Virginia since 1964,” Boucher, who represents Southwest Virginia’s 9th District, said in a telephone interview. “This is truly unprecedented.”
Boucher said Obama promised him earlier this year he would schedule an event in the region after cancelling a planned appearance in the Roanoke area days before the Virginia primary election.
“I believe both Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain [the presumptive GOP nominee] will travel across Virginia this year,” the longtime congressman said.
On Wednesday, state GOP leaders used a conference call to criticize the Bristol event and challenged Obama to meet Republican candidate John McCain face to face.
“He [Obama] didn’t do well in the Appalachian region. Now he’s having a town hall where he’ll be ushered in, answer a few softball questions and be ushered out,” said state Delegate Chris Saxman, R-Staunton and co-chairman of McCain’s Virginia campaign.
“We urge Sen. Obama to have a series of real town hall meetings with John McCain and have an honest discussion about the issues,” Saxman said.
Indeed. Jerry Kilgore weighed in
"the former state attorney general and a Scott County native – predicted Obama’s message will not resonate with rural voters.
“Sen. Obama has been very critical of people in rural America for their views on guns,” Kilgore said. “Rural voters in Southwest Virginia will remember that.”
Kilgore also predicted mine workers in the region would not support Obama, despite his receiving support from the United Mine Workers of America."
I agree with Kilgore but the problem is no one is fired up about McCain either. I fall into that group.