Huckabee and Richardson To Virginia
Two governors, both former presidential candidates, are coming to Virginia in the week ahead in support of their respective candidates for president. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and current New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson both have big followings with key constituencies that both campaigns are trying to reach out to.
Richardson is an Hispanic-American with extensive foreign policy experience. A one-time Clinton confidante, (he was President Clinton’s Secretary of Energy) he broke ranks and endorsed Obama after he dropped out of the race for president. He was also considered to be among Obama’s choices for a running mate. He will tour traditionally Democratic strongholds in Virginia (NOVA, Charlottesville and Richmond) with the goal of rallying supporters to get out the vote.
Huckabee is the darling of many evangelicals on the conservative right. He spent the waning days of the primary as a thorn in John McCain’s side, exposing many of the current GOP’s nominee’s problems with that key constituency. (A problem that McCain improved upon with the selection of the conservative Sarah Palin). Huckabee will tour the social conservative southwest, with a former president of the NRA. This is an area where Huckabee beat McCain pretty badly in during the primary. It’s an area, whose returns came in first and made it initially seem like Huckabee might have a chance of winning. (McCain went on to win by about 8 points.)
Details for both visits are after the jump.
Governor Mike Huckabee & Former NRA President Campaign for John McCain in Southwest Virginia Wednesday
ARLINGTON, VA — The McCain-Palin Virginia campaign today announced that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will campaign in Abingdon, Virginia on Wednesday. Huckabee will be joined by former NRA President Sandy Froman, former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and Delegates Chris Saxman and Terry Kilgore. The group will hold a Faith and Family Rally at 10:00 a.m. EDT at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
Wednesday, October 28, 2008
WHO: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
Former NRA President Sandy Froman
Former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore
Delegate Chris Saxman
Delegate Terry Kilgore
WHAT: Faith and Family Rally
WHEN: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. EDT
WHERE: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
One Partnership Circle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 28, 2008
Governor Richardson to Campaign for Obama in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. – New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will headline a series of events in Virginia on Thursday and Friday to talk with voters about U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s plans to lead this country in a new direction.
Richardson will lay out the choice in this election: John McCain and four more years of the same failed policies of the last eight versus Obama and tax relief for the middle class, access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Virginians and a plan to bring a responsible end to the Iraq War.
With less than a week before Election Day, thousands of Virginians working for change will go door-to-door to urge their neighbors to vote for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama for president. The Obama campaign is ramping up its Get Out the Vote efforts this week with rallies, phone banks and canvasses taking place across the commonwealth.
Richardson is in his second-term as governor of New Mexico. He served as the Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of Energy under the Clinton Administration.
THURS, OCT. 30, 2008
Arlington GOTV Kick-Off
When: 4:15 p.m.
Where: Arlington Campaign for Change Office
4350 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington Economic Town Hall
When: 5:15 p.m.
Where: George Mason University
3401 Fairfax Drive
Original Building Room 224
Falls Church GOTV Rally
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA
FRI, OCT. 31, 2008
Charlottesville Change We Can Believe in Town Hall
When: 10:15 a.m.
Where: Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center
1400 Melbourne Road
Richmond GOTV Rally
When: 1:00 p.m.
Where: Richmond Campaign for Change Office
1208 W Marshall Street