Two Virginia Republicans Skip Tampa | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Two Virginia Republicans Skip Tampa

Play associated audio
Virginia incumbent Scott Rigell (left) meets with members of the community.
Matt Laslo
Virginia incumbent Scott Rigell (left) meets with members of the community.

Delegates are continuing to pour into Tampa for the Republican National Convention this week, and are hunkering down to brace for Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to develop into a hurricane.

But two Virginia Republicans aren't as worried about the tropical storm because they're staying home this year. Senate candidate George Allen and incumbent Scott Rigell of the second district are locked in tight contests. Allen says he and his wife plan to tour the state instead of partying the week away.

"I'm much better off being with Virginians, talking to voters here, and small business owners and families than being in Tampa," he says. "And so I'll be throughout Virginia, as will Susan."

The absence of the two Virginia Republican candidates is testament to how close their contests remain. Numerous polls show that the Senate race between Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine is dead even.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 2

You can see a selection of Chinese films or meditate on the meaning of the word “axis” at an art exhibition.

NPR

These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work

Saffron, vanilla, palm oil, cacao and cottonseed oil are still picked by hand in some parts of the world. Sometimes that manual labor shows up in the price of the food; sometimes it doesn't.
NPR

The Politics Of Calling In Sick

A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races.
NPR

Celebrity Photo Leak Puts Spotlight On The Cloud, And Security

The FBI and Apple are looking into how private photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities were stolen, an incident that raises new questions about storing personal data online.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.