Another great couple off days on the tour. Sunday started in Richmond with church services, thanks to a gracious invite from COL (Ret.) Barton Campbell. We then had an event with parishioners that was covered by the local ABC affiliate (WRIC-TV). After which we drove to Norfolk, where we spent Sunday evening. While in Norfolk, we stopped by the The Virginian-Pilot to grab a copy of Saturday’s paper, which included an op-ed from CVA on the VA Backlog. The Virginian-Pilot is the largest paper in Virginia, and taken along with our op-ed in the Richmond Times that also appeared on Saturday, CVA was on the op-ed page of the two largest papers in Virginia this weekend! Quite an achievement, and effective way to spread our message. In addition to local media, we were also covered in national outlets (Politico and Daily Caller) on Sunday. Also on Sunday, we had an op-ed on military voting in the Charlotte Observer, in advance of our trip to North Carolina. Great print coverage across the board on the weekend. But what was the cherry on top for the weekend? My Minnesota Vikings beat the Arizona Cardinals, advancing to 5-2 in the NFC North!
Monday morning started out with a surge of media. While I was in Virginia Beach for a national FoxNews Fox & Friends segment about President Obama’s foreign policy, Steve Russell and Jane Horton were with the RV doing an early morning television interview with Fox 43, Norfolk’s local Fox affiliate. Shortly there after, we all did another local television interview with WTKR-TV, Norfolk’s CBS affiliate. This segment is worth watching, and played on both their 5pm and 6pm newscasts. Our time in Norfolk was well spent, with three TV hits and an op-ed in the daily newspaper.
From there, we hit the road—enroute to an event in Raleigh, NC. But before we left Virginia, we pulled over for lunch while I did a live interview (via Skype) on FoxNews.com. The segment provided an overview of the tour. Enroute to the next event we promoted it with a radio interview with WPTF, the talk station in Raleigh. The evening was capped off with an event in Raleigh, where we met up with local NC veterans and military families. From there, we went to a local restaurant to live blog the Presidential debate. In advance of the debate, I posted a CVA blog about the questions both candidates need to answer, as well as posting a debate preview piece on National Review Online (NRO). I also live-blogged the entire debate at (NRO) and my brief posts—sorted by segment—can be found here.
Tomorrow morning we’ll head to Fayetteville, just outside Fort Bragg. The Fayetteville Observer previewed our visit, and we look forward to a great pancake breakfast event in the morning. Signing off.