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The Capital Insider weighs in on Virginia politics and presidential visits

Posted at 11:55 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 23:55:46-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Capitol Insider and former CBS6 colleague Joe St. George spoke with CBS6’s Bill Fitzgerald Tuesday to discuss the latest happenings in the politics and the impact on Virginia.

Topping the list of course, is President Trump’s visit to Newport news on Friday, even though Virginia doesn’t seem to get much attention from either campaign.

“There's a very competitive congressional race in the Hampton Roads area in the 2nd Congressional District [incumbent Democrat Elaine Luria faces Republican challenger Scott Taylor],” St. George said. “From the Norfolk media market, the Hampton Roads media market, they reach portions of North Carolina and North Carolina is a very crucial swing state for President Trump. You combine that with the fact that it's a very strong military area bill, it makes sense that President Trump is paying a visit finally to the Commonwealth.”

St. George has also done a lot of reporting about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the ensuing battle over whether her replacement should be considered now, before the election, after the election or after Inauguration Day.

“It's become a major rallying cry for both worlds, six weeks to go for the election,” he said. “If you're a conservative, you love the prospects of another justice, a conservative justice, making their way potentially onto the United States Supreme Court. If you're a progressive, if you're a Democrat, you're furious, so I think this is rallying both parties.”

St. George also pointed out that one top candidate for the seat is young enough to have an enduring impact on the Supreme Court’s future.

“If President Trump appoints someone like a Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to the Supreme Court, she's 48-years-old,” Joe said. “She could potentially be a jurist, a Justice of the Supreme Court for 40 years.”

You can watch Joe St. George and catch his insights every Tuesday until Election Day on CBS6 News at 7.