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April 12, 2008

Dalton's Andrea Saul working on McCain campaign

When you’re working to get someone elected president of the United States of America, your mornings often begin before the sun — and most everyone — rises.

Such is the life of Dalton native Andrea Saul. As Sen. John McCain’s director of media affairs, she’s helping him seek the winning side of November’s election to call 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. home next year.

“Things are really busy, but it’s exciting,” said Saul, 26, now living in Washington, D.C. “Your days go by fast. Depending on the day, you might get here really early. The other day Sen. McCain had a ‘Good Morning, America’ interview so I had to be there at 5:15 just to make sure everything was set up. Or on a speech day I might get in at 6 a.m. just to make sure they have everything they need ahead of time.”

Saul, the daughter of Julian and Anita Saul, has been working for the McCain campaign since mid-March. Her main job is overseeing television, radio and “surrogate operations.” Her duties encompass everything from securing television time for McCain on news shows to setting up interviews with journalists to “literally having TVs on all day” to keep current with news reports. She described “surrogates” as McCain supporters who attend events or make TV or radio appearances on behalf of the campaign. Saul makes sure those people are informed about McCain’s views and gives them talking points before radio or television appearances.

Saul grew up in the Carpet Capital of the World and went to Westwood, Brookwood and City Park elementary schools before attending Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga. After graduating high school in 2000, she moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University where she majored in communication studies and Spanish. She graduated in 2004 and worked for NBC as a runner in Athens, Greece, during the Olympic games.

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