August 13th, 2008
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Mark Warner to deliver Democratic convention keynote

Warner (here campaigning with Obama in Virginia) is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party.

Warner (here campaigning with Obama in Virginia) is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Virginia Governor and Senate candidate Mark Warner will deliver the keynote address at this month’s 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign announced Wednesday that Warner will deliver the speech on the convention’s second night, Tuesday August 26 - that’s also the night that Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) will also speak in prime time. Clinton came very close to winning the Democratic presidential nomination, dropping her bid for the White House and backing Obama just two months ago, after the end of the primary season.

But Warner gets the coveted role of keynote speaker. Four years ago a little-known state lawmaker from Illinois who was running for the Senate had the same role. His speech at the convention in Boston was highly praised by Democrats. That man, Obama, went on to win his election and now the Democrat’s presumptive presidential nominee.

Warner won election as Virginia’s governor in 2001, the first in a string of statewide election victories by Democrats this decade in a state that was once dominated by Republicans. Warner is now facing off with the man he succeeded in Richmond, Republican Jim Gilmore, in the battle to succeed retiring Senator John Warner (no relation to Mark Warner), a Republican who has held the seat for three decades.

Democrats say the theme of the second night of the convention will be “Renewing America’s Promise.”

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soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Joe Formerly for Hillary

    Great choice of "keynote". Go with the future not the discredited past. Hillary should speak, but not be in the total spotlight.

    August 13, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  2. Change

    Can someone tell me why Hillary's name (presidential run) is coming up in this article?
    It should be Mart's article I suppose, I do not have any problem with Hillary's name but it seems the media you makes me wana go hmn. There are many candidates who lost you do not talk about them but Hillary, If she was , If she was this that, what the heck she lost get over it you contribute to the mess we are in right now and you do not even feel it.

    August 13, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  3. tom

    Hillary is getting more coverage than Mc Cain interesting, she is not even running for president or to be black she lost her president bid, for crying out loud

    August 13, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  4. People make no sense

    Who wants to back a man (McStupid) who's only claim to fame is being captured? That means he's wasn't smart enough to out manuever anybody. He was tortured and gave the enemy information – yes that is a great choice in a leader. Stupid enough to get caught and tell on everybody. So explain to me how war is his strong point? He sounds weak to me.

    August 13, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  5. Lisa-Fl.

    Just another slap in the face to Hillary & her supporters. I don't think Obama wants to win.

    August 13, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  6. Mattk

    He doesnt have to campaign with his 30 point lead in the VA polls for senate. TURN VA BLUE

    August 13, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  7. Richard

    Who cares! I am only interested in the Hillary speech.
    No Hillary! No Barack HUSSEIN Obama!

    Hillary supporter for McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  8. Steve Green

    Obama is a foolish politician. His disregard for Hillary's supporters and the base of the Democratic party will definitely cost him the election!

    August 13, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  9. Yeah

    Gotta admit this election is all about Obama. Either you love him or hate him.

    August 13, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  10. Tony

    Wise move!

    August 13, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  11. matt

    The little known man from 4 years ago (Barrack Obama) did not win his election. He was appointed to the position after he had all of his competition dis-qualified. If you are going to write an article maybe you should get your facts straight.

    August 13, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  12. mobiusinformer

    Perfect. Another inexperienced, anti-american criminal speaking for another one. Didn't Virginia learn enough after his despotic reign?

    August 13, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |


    August 13, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  14. PUMA 4 HILL

    Wouldn't doubt it if he's related to the Time-Warner bunch... who own all the media in the tank for Obama.

    The golden boy was the pick of the media not the people. Sad.

    We'll remember in November.

    August 13, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  15. Luis

    An idiot, backing an idiot for an idiotic Party............................let's move on to something newsworthy..

    Vote McCain or join the insane

    August 13, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  16. Jeremy

    A bunch of losers, in a democratic year, they will loose the white house again.

    August 13, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  17. Cheri

    I am so happy that Mark Warner will be giving the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.He was the best governor that Va. has ever had in my opinion, he will do a wonderful job.

    August 13, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  18. scooter

    wont vote for him not because hes Black, not because hes young, not because he flip flops, not because he is arrogant, but because he is untrustworthy..... he never gives straight answers...much the same as many of the republicains. he is more of a BUSH then McCain. seems to always be on Vacation. doesnt like to listen to people on the ground and will do whatever he thinks .

    August 13, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  19. Sara in Birmingham, AL

    Great Pick!!! GO OBAMA.........YOU OUT SHINE mccain. YOU WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT. It's too bad Bill and Hillary can't get over it. Certainly it would be to their advantage to do so.

    August 13, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  20. Aicin Florida

    CNN, didn't you get the memo? Barack had to run away on vacation because most of us were overdosed by the constant adoring coverage of him.

    For the first time in my life I will be voting Republican, and that makes me REALLY proud!

    McCain '08 for Hillary '12

    August 13, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  21. bluesky

    Another blow to McSame. Mark Warner is a tower of strength with major popularity. People are not going to forget this keynote address.

    August 13, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  22. Olander


    Maybe you need to explain what you are talking about. I sure no one else knows.

    August 13, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  23. JDC // Ohio

    BOTH political conventions will be the biggest pile of BS this country has ever seen!

    August 13, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  24. Genie, New Mexico

    We just don't need Obama anymore--the Iraq war is winding down and crude oil prices are plunging--let Obama go back to the Senate and we can all continue on with business as usual-ie" THE good life.

    August 13, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  25. Judgement over experience

    I will be turning off the tv when hillary speaks, she should not be a guest speaker. she couldn't run her campaign or its finances and yet her moronic cult followers wanted her to run this country. Shame on them and her.

    August 13, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
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