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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  1. maggieb

    Sorry not watching, We turned out the lights on Democrats when they turned out the lights on Americans and went on a 5 Week vacation. While we are suffering thru High Gas Prices.

    August 13, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. Fort Lauderdale

    If Clinton is not the VP pick my vote will go to McCain.

    August 13, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. bob in fl

    Don't cry for me Argentina.

    August 13, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. John B. From New Hampshire

    wow alot of angry repubs in here eh? good, they have alot to be scared of! something new, something bold... ALL BLUE!!!

    DEMS '08!!!

    August 13, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  5. John 'A War For Every Term' McCain

    You people must be living in a different dimension than present-day USA 2008.

    August 13, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  6. sherry for Obama

    You probably arent even a true democrat.
    If you truly believed in what Hilarys vision was then you would vote for Obama because their visions are alot more atuned then McCains is to Hilary.
    I think another issue might be a problem with you........Obamas skin color and the fact that you may be little intimidated by a well educated highly intelligent black man

    August 13, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. John

    Vote for McCain and cry for yet another 4 years.

    August 13, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    The Democratic Convention will be the best one yet. TEAM OBAMA

    August 13, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  9. energy

    Barack Obama is so selfish. John Kerry made him from no where and now he does not want to cultivate in other unknowns. Recall that the Hon. Al Gore chose the former young Congressman from Tenessee Ford, an African American. Bill Clinton also chose another unknown in Evan Bayh in 1996. Wake up Obama!!

    Anyway, this may be a blessing in disguise. At least that can keep that Tim Kaine away from being in the ticket. Tim Kaine looks so dumb and uninspiring and no knowledge of what is going on in the world. The global affairs require a VP with sound foreign policy. Endorcing Obama is not a criteria for VP slop. If that is what it is, please offer it to Ted.

    Obama 2008 Unity!!

    August 13, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  10. Silence is golden

    Hillary supporters need to understand that they are the minority. The majority of Democrats are not behind them.

    Hillary will distance and estrange more Democrats than believable as she did not win the Primary.

    We already had a Clinton, it IS time for a change.

    If Hillary and her "Pumas" decide to make too many waves, there are those of us who WILL distance ourselves from the Democrat Party even if Barack gets the nomination. There are those of us who will look at the third party candidates if Hillary is on his ticket as VP.

    Have you gotten the idea yet?

    August 13, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  11. James

    ur going down McSame...

    August 13, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  12. McCain 08

    Warner is a good pick for the Convention Speaker, but Obama is a horrible choice as the nominee. With Obama at the top of the ticket, moderate democrats have no home.

    August 13, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  13. wilfred

    If it was clinton vs mccain we would have a choice.
    republican for america and against obama the liberal golden boy.

    August 13, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  14. Charles I Am

    With comments from the Lunatic fringe (Hillanuts & Bushnuts) I am buying stocks in any pharmaceutical corp. that develops a pill or has a cure for the mentally ill. Got to wonder if there are aliens from other planets amongst us.

    August 13, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  15. McCain = War, Draft, Recession, Inflation

    Puma 4 Hill – Obama IS the pick of the people. His campaign funding and new Democratic voter registration in enormous numbers the past couple of months show that the people are refusing the substandard candidate, John McCain.

    August 13, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  16. Ok

    We want Stephen Colbert to give a speech at the convention. Yea go Stephen Colbert.

    August 13, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  17. TSAH

    WOW – two and a possible three positive comments out of the first eleven posted – What a MEAN bunch!!! If you are upset because you are McSAME and Billary fans – don't take it out on Obama!!!

    I guess you're upset because Obama ran a CLEAN campaign and ended up being the nominee "fairly". I can actually hear the GRUNTS in the room and it's people like you that end up going POSTAL!!!!


    August 13, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  18. GoObama

    Majority of the people who are thinking about voting for McBush, please listen to yourself.
    Bush = McCain
    McCain = Bush

    Plus, you takling about foriegn policy. Look at the perfect example of Bush who doesn't no jack about foreign policy and make up majority of the stuff which HE doesn't make any sense what so ever. Learn from your mistakes IDIOTS.

    August 13, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  19. JD


    August 13, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  20. Ashley - Obama 08 - SC

    Richard – you are an idiot. Apparently you don't know anything about what Hillary Clinton stood for, what Obama stands for or what McCain stands for. You and the rest of the Clinton supporters that want to vote for McCain are the reason we can't get anything done in our government. Read up on the canidates and learn a few things. You might not want to vote Obama in the end, but you would realize that if you do support McCain now then you would have never supported Hillary Clinton to begin with.

    August 13, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  21. THE whole truth


    Please shut up already.

    I guarantee you Hillary will

    1. Give speech to have supporters back Obama
    2. Not be on nomination ballet (she quit, that was her choice!)
    3. Obama will win despite the maybe 2 million supporters out of 18 mill. that won't vote for Obama.

    Print it and hang it on your mirror, you have been for-warned!!

    August 13, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  22. Joe Idaho

    ...and he really should be the VP Choice, but he'll be President elect in 2016

    August 13, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. CW4Barack

    Good no big spotlight for the Republican Hillary Clinton!

    August 13, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  24. Justin

    As a former Virginian, I can tell you that he might be a handsome fella, but he's not a very compelling speaker, and he's not the least bit exciting. (Although politically, I can see why he went with a southerner).

    August 13, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  25. Gerald in Georgia

    You know I was looking forward to the Democratic Convention, but seeing how the Clintons have hi- jacked it to make it about them is really screwed up. If Obama was a white candidate and there was anyone doing to him what the Clintons are doing to Obama, this country would be calling for heads to roll but since Obama is relatively young black candidate making history, this party (Democrats) seems content with down playing his historical event to make nice with the Clintons and their "take my ball and go home" mental status. Make a note Democratic party, the Black People in this country are paying attention. We won't forget this. This Convention is not and should not be about the Clintons!!!!! It's time to turn the page or you are making sure that McSame has a victory in November and we won't forget!!!!

    August 13, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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