August 13th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
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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. Deb in Allentown, PA

    Wow, I have seen posts commenting on the rude, nasty behavior shown by Obama supporters. I'm so sorry that this campaign has come down to this ugly behavior rather than a serious discussion of the important topics that affect us all.

    As I'm typing this at about 8:40 a.m., there are eleven comments, seven of which are vitriolic and hate-filled. The PUMA and McCain supporters who have posted those comments should be ashamed of yourself. You do NOTHING to advance the democratic principles upon which this country was founded.

    August 13, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. Renee, DC

    You people are hilarious and solidify why i would NEVER vote for McCain or Hillary!!!!

    August 13, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. Sarah

    "Clinton came very close to winning the Democratic presidential nomination..."

    Interesting. Because not that long ago, CNN and other outlets were reporting that Clinton had no chance whatsoever and was dragging down the party. I guess now she's the almost-winner.

    August 13, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Jeff from Jersey

    The theme should be America finally keeps a promise....ANY promise.

    Americans have been the biggest losers after 8 years of Bush's incompetence and criminal negligence.

    August 13, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Greg, NY

    Jeremy August 13th, 2008 8:22 am ET

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

    Jeremy, if the democrats will 'loose' the White House again, how do you suggest they 'tighten' it?

    August 13, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  6. Barb

    The Hillary supporters need to get over themselves. If you truly were her supporters, you would have taken her admonitions to heart when she asked you to in her June 3rd speech. People who post that they are issuing ultimatums to Obama about Hillary, or who state they are Clinton supporters who will vote for McCain are simply Republicans by another name. And truthfully, you were never going to vote for the Democratic nominee anyway. No real Hillary supporter could stomach voting for McCain knowing what everyone knows about him.

    August 13, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. Timber

    Obama is getting desperate. I love it. The chosen one (chosen by Pelosi, Dean and Brazile that is) feels his pedestal shaking. He is trying to bring in people with actual experience to save his divine butt.

    August 13, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. Mary

    I can't believe these comments. How can you NOT be for Obama at this time? These Hillary people had better get over it, and if you do not support Obama and end up with McCain, you will get what you deserve-another four years of the continued hell that we have had under Bush. Do you really want that?

    August 13, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. George Monroe

    I think Warner is a good move. Clinton's campaign staff is engaging in self-destructive cannabalism. Unfortunately the releasing of the internal campaign memos depicting her as paralyzed and unable to make tough decisions does not help her cause. You can't throw the toilet at someone and then think you're going to be politically compatible or rewarded.

    For all of you who want to support McCain, another privileged C minus warmonger go right ahead. No health care, no pensions, no jobs paying anything, and no gas to visit grandma with the kids.

    August 13, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. David

    It seems to me that Howard Dean and Obama turned our party into a KOOL AID party now and I'm proud to be a puma 08'.

    August 13, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. Puck

    To Richard, Steve Green, and all other PUMAs:

    What would you have Obama do? What would satisfy YOU
    and make YOU feel like Obama is trying to unify the party
    and bring Hillary's supporters into the fold?

    Would you have him come to your home in person and
    personally ask you to vote for him? What do you WANT?!

    Hillary has said publicly that her supporters should back
    Obama and vote for him, yet all I see is people like you
    yelling and screaming and whining and moaning about
    how he's not doing enough for YOU. Obama is even giving
    Hillary a primetime slot at the DNC for her speech.

    I don't understand what more he can do to satisfy YOU.
    Keeping Hillary in the spotlight as a prominent member
    of the Democratic Party should be enough. You should
    follow the request of the woman you support so strongly
    and get behind the person that SHE endorses for this office.

    What more do YOU want?! And the answer can't be "I want
    her to be President," or, "I want her to be VP," because its
    not going to happen. So, aside from those two things,
    what can Obama do to make YOU happy? To get YOU
    to support him? To unify the party?

    Is there ANYTHING? Or do you find joy in just spouting
    anger, resentment, and bitterness? None of you ever
    offer anything up other than, "Obama isn't doing enough
    to make Hillary's supporters happy." Maybe he should
    send you a fruit basket or some cookies?

    And for all the people out there who don't know how to spell:
    The word is "loser," not "looser." The word is "lose," not "loose."
    If you want to say that Obama is going to lose the election,
    and you say, "Obama is going to loose," you sound like a
    complete idiot and lose all credibility on the blogs. Wake up.

    August 13, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. Raymond Duke

    After this fiasco with the democrt leadership selecting Obama I can see why they want to give this spot to the guy from virginia hoping to pull that state to the democrat column. After calling pennsylvaniains uneducated gun toting relgious nut racist, West Virginia and kentucky uneducated racist if them people have got any pride he can start out with a three state deficit plus a large majority of states such as Texas and others that will go republican.I guess nancy Pelosi is like Obama and has decided maybe to have a vote on drilling. They do stand for change though. They change their mind so much with each poll they can't even keep up with their changes. Oh by the way you saw that cry baby georgian president hiding and all them holding a demonstration and making speeches with the Russian forces fifty miles from their capital. That is exactly what Obama and the left wing liberals would do if the U> S. was attacked. What a bunch of idiots.The United States should stay out of this . This is Russia's border. What would we do if the Russians tried putting missles on our border or tried to influence Canada to break away from North America.

    August 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  13. Thomas

    Come on, cool down, why so negative comments? Politics and democracy are all about respect.

    August 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |

    Obama,please sit down and shut up. We don't need a "figurehead" in this country whos handlers have on a very short rope. We need a real president.We need John McCain.

    August 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  15. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    I would vote for Warner for prez if he ever ran. He was a great guv, and got alot done in our state, despite the fact he was up against a state government that was behind in the times. He dragged Virginia kicking and screaming into the modern world. Its why he is so far up against another former guv who did nothing but create a popular bumper sticker.

    August 13, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. mike

    wow . . .its a little negative in here . . . wasn't this story about Mark Warner?

    August 13, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. Brooke in PA

    Right you are, Jeremy. Warner..snore, not interested. Lived in DC for 8 years and know all about him. I'm only tuning in for Bill and Hillary's speeches. Could care less about the Messiah's coronation at Invesco Field.

    August 13, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. Done with Dems

    Great pick. This Virginian hopes he can't find his way back home!

    August 13, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    the only losers are the GOP, who are doing all they can to knock our great country back to the stone age.

    August 13, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. Republicans Hate America

    I cant wait to hear Barak Husein Obama when he is giving his speech in January's inauguration at the whitehouse.

    August 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  21. there is a saying

    If you don't have anything nice to say about someone, then–keep your lips shut.

    August 13, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  22. ML - California

    The Democratic convention – I will not watch this "clown show"!
    At least, TV provides other choices in entertainment!

    August 13, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  23. Patricia

    Interesting comments. Obama has gone far beyond what is necessary to include the Clintons. If Obama had continued to campaign AGAINST H. Clinton the last 2 months of the primaries, she would NEVER have been as close as she was. Instead he actually started his general election campaigning once statistics showed that Clinton couldn't win and only did rebuttal ads. Other than that, she was free to preach to the choir increasing her numbers a little. Example – Puerto Rico.
    Warner? Maybe he has something to offer we should know about. Give a fresh new name a chance.
    It is time to 'RENEW AMERICA'S PROMISE"

    August 13, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  24. Helen

    What a sad lot of people who cannot let go of Hillary and vote for Barack. LET IT GO! SHE DID NOT WIN! I wish she had but do you all want another four years of REPUBLICAN rule. Let's move forward and get a DEMOCRAT in the White House in 2009.

    August 13, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  25. Rich

    I think it is interesting that, while Obama remains consistently about five points ahead, he cannot seem to seal the deal. The pundits keep comparing him to Reagan in 1980–but Reagan did something very smart–he held his nose and put his rival on the ticket. The result, a landslide because all the Republicans stayed in the tent and the economy pulled in the people standing outside. If he had picked someone else, the people standing outside may have come in, but the people already in the tent who were for Bush–well, some of them may have gone over to Jimmy Carter figuring they would wait it out for four years and get their guy in then. That is probably what will happen if Obama makes the mistake of leaving Hillary off the ticket and without your base–you can't win an election.

    August 13, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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