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. jorge lopez

    What everrrrrr.... No Hillary no vote from me....

    August 13, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. Shrimp Barnicles, NY

    Obama wins this election by a huge land slide.
    Iowa is now in his bag. He is in the process of ambushing Virginia. He has over 20 offices there. He will also pull a dark knight stunner on McCain in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and may be Georgia. The guy can so do without Ohio and Florida. So many states to win; so little time.

    Sorry haters.

    August 13, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. mj

    Coming from a middle aged white female–To all you Hillary supporters–if Obama is disregarding you and her so much then why has she been give a spot at the convention. And why has Bill? What does it take to make you happy beside Hillary being the nominee???? Do you realize that your positions give more substance to one of the biggest complaints about her–that she is polarizing. She has caused division in the democratic party and that is what she is so well known for. Haven't you read about what went on in her campaign? And what about the huge debt? Is this what we need leading our country–a woman who can't really handle the finances of her campaign nor the people she has chosen to help her run the campaign. This doesn't really make much sense to me. Obama is helping her try to retire some of her debt, has given her a key a position in the convention and yet you continue to whine!!!! Instead of being so divisive yourself, why don't you get together and work hard to help her retire her debt so that she comes out of this looking like a woman who can move her supporters to do positive things. I just don't get it. Neither Hillary nor Obama were perfect candidates and if Hillary were to try to win over the primary at this point, the democrats are sure to loose in Nov. If she is to come through this successfully, she and her supporters need to come together and support Obama. Otherwise, all the concerns about her negative qualities will be true.

    August 13, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Steve R

    if all the democRATS don't deliver on all these promises, who are they going to blame? the old administration?

    If they are elected into the white house and they solve a single problem then will vote for a second term.

    But it is lookin like the Appointed One is on a role.

    I dont trust him, never will

    Why dont we hear more about thei Ayres guy?

    Oh yeah, Obama will just distance himself from him just like everything that looks bad. Is he going to distance himself from Hammas later as well?

    NObama 08...........

    We are the good guys and America IS #1

    August 13, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. R Wolf

    If you're really such a Hillary supporter, how can you turn your back on everything she stands for by voting for McCain? It just doesn't make sense. She and McCain have no shared principles or platforms. You're being childish. It's as if you're saying if you don't get your way you're going to ruin it for everyone else. Obama is just as much an American as anyone else in America, so why try to degrade him with the middle name in capitals? How does that help anything? Hillary ran and didn't get the nomination. I voted for her, but now I'm fully behind Obama. I want a Democrat this Nov. As long as that Democrat believes in Women's right to choose, universal health care, more taxing for the wealthy, social security, end to the war, etc., all the mainstays of the Democratic party, then I don't care if the candidate is male, female, black or white. I just want them to win.

    August 13, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. proud army and navy mom

    you dead-enders so called democrats(PUMA) need to stop all that hating. If you want to see mcsenile continue to run this country in the ground, go ahead and vote for him. Just stop the hate.

    August 13, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Has anyone asked if Warner has any skeletons in his closet that we should know about before the speech?

    I just love mystery and intrique concerning corruption, abuse of power and sexual exploits. Even when it is not about the Republicans.

    August 13, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. trueblue

    Anyone who claims to be a HRC supporter who now says they will vote for McSame, is not a true democratic and should just get the heck out of the party. You either support the party or you don't. so take your conspiracy theories and join McSame.

    August 13, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. Gloria

    I can't wait to say President Obama!
    I luv CNN, one of the lesser evils (?) OR – rather one of the least biased news sources available. Rawk on!

    August 13, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. erick

    you guys are so ignorant! Why are Clinton supporters so head strong on her? Obama won fair and square. He ran a clean campaign aand if America felt he wasn't qualified they would not have voted him as the nominee. It's time for somehting new and fresh. Why keep electing the same old politicians that make empty promises and send us to unneccesary wars? It all boils down to his name and his race..Face it, if Obama's name was Tom Washington and he was white, and his experience was just the same, you'd jump on the band wagon..Hillary only has 3 more years in the senate than Obama and the only major experince is first lady and "my friends" that's not a qualification! Get over it, she should have ran a fair campaign and kept Bill's mouth shut! She made her bed, now she needs to lie in it. If you vote Mccain you're asking for more years in Iqar, a conflict that should never have started, and you're asking for poor judgement llike Bush has. Mccain doesnt' care about Americans, not the one's who struggle to pay bills, feed kids, and have to give up a meal to insure that the kids eat. He only cares about the rich like all Republicans.

    August 13, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Bruce

    I have been reading these post for months and not responded. But the Hillary supporters (of which I am one) need to back off. Think about it this way. If Barack can't win with us, then Hillary most certainly cannot win with Barack's supporters. If they changed the nominee now, the Democratic Party is finished.

    August 13, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. Justice 4 All

    Are the haters for real – Please get over it. If Hillary won, then fine, but she lost. It is done. Even when many of us lost respect for Billary, Obama did not. He has always tried to be the bigger person, and commend her for being a worthy opponent. What more do you want? As a woman, I would love to see a qualified woman as POTUS someday, but that is not Billary. It is so sad to have these few haters try to ruin the Democratic party, for no reason. You have no real reason why you hate Obama so much, you just do. Sick and Sad.

    August 13, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. McDepends

    Hillary should be McCain's VP. They're both flip-floppers, they both have been shot at, Oh that's right she forgot or misremembered, they both are desperate and they both hate Obama, they both voted for this disaster of a war. He can freely use all of her commercials and talking points in his campaign. That way she can leave Obama alone. McDepends can have both her and Bill.

    McCain and Hillary

    August 13, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. Kevin, Austin

    You gotta get up early to beat the haters (republicans).

    Will you all come back in November and admit that you were wrong? Or will you just move your hate onto something else?

    August 13, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. Mike in Houston

    You crybaby Hillarites would still not support Obama even if he selected her as VP. I have never heard such childishness from a bunch of adults in my life. Maybe Obama can give her the lead job of finding those WMD's since Hillary has been very effective at seeing imaginary things (sniper fire). Nobody cares about you, Hillary supporters! WE don't need your support, there are more of us who love Obama as evident in the primaries. Go Benedict Arnold and vote for McCain, he needs your support more than we do.

    Obama/Hagel 2008 and 2012

    August 13, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    A great choice by Obama! Thank goodness the keynote speaker is not Hillary.

    August 13, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. Charlotte

    DNC=Dumb Nuts Committee
    I love the way the Obama-bots call for party unity and want a republican as VP? Get real you mindless fans, the party is democrat, not repubacat? Who will run for President, God Forbid, if Obama should win the election and serve his term? The incumbent would be a Republican. I cannot believe Obama would pick a republican as VP and expect any kind of party unity in November. His fans are pretty crazy, but I can't believe they could be that stupid. Maybe they are as dumb as I first thought they were. Whomever McCain picks as VP is, without a doubt, a hairs breath away from the Presidency. The party expects Hillary to be so loyal to the party, but Obama can pick a republican as VP, go figure. I will write Hillary on my ballot in November….

    August 13, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. randy

    Is gonna be great. I cant to watch the whole event.

    Plz vote obama in november.

    August 13, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. WiseChoice

    Hey Rich-

    Your "Caps Lock" button was stuck in the "on" position when you keyed Obama's middle name. Oh wait, that was probably done on purpose right? How original! I mean, it's so fresh. Most people in America vote for a candidate based on their name anyway right? No one takes the time to look at the issues. I'm sure as soon as your wife, who you probably keep pregnant and barefoot, finishes ironing your rebel flag, you and the rest of Lot 29 will point out that Obama isn't white. Hey, thanks for the great information. Moron.

    August 13, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. Kitty

    I have a huge amount of faith in Obama. He is a clever man who won't concede to the demands of that power hungry woman (Hillary). America is changing and we need a dynamic leader to represent our nation and values.
    McBUSH is too old, bitter, and senile to be president. He shouldn't be allowed to take office and continue on our current horrendous path. He disgusts me.

    August 13, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  21. Steve E

    How exactly do you "loose" the White House? Is it not tied up tight enough for you? Typical republicans, Bush really has dumbed down the party.

    August 13, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. Ric

    Warners gets the consolation prize for losing the VP race.

    August 13, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. randy

    Is gonna be great. I cant to watch the whole event.

    Plz vote obama in november tell your friends too.

    August 13, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. The Truth

    I see all the rethugs are up early.
    PUMA nuts dig a hole.
    Whoever says Hillary or McCain are clearly racist and deserve the America you get.
    Just wait and see what you get when you don't vote on the issues and vote out of hatred and discrimination.

    Obama 08' and 12'

    August 13, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  25. Jozee

    Mark Warner, like Sen. Obama, is an extremely talented American who has proven his leadership and governing skills. He had the vision to turn my great state around after the pathetic, drenched in red ink of his predecessor, Jim Gilmore, who did not have the talent, nor the skill to lead. It took Mark Warner to make the state fiscally sound again, while Gilmore, another clueless Bush-bot, traisped off to Washington to bide his time until he could run for the Senate.

    All Hillary Supporters for McCain, and PUMA's, take note:. Virginia will turn blue in the fall and you will learn to say, President Obama.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    August 13, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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