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. Les from Springfield, VA

    Mark Warner proved to be an exceptional manager, administrator, financial expert, and leader during his tenure as Governor of the great state of Virginia. A prudent choice as we move forward.

    August 13, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. Serge (Lutz, FL)

    Are the Hillary supporters still crying? Gosh, it's like having a 5 year old who doesn't get that shiny new toy he/she wanted (Whine whine whine whine, ect.....)

    You folks just don't get it do you, This election is about CHANGE. Please look up the definition. Hillary and William Jefferson DO NOT represent CHANGE. They're old school politics/politicians who are sore losers b/c they didn't win the (D) nomination. Move on. Going to the convention and causing a tantrum like a bad 5 yr old kid is about as childish as you can get. Selfish people like you will never win. Obama has done as much as he can for her, she needs to get out of the way and/or become an independent and run in 2012. Her antics lately have been sarcastic at best.

    And as for a supporters, once Barack takes the oath and institutes a universal healthcare program to insure all Americans, I can recommend the names of a few good psychiatrists for you folks to visit cause you so called HILL-DAWG/PUMA supporters are just plain crazy.

    August 13, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. nganenu

    It's about time she got out of the way. Sore looser is such a pathetic sight, name it the Clintons

    August 13, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. Derrick Clark

    I think Mark Warner would make a excellent VP.

    August 13, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. JD

    Richard, if you don't vote for Barack because his middle name is Hussein, you deserve to be lied to and forgotten.

    August 13, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. IL

    Okay Hillary Supporters-Just as I have been and WAS during the race for the Democratic nomination – GET OVER IT........Hiliary LOST!!!!

    Hilliary supporters -don't cut off your nose to spite your face and suffer another 8 years of BUSH-CHENEY!!!! Your pride is not worth it!!!

    August 13, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. McDepends

    Quite a few of Hillary's supporters (PUMA'S) are the sorriest, bitterest, meanest, nastiest, bunch of sore losers I've ever came across. You deserve each other and more importantly, I can see why she lost. Apparently, her campaign workers are filled with bitter, nasty, racist, mean people – just like you.

    August 13, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Joe

    Will Obama just announce his running mate already? I am tired of all the stupid "whoo will obama pick?" news stories and the like... the headline for this story on was: "Ticker: Obama makes big convention pick ". Really? Did you realize that if you hinted at a VP pick people might click on the link but if you said "Obama picks keynote speaker" no one would care? Big convention pick my butt... no one cares...

    August 13, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. Raymond Duke

    People take a good luck at that sissy liberal Georgian leader and his followers and you get a perfect picture of Obama and the liberal democrats in a crisis. The Russian or fifty miles from the capital and they are giving speeches and waving flags. Instead of the leader planning and strategizing and the people getting their guns to defend their families homes and country they are waving flags and squalling for someone to help them even though they attacked the breakaway areas first. Whether you support the Georgians are the Russians you have to recongize the stupity of their actions when confronted in a crisis. Obama and the democrats are always talking about doing away with our guns or gun control. Do you feel safe with a liberal president and the left wingers protecting you.

    August 13, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. Used to Be HRC

    I'm so sick of all the HRC supporters showing their true stripes on why the possibility existed for our president to be elected twice. If someone believes in the stereotypical beliefs of the Democratic party then vote your parties interest. Vote McCain in and watch these economic times worsen for those of us who are unfortunate enough to even hold the silver spoon. If McCain's Policies benefit you then vote that way.
    Those who are still "bitter" that HRC lost call yourselves Fans and not faithful dems. If you think that voting McCain will help her don't forget that Obama has supporters who can make it just as difficult for her on her next attempt.

    Vote your interest

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

    McCain is just too old. Look at the young vibrant leaders in just about all the other world players. Young, strong men with fresh, new ideas. We need Obama in there to portray the look of progressive, modern society. The time of geriatric leadership is coming to an end. Our tired old great grandfathers can't keep pace with the fast track anymore.
    "Bomb bomb Iran" should have given everyone their first clue. It's the Beach Boys for cryin out loud. Advisors..yes...but the face of thanks.

    August 13, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. randy


    August 13, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. douglas

    nice move obama,

    we want to see more new broom sweep the political ladder

    dunno why hillary was mentioned though.

    August 13, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  14. Ed Sommers

    Somebody please explain to me how you can support the 2008 election of any Republican to be President of the United States. The Republicans held the Presidency for eight years, after the Democrats held the position for the previous 8 years. When Bush took office, the country was at peace, and the economy was in excellent shape - running ZERO deficit.

    "9/11" occurred while BUSH was President. Bush lied us into war in Iraq. Bush has presided over the economy going into the toilet. McCain supported Bush's policies for the past 8 years, more than 90% of the time. How can anybody in his right mind want to see the continuation of a Republican presidency for the next four or eight years?

    August 13, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. John

    Vote for a Change, vote Obama.
    Vote for MaCain, you get the same as Bush.

    August 13, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  16. McCain - Pro Gaffe

    Puma's = Republicans posing as disenfranchised Democrats

    August 13, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  17. Sick & Tired of Nobama

    If all you people who are on the hope dope would sober up and see what exactly your Messiah is touting you would run for the hills and grab your bibles and guns.
    This guy will run this country into the ground and let the terrorist and his fellow muslims take over our wonderful country.


    This is the best country in the world to live in and if he doesn't see that then he is an idiot and so is his wife. I have never seen or witnessed such an UNPATRIOTIC candidate and his wife in all my 56 years.


    August 13, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. nick q

    I love mark warner! he's such a great guy. Whether Obama loses or win, i bet mark warner will make a run for president someday. And he will win. Great choice. Presents a fresh face, someone with integrity, popular in a swing state, and brilliant with economics.

    August 13, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. Marcelo

    Let me just leave you with one thought on this whole 'Experience vs. Judgement' argument. We value experience because we believe that experience has a direct correlation to good judgment. But in the last 26 years John McCain has been in office, he's had an affair and left his former wife (that waited for him while he was in Vietnam), he was a one of the Keating Five that brought about the whole savings and loans scandal in the 1980's, he's voted to put us in an unjustified war (and won't admit that he was wrong), and depending which way the wind is blowing, he is For and Against gay marriages, tax cuts, off-shore drilling, abortion, an indefinite presence in Iraq, a withdrawal from Iraq, a Marverick or a right wing party poster boy.

    If we want to take 'Experience' into account without judgment, then we should re-elect Bush because he's got 7 years of executive experience over McCain.

    August 13, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  20. Michael "C" LOrton, Virginia

    This is turning out to be a "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" event.

    August 13, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  21. Dee Jay a young black republican

    for people that always have something to say negitive about obama and the democratic party are loosers.......its obvious that you have nothing to say about john mccain and his camp... obama is the man for the job...................... and i am a conseritive but i will vote for OBAMA and he will take my state of Florida.....


    August 13, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  22. tammy

    Great choice! Obama is showing that he will not be bullied by Hillary and her supporters that can't see the bigger picture.

    America is struggling on all fronts. We need change.

    I know Hill is disappointed, but we have to move forward. Time is running out and we have to focus on winning... not distractions on what could have been.

    I was really pushing for Hill to be vp until recently. She will consistently be a distraction and push OBAMA inthe background. Just look at the convention... its all about the Clintons and not about OBAMA.

    Lets move forward people.

    OBAMA 08

    August 13, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  23. Tim

    I have to laugh and shake my head at these "Hillary supporters for McCain". Sounds like treason to me. You're either Republican or Democrat. Wasting your precious vote on the opposition just makes you look shallow.....or a rascist...or a feminist. Pick one or all of the above. Just because your girl couldn't get the votes, doesn't mean you should punish us all with another four years of McBush.

    August 13, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  24. Sharon

    Who cares about Warner? He will be on mute with Michelle, McCaskill, Obama etc.. The only people I will be listening to will be the Clintons and few others and of course the protests.

    August 13, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. michelle

    WHO CARES ! I will be watching ONLY Hillary that night.

    Write in Hillary's name! Vote McCain or stay home!

    Anything's better than this inexperienced, smooth-talking, sweet-talking phoney, cockey, arrogant president wanna be.


    August 13, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
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