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. THE whole truth

    August 13th, 2008 8:41 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    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 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. james

    Obama won his senate campaign with 70% of the vote. I wish everyone would quit this mess about having everyone disqualified. If they were disqualified, it was their own rule breaking that got them there. You don't just HAVE people disqualified. They bring it on themselves. Obama won the election with VOTES, just like he's going to win this election.

    August 13, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Raymond Duke

    To the proud Army and Navy mom. Your kids volunteered they did not have their arms twisted. I am a twenty year veteran and was drafted the first time . After that I volunteered and have no one to blame but me for my actions. What is the use of having a Military if you don't use them when needed in a crisis. If they don't want to fight themn they don't need to draw the paycheck. What are we supposed to do pay them for looking pretty.

    August 13, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. JJ

    Man, these comments are harsh this morning. Everyone needs to pipe down and go get some coffee.

    August 13, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |

    I wonder ?if people who say some of this negative stuff are just people who are unhappy or if they are so dumb that they just don't know better.

    August 13, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. james

    "think it is interesting that, while Obama remains consistently about five points ahead, he cannot seem to seal the deal. "

    Everyone talking about sealing the deal when the deal isn't made until the voters vote. In addition, many of these polls are taken with land line phones. Remind you of Dewey Truman ?

    August 13, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Leper Colony of Pariah Hill

    Senator Obama ran a dignified, honorable campaign for the sake of a positive change in America come the General Election.

    Hillary ran a dishonest, disgusting sewer campaign in the hopes of self-promoting her way to a negative continuance of the status quo. She is counting on the remainder of the work to be done by her bitter, nasty bigot minions.

    They’re really working hard at it. Hats off to them. They truly credit their candidate.

    August 13, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Never Barak Obama

    looks like Obama plans to clean house with expereince leaders with proven records re: Bill Clinton & Hillary Clinton!

    August 13, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Karen, Illinois

    To MJ - Are you kidding me???

    Have you even read any post from Obama supporters? They are the most immature, hateful, name-calling bunch of people I've come across. All they do is make Obama look bad and divisive.

    August 13, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. IL

    Ditto Tim...............I couldn't have said it better. Good Job!!!

    August 13, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. MJ

    Someone seems to have stolen my identity, mj. Do not believe anything they say. They are an imposter.

    Go Mark Warner! I saw first hand the great job you did for Virginians after the horendous financial mess Jim Gilmore (REP) left Virginia in.

    August 13, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. chris

    Let come november 8th and you won't see Obama on television anymore as Hillary supporters including myself will help end Obama's presindential campaign. It is not about democrat or republican but I think this man is not qualified to be president.

    August 13, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  13. VV from Indiana

    Well, surprise, surprise. Another slap in the face for Hillary Clinton,
    and her supporters. Obama is definitely going into the wrong
    direction, especially at the convention. He's adding fuel to the

    August 13, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. Tom

    We are headed to Denver with our protest signs.

    August 13, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |

    Welcome Virginia to the wave of change. This spot gives Mark Warner two chances in his future as a democrat and politician. One, an unparalleled chance to be in the spot light and the untold free press in his bid for Senate. Second, it is his chance to appear on the national stage for future political gold.

    For the Obama wave – bringing Virginia closer to the fold.

    August 13, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. EJ

    Mark Warner Bio: Co founder of Nextel, former governor of VA. Forbes magazine, called VA the "Best managed state in the nation" 3 years in a row under Warner's leadership. He actually SHUT DOWN the DMV and social services offices in VA for two weeks and what happened? The state budget was balanced and he ended up with a surplus when he left office. He ran the state like a business. Mr Warner is a smart businessman and smart governor. You will hear a well-spoken, very articulate YOUNG (only 53 yrs old) man deliver an outstanding speech. Oh, by the way, he is not running for JOHN Warner senate seat in VA and is up by 30 points. MARK WARNER for President 2016! Warner senate seat 2009-2014, then run for President.

    August 13, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. Republican for Obama

    McCain=instant war with Iran, 100 years in Iraq and renewed Cold War with Russia

    August 13, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. Obvious

    In case everyone hasn't already noticed, Barack is ALREADY our president.

    Obama 08-16

    August 13, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Chips

    No Hillary.
    No Vote.
    You better put Hillary on that ticket.
    He stole the nominee.
    Blah, Blah, Blah,

    The above are the same people who claim they still see Elvis.
    Now I know why they still think Hillary is still in the race.

    I have a couch you can lay on for $200 an hour.

    Obama 08! Obama 08! OBama 08!

    August 13, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. Al

    The more I see of Obama, the less I like him. In fact, I have gotten to the point where I really can not stand him. I am an ex-dem and a current PUMA. If you guys don't think it is will see in Nov. And frankly, I don't give a hoot what it makes me look like. He doesn't deserve my vote and won't get it.

    August 13, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. Kelly

    Obama will make a great President; I was once a Hillary supporter, still support her, but as you can see, she is not the nomination, let's MOVE ON.

    August 13, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. john

    Please!!!! you Republicans supporting Obama's demise , deviously "supporting" Hillary, GIVE IT UP. McCain is lame and does not stand a chance in a general election, and YOU cannot fool ENOUGH of her true supporters to switch parties. Yes she gave it her best fight, but its over.
    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. Dave

    The Obamanation will not win. It's too early for the AC

    August 13, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Johnny the Boy

    I believe Obama, the candidate with his own logo and trademark, will deliver change....

    Change, a nickel and a few pennies, will be all I have left after he taxes me to death....

    Change in the form of a Democrat pandering to the Lobbiests instead of a Republican....

    Change, when Americans negotiate with terrorists instead of kicking their butts.

    Change, change change. Get ready boys and girls, you've asked for it.

    August 13, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. Jan Ill.

    Admit it too yourself, when did hoping and dreaming get you anywhere? Are you sure that he's ready, Its crucial?Are you affected by speeches alone. Have you seen his voting record are you impressed?Yes we need change and any politician can speak on it, can he deliver? He needs Hillary, and so do we.

    August 13, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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