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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soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Mike

    for CHANGE


    for the SAME!!

    Remember Vince Foster!!
    Remember Vince Foster!!
    Remember Vince Foster!!

    August 13, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Jackie - NYC

    The Hillary supporters need a reality check. Have you read the article on her campaign? She lost this campaign thru incompetence and arrogance. Nothing was stolen from her, nothing was snatched from her. Sexism didn't do her in. Obama didn't beat her up. She lost because she was a leader of her own campaign.

    But HRC supporters tell me, if the Clintons had managed to get the nomination what would you be saying to the Obama supporters. You would be telling them to " get over it " right? Well I am telling you "get over it".

    Oh and for the record there is no way HRC had 18 million true voters.

    (CNN please post)

    August 13, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Just the sight of Dick Cheney and that stupid grin makes me sick!

    August 13, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. LINDA

    This Virginian thinks Mark Warner is an excellent choice but it certainly won't sway my vote. I am a 40 something African American female and yes, a staunch HRC supporter. I absolutely will not vote for Obama because I still feel like he has just "disregarded" Hillary. I'll vote-I would never give up that right- but it will be a write-in vote for HRC.

    August 13, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. over the hill

    PUMA = republicans not confident enough about their own candidate.

    and can you blame them??

    No Hillary now. No Hillary ever.

    August 13, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Ginger

    Barack doesn't have a clue to problems of inflation – raise taxes on corporations and they raise prices and lay off workers. And his trillion dollar socialist health plan is insane.
    Vote McCain

    August 13, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Susan

    For the first time in a long time I am looking forward to the convention. This is a great choice.

    August 13, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. DC from DC

    As a person who lives in NVA and supported Hillary Clinton, why should anyone (including myself) interpret this pick as a slap in the face of Clinton or any of her supporters? For all of you who say Hillary should've been given the keynote address spot. My question to you all is haven't she been given enough of the spotlight already?

    At this juncture in the fight for the seat of President of the United States, shouldn't the focus be on Barack Obama and John McCain? The DNC is less than two weeks away but yet many of us are still dwelling on what could have been.

    Why must people make so much out of nothing? It is long over-due for us to come together and put this bitterness of Hillary not winning behind us. I was a Hillary supporter, but guess what, she lost. Now it's time to move on.

    America was created with the premise of all men/women are created equal. Country before county, us before I, you before me. What's best for this country is what's best for me, that's my take.

    John McCain and the rest of the GOP is banking on a rift between us. For the sake of our nation, I refuse to let my own personal ambitions get in the way of making the right decision for my country. We cannot continue to travel down this path Bush has put us on.

    August 13, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Please, No Obama

    The real story will be the demonstrations OUTSIDE the convention. As BHO pumps up his giant ego, the base of the Democratic Party will be rallying against him. As Americans see past the narcissism and stage antics of Obama, they realize what a total fraud he is. Time to take his fake presidential seal, Brandenburg gate photo ops and rock concerts back to where they belong. Obama will go down in Denver.

    August 13, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Don

    Let me get this straight here Mr. Ed Sommers. You are saying that it was Bush and the Republicans to blame for 9/11? What hole have you had your head in? You keep blaming someone. Why don't you blame old Billy boy Clinton for balancing the budget by reducing the military to an all time low? Anyone can see that when you reduce your military to this level, a good boy scout troop is willing to try and kick your butt. Wake up America and smell the roses.

    August 13, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Joe M

    Considering the posts from the asylum escapees above, I'd say the Democrats got the keynote speaker right. Give it PUMAS and in the closet McCainers, how about some policy discussion? Can't do it can you?

    August 13, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Esther cuyahoga falls ohio

    quit using the close thing with Hillary it only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades

    August 13, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. Done with Dems

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

    August 13, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Sick & Tired of Nobama August 13th, 2008 9:17 am ET

    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.

    You are as ignorant and racist as Raymond Duke. You must be his inbred brother-cousin..see my post to him as it applies to your racist @55 as well.

    August 13, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Krista in Tampa

    Tom – We are heading to Denver too with our protest signs....

    Hillary Clinton has been robbed of this nomination.

    She had better -at least- be the VP.

    August 13, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Minnesota Woman Voter for Hillary; now for McCain

    Who cares; let's get to the election, so we can all vote.

    August 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. What if?

    SO many of you forget you can't demand what Obama is suppose to do..............Bill Clinton wouldn't have it, Bush wouldn't have it, McCain wouldn't have it, your husbands wouldn't have it.....No PAST Candidates or Presidents would allow you to treat them like your child....Example……Look at Bush....No need to say more..........

    Go to pay a bill and make a DEMAND to the customer service rep. (not the President of that company), and see how far your whining get you!

    August 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Jos/TN

    to the victor goes the spoils, get over Hillary's lost, she can run again McCain is in his seventies and has the GOP bid

    August 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. I think it's over......

    Please tell me how someone who started out 20 points ahead of the competition can claim the primaries were "stolen" from her. The votes just didn't break for her the way they expected and the convoluted way they have of "counting" them by excluding some states and including the MI votes for her but ignoring the votes against her is mind boggling – that kind of mindset operating in the Oval office is frightening.

    August 13, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. nola

    I wish all your Hillary supporters would "put up or shut up", if each of you would send $1.00 to her you would pay off her campaign debt – supposely 18M votes- but no you spend your time crying like a bunch of babies – Please no more whininng and crying – just vote for McCain.

    If you can read I would like to suggest that you read the article in the "Atlantic", that tells why Clinton lost – IT WAS NOT BECAUSE OF OBAMA – It was because Hillary did not run a very effective campaign.

    THE TRUTH HURT- but deal with it

    August 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Glad to hear it is Mark Warner, yesterday it was rumored that Hillary was going to be the keynote speaker and that would have been horrible.
    I will be glued to the set watching the convention and hopefully we can get through the Clinton Speeches without too much blah blahs about the 18Million cracks.

    Let us look forward, not back.

    August 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. checkthisout


    To be added to the List are:



    Will John Edwards be there?

    What about Al Sharpton?

    Chuck Hagel?

    August 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Lou R

    A powerful speaker agenda is planned by the DNC. This is where the 'high road" political talent resides. The RNC is having trouble getting the currently elected members of Congress to attend their convention. The RNC convention will be a lack luster show led by the less than dynamic John McCain. A "yawn" event at best, especially directly following the Labor Day holiday.

    August 13, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. Franky

    I see. Warner is pretty well known. I see...

    August 13, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. randy



    August 13, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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