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. Bill from ALabama

    Wrong! Clinton suspended her campaign......there is a difference,folks. Obama sure is getting free reigns,to be just the presumptive nominee! But this is to make it seem more unthinkable that the Delegates and Super-Delegates may have changed their minds as to who is most electable. Protect him til the end CNN,but the man will not win this election,should he maintain the Dem. Nomination. Too much has come out to flaw the man's values and character,and more is leaking out every day. We ,the 18,000,000 are determined to have the last say. We want a real American who shares our values,and faith. We can't trust this enigma.

    August 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Franky

    @turnabout is fair play

    I know, right? And people expect us to be nice. I mean, with that kind of attitude, even God would curse you down...

    August 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Fiasco!

    Obama is a FIASCO! The Dems still have a chance to get Hillary un Denver...don´t miss the chance...

    August 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Connie

    To Tim; You are right on those voters who whine about Hillary losing are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats,it's like the kid, if you don't play my way I will take my ball and go home.To all of you who are going to protest or who are thinking about enjoying the protest , remember the McSenile convention is last. The old saying he who laughs last , laughs best.Bring it on!!!!!! OBAMA/BAYH 08
    Connie from Indiana

    August 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |


    August 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Swift

    DON"T BE FOOLED by the people who claim to be bitter HRC supporters- they are republiscum that are trolling to attack Obama and get under your skin.

    I wonder when the mainstream media is going to start covering McInsane and his anti-American policies.

    When is the media going to cover the story that broke the past two weeks: Cheney and the White House fabricated evidence to justify the invasion of Iraq.

    It appears that the media is still in the pocket of the RNC (America's domestic terrorist group).

    August 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Gloria

    HA! A repub. made a suggestion to Obama for a Repub. of another state (Sen) to be VP. The REPUB. that suggested this to Obama was a long time friend to McCain. He said he would not Support McCain for President because of his attacks on Obama during this election, among a few other reasons. Both parties are having issues of division.
    Clearly hillary-is the weakest link to the democratic party.
    But that is not the democratic parties fault- we can not control what other people do. That is the fact of life.
    She might need some type of psychological evaluation at some point... I'm just saying...
    YES so it is the REPUB... Senators turning away from their own parties.

    ehhemm... Not sure where anyone read Obama was concidering a republican VP.. we will all just see when that happens.

    It is predicted that Obama wins, you all know that right?

    Have a great day!

    August 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Jon

    To the Democrats who supported Hillary and are mad–I understand your pain. I really do. But please read the story titled Endangered Species: In More Danger at the bottom of under the TIME link. This is the kind of administration that will go down as the worst in history, and McCain is just more of the same. Think about the Supreme Court, a woman's right to choose, the next conflict in the middle east, etc., and then think again about voting for McCain. If my candidate had lost I would be mad, and I might even think he got screwed. But I wouldn't vote for McCain under any circumstances, and I hope no good Democrat would.

    August 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Ron C

    C'mon...I was a Hillary supporter but am voting for Obama now. The die hards need to understand he is a Democrat and United States cannot live or survive with McSame for even 4 years. Same song as Bush.

    August 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. M from Texas

    A vote for ANY Democrat is a vote for Nancy Pelosi and her policies.

    Wake up that people! Congress is on a 5 week vacation thanks to Pelosi, while we're paying $3.75 – $4.00 a gallon for gas.

    What's really insulting is that Pelosi is actually on a book tour promoting her new book. ABSURD!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Cheryl Wilson

    What a big boost for Mark Warner and Virginia. Obama exercised excellent judgment in choosing Mark Warner as the keynote speaker. I am so glad it's not Hillary Clinton. It is time to turn the page on the Clintons and the Bushes and enter a new era of politics. The Clintons have tarnished their own legacy by acting like sore losers since Obama clinched the nomination in June. Obama won fair and square. The Clintons, as the McCains, show very little respect for Obama. They look at him through condescending eyes. Obama reaches out to all people and has shown nothing but the utmost respect to the Clintons and the McCains. The Clintons and the McCains are so very divisive.
    OBAMA '08

    August 13, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Brett

    "Wouldn't doubt it if he's related to the Time-Warner bunch… who own all the media in the tank for Obama. "

    Hey moron, Mark Warner is one of the most successful Virginia Governors in recent decades, putting the state at the top for job and economic growth. At least get your facts straight before posting.

    August 13, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Lisa from VA

    that is great . Mark Warner was a VERY GOOD GOVERNOR HERE .

    Good CHOICE 🙂

    August 13, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Sharon

    Amazing Obama does not want top billing for everything.

    Sharing the spotlight is so unlike him.

    August 13, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Bruce August 13th, 2008 9:03 am ET

    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.
    Welcome Bruce, you are one of a VERY few Hillary supporters I've seen come in here and post with some common sense. I wish more of her supporters followed your example but they refuse to think ahead more than one day at a time. We keep warning them that if they screw this election by voting for McCain against what Hillary stands for, that the same will happen to her in 2012 by Obama supporters but they don't listen. Thanks for posting objectively.

    August 13, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. George

    Its time for Clinton supporters to get behind the nominee and support the democratic platform. We simply can't afford a third term of Bush's failed policies.

    August 13, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Donnell

    Lisa FL,
    That's non-sense–This is Obama's moment not the Clintons. He doesn't have to take a back seat to them to win. Seems to me the Clintons are more interested in undermining his campaign than they are in Democrats wining the White House. I wish the hold out Hiliary supporters would stop looking for opportunities to further fracture party unity. Time after time he has extended an olive branch to them and time and time they have found a way to create tension. Of course he wants to win– but he doesn’t have to kiss her butt to do it!!

    August 13, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Brett

    Hillary supporter aren't really interested in facts, just baseless attacks arrogance and hypocrisy. How dare another candidate take what was rightfully hers... please. Hillary and the Clintons are NOT the Democratic base.

    August 13, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Tim, You wrote: "Sounds like treason to me. You're either Republican or Democrat." Firstly, there are more Independents than either Reps or dems. Second, we are ALL Americans. If someone decides to vote for the best qualified person for President, even if he isn't from their party, that's what putting country above party is all about. Treason is voting for someone who is unqualified just because they are from your party.

    August 13, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Hilary

    I don't understand why people are interested in Hilary so much... she was in a competition and she lost even after they bent the rules for her

    I've never seen this much talk of the losing competitor in anything ever its called being humble and understanding that well yes you think you should have won but it does not matter what she think it matters what the voters thought, and they thought

    OBAMA 08

    August 13, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. randy

    This guy is systematicaly cleaning out the whole old politicians from jessy jackson to billary and i love it i have to go and register to vote before the month ends plz do the same register to vote in november.

    August 13, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Tam in Colo

    Democrats and Republicans aren't the only ones running you know. Hillary supporters are not going to vote for Obama unless she is the VP pick so instead they are going to vote for McCain. He isn't the only choice left. Why does it have to be either or? Maybe we should all vote independent and get the partisan crap out of the white house!!!!

    Charlie Brown/Lucy '08

    August 13, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. What if?

    Turnabout is Fair Play August 13th, 2008 9:50 am ET...
    run the Country into the ground?.....who really are you talking about? because if I'm not mistaken McCain agreed to 95% of Bush policies and will continue his agenda as a 3rd term, Bush is the LOWEST rating President in history, the economy is destroyed financially and this war has killed thousands. Again, after 7 1/2 years of Bush (including the 26 years of service McBush states he has) and his republican senate buddies, NOTHING anyone could do could so more harm. Most of you have it wrong it's Clinton who you all have made to think she is the chosen ONE, God, the Messiah and God and you can't live without me as the President....She should have appeared on the ad for celebrity instead of Obama. She cried during a primary….Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Be honest, not blind by LIES..........

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Texas Trail Dog!

    Who cares what the DNC does or who speaks. OBAMA is going to to lose. Americans are not stupid enough to put a man with his character in the Oval Office.

    August 13, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. ALLAN USA.

    People, who love Obama, plea tell me one think this full done good. Wake up AMERICA. No HRC- no OBAMA.

    August 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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