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. Sick & Tired of Nobama

    Of course, anyone who says anything bad or won't vote for the Messiah is a racist. Kind of like calling the kettle black isn't it?

    News for you, Nobama has set race relations back 50 years in this country. You have him to thank for that. Him and his wife are race baiters and so are all his so called friends and mentors.
    Who is ignorant now?

    August 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. kdawg


    August 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. bibek

    This is awesome... I am so excited.. can't wait.

    Although i 'was' a big Hillary supporter... I am glad Hillary is not delivering the keynote speech. She had her days... it's other peoples' turn now.

    🙂 😀 😉

    August 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. William, from Cali!

    When will this " democRATic soap opera" be over, and the "Real President" take office, for real? I've had enough of the "dress rehearsals".........

    August 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. randy

    Some neo conns are not even intrested in john macain.the all focus what will happen in denver the want to see bad thing happen the just dont barack obama because he is coloured this what you can never anybody say but deep down in there heart that is what it is.well the rushes the hanities,the fox noise should start crying cause it gonna hurt in november.

    August 13, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Mike

    This means you can count Tim Kaine out of the veepstakes. This is their play for Virginia.

    August 13, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. DJ in TX

    Please can someone tell me, how the media "selected" Senator Obama? Do people forget that he also had 18 MILLION votes?

    Did the media "force" the superdelegates to choose Obama?

    No. They made their choice on their own using their own judgement. Can someone tell me why so many former Clinton administration people decided to choose Obama instead of Clinton? Were they forced, did someone have a gun to their head?

    The answer is flat out NO. I'm sick and tired of people calling me (and I take it personally) somehow delluded, misguided, or drinking Kool-aid, etc just because I support Senator Obama. Yes, I'm African American and that has nothing to do with it. If Gen Colin Powell ran as a Republican, even though I highly respect the man (and I'm a veteran), he would NOT have my vote because he's a Republican. Secretary Rice would NOT have my vote if she ran as a Republican.

    I initially was going to support Senator Clinton until I did much research. She (and her husband) do not have a rosy past. She ran a bad campaign (as noted by Mark Penn). There are many scandals that you should research and outside of her being 1st lady, I don't see all this so called experience. Can anyone name a piece of legislation that she sponsored that made a veteran, the Bosnia thing really turned me off. You don't forget being shot at, EVER. There's no way to "mispeak" that.

    All that being said, she is a respected US Senator, and should have a say at the convention which she does.

    BTW – Good for Mark Warner.

    August 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Chris

    Good for you Obama...You can not run your campaign and look over your shoulder to make sure Hillary is o.k. You have got this far by making your own decisions and I hope you continue to use your own judgement. Hillary supporters will show there bitterness if they decide to vote for McCain. That is just ludacris!

    August 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    To all you die-hard Hillary supporters who are so proud of your loyalty
    (stupidity?) THINK SUPREME COURT!!!

    Moderation: Here I come.

    August 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. God Bless America

    PRESIDENT BARAK OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA "08" AND "12"

    August 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Karen-phoenix

    Good Move Obama! He is another excellent man like Obama who really cares for our country and is capable of working 24/7 to get us out of this mess the republicans have gotten us into. McCain can not even put in a full week of work and I do believe he is getting a bit senile!!! Go Obama

    August 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Gloria

    Turnabout is Fair Play August 13th, 2008 9:50 am ET

    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.
    .................................................................. like......
    whoa! ........ we need to all seriously pray for this person.
    scared of you.
    ...................................................CNN ,
    your site here and all it's volumes of information helped me on my Political Science report. My Professor gave me an A....
    You all know Obama is predicted to win the presidency, right?
    He does not take non-party , PAC donations-interest groups-(in the interest I give you a donation will you get me a seat in Congress .......nudge nudge... ) no donations over 200 $
    which other candidate did that..? ...................There isn't another
    candidate.. they all take big donations millions ... ha
    President Obama sounds kinda nice.

    August 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Eph

    Mark Warner is probably the person who could have actually won the Democrats the Presidency. (Sorry guys Obama will get Bradley effected and Hillary is too divisive). I am pleased that he is taking Senator Warner's seat. I have friends who are ardent Republicans who are going to vote for him, because he was that good as governor of the Commonwealth. Everyone should tune in, he is going to be great, and I think actually reflect this "unity" that the DNC is looking for, and he can really speak to working to bridge the cleavages in this political climate (he worked with a Republican legislature in Richmond to actually raise taxes to fix a deficit left by his predecessor, and spent more on education than any other Governor of the Commonwealth before him.)

    August 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Eddie B.

    What a speaker line-up for Barack Obama?! This is going to make Cheney and Bush look ridiculous for McCain. The Democrats are poised with the best talent to win this election. There is no excuse and Obama is one of the best strategists I have ever seen. He is truly surrounding himself with the "elite" political leaders of this country from both parties.

    August 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Barack O'blah-blah'c circus Convention

    I hope Denver gets torrid downpours and thunder storms on the convention night. Mr Rock start is an indit who speaks well - but has no substance and no experience. America is sinking to deeper depths if they elect O'Blah-blah, and the divisions in this country will run even deeper. This is not about race as Obama would have you believe, it is about electing someone with the right experience and qualifications -and Obama does not come close. He is nothing more than a figment of the media who are supporting and financing his campaign behind the scenes and then trying to dupe the public into believing they are fair and balanced in their reporting - DUH

    August 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Peter

    Hillay should have her speech, but it shouldnt be the only thing that night, let this guy speak so in 8 years he can run for president

    August 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. RJ, CA

    Even non-PUMAs won't "get over it"! Obama is not fit to lead. McCain is. End of story - nothing to "get over" - just reality.

    August 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    Well ! It's good hillary is part of the convention but that's it. Paul Steinhauser you should have left this part out,"Clinton came very close to winning the Democratic presidential nomination, dropping her bid for the White House"It's over, she lost ,move on. Outstanding choice Former Virginia Governor and Senate candidate Mark Warner will deliver the keynote address at this month’s 2008 Democratic National Convention. Go OBAMA

    August 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Kim

    It always amazes me how the Obama supporters spew all this foolishness about getting over it and falling in line for Obama and Blaming Clinton supporters for the rift in the party. Take a look in the mirror, your candidate and you as his followers are vicious race bating hateful people, just sit back for once and take a good look at the blogs and see what type of people you really are, and to question us about our decision to vote for McCain and how much damage it is going to do. You all need to start taking responsibility for your actions, you should have thought about that when you went out and voted for a man that you knew nothing about and that is obviously not ready to be President. As a so called democrat(new Democrat) did you truly do your research and compare the people that were running or did you just drink the kool-aid blindly, did you not realize that your decision on voting for who would be the nominee was a very important one, because we needed someone that would truly go up against the Republican Party nominee and not back down, did you not think about the consiquences of your vote? well I did I factored in everything before making my decision because I knew that if the wrong person was nominated it would jeopardize us getting to the White House, so start taking responsibility for your own actions if McCain gets in , don't blame the Democratic base of the party who understood the process and voted with everything in mind, if you do the research you would realize that the Democratic base is eroded, they have lost almost 10% of their base to Independents, that says a lot. So since you so called new democrats want change, deal with the change from Bush to McCain, that's change that you will end up having to believe in. We don't have to vote for McCain we can simply stay home and do nothing, like Obama did when his Media Staff(MSNBC, CNN, ABC,etc) was bashing Hillary Clinton and Labeling her and Bill Racist.

    August 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. DAN

    Puma is growing and growing wow it is really growing

    August 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. virginian

    Under Mark Warner Virginia state employees had to go without pay raises, schools had to rely solely on local money for teachers, sheriffs did not receive state funds to hire deputies, and some important agency operational budgets were cut. Those people who make out like he did so much for Virginia economically, managerially, administratively, or financially as Governor of Virginia must be blind or must not live in Virginia. Warner has a deep debt to settle with Karma.......

    August 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. NSmith, New York, NY

    Virginia for Dems 2008!

    August 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. Tim E

    "Renewing America's Promises," enough already. Time for fulfilling some of those promises. Like the one to get us out of Iraq. Like the one to restore our economy. Like the one to expose war profiteers. Like the one to solve the energy crisis, the medicare crisis, the social security crisis, the trade crisis, the education crisis, the Constitutional crisis, the transportation crisis, and countless other IOUs these politicians have yet to redeem. In another world they'd be called deadbeats. Here they are just the usual suspects.

    August 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. D. King

    So poor Hill is overshadowed on her speech night. Good. She and the rest of her loyal nutjobs including the Bill Goat can go away and quit their backstabbing campaign. She'll never be president and old Bill will have to chase skirts outside the whitehouse.

    August 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Cathy

    Thank you Puck...well said (except the last paragraph was not necessary).

    I'm so frustrated at the supposed Clinton supporters. If people really supported Clinton for her positions on important issues...they could never vote for McCain. McCain is the complete opposite of Clinton and Obama.

    It's just so unfortunate that some of the Clinton supporters are so disappointed in the results that they are being irrational in their voting. I can only hope for the sake of this country that the Clinton supporters will see the error in their rationalization before it's to late.

    August 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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