August 26th, 2008
10:37 PM ET
6 years ago

Castellanos: Warner the 'next Democrat'

Former VA Governor Mark Warner gave the keynote address at the DNC in Denver.
Former VA Governor Mark Warner gave the keynote address at the DNC in Denver.

A powerful speech from Mark Warner, who is going to come out of this convention as the "next Democrat," much like Barack Obama himself emerged from the Democratic convention four years ago.

The election Obama can win is not one about who has the experience to lead the world in the most dangerous moment in history - That's the election we Republicans would like.

Watch: Waner says this is 'the most important contest' of our generation

The election Obama can win is a race between the past and future, and Warner framed that election better than anyone else this year except perhaps Barack Obama himself.

The structure of the old world we knew is gone. No longer is America the unchallenged economic leader of the world. No longer is our security challenged by only one formidable Soviet adversary. Warner told America tonight that we face a new generation of challenges, implying we need a new generation of leaders to meet them.

What he didn't tell us is that behind the new rhetoric, there are still the same old industrial age policies: Warner closed his budget gap in Virginia by persuading liberal republicans to join him in raising taxes. Today Obama promises just the same.

soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Regular Joe

    So Castellanos, you don't want taxes raised, what do you want McCain to cut to balance the budget? Or do you just want to keep borrowing and say "What me worry?"

    August 26, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. Tom in Delaware

    Hey, this guy's good, too bad you couldn't put him up against McCain, he'd give him a run for his (allright...your's, mine, Cindy's, etc.) money.

    Hillary forgot to take back the part about Barack not being fit to lead in her speech tonight,,,that's a big OOPS. The rest of her speech is very lackluster so far.

    Hers is an impossible task because it's so difficult to meet the tremendous expectations that are placed by so many different people on her and her supporters.

    Day 1 of the DNC saw McCain break into the lead in the Gallup Poll.
    Day 2 will see that lead widen based on what I've seen tonight.

    Bad days ahead for the Democratic Party.

    August 26, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. 4 more months too much

    Hillary asked those that supported her to vote for something bigger then just her or themselves. To vote for what she stood for and continues to stand for, not just an image of her in office. To bring this country back to it's glory with president Obama and the Democratic family, which obviously includes a big role for her.

    Can her supporters be strong enough to do that? I respect her for all she's done and what she's said tonight. I only hope those people, that truly are democrats, can be strong enough for all of us, the way she has been.

    August 26, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Roy

    I don't understand the knock against "old industrial age policies." The FACT is that Warner and the Virginia legislature turned a deficit into a surplus and have transformed Virginia into both a prosperous state and high-tech haven. If old policies work, then that's great. One has to be a narrow-minded ideologue to criticize such broad success just because it happened to come from policies on the other side of the aisle.

    August 26, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. dustin

    warner sucked. you consistently have no idea what you are talking about.

    August 26, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  6. Robert

    I guess CNN censors don't want to post anything that points out the hypocrisy of Obama's message.

    August 26, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Ian MacIsaac

    After 8 years of Obama/Biden, Warner 2016. You heard it here first.

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. Ohio.

    DEMOCRATS IN 08!

    August 26, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  9. nett

    I am so very proud of Hillary. We love you Hillary. There is still time for you to be the one. I have great respect for Hillary.

    August 26, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  10. Ann

    BORING!!! And on a shallow note....what fake teeth you have....

    August 26, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  11. Julian Tynes

    I thought Deval Patrick's speech was better than Warner's. Patrick spoke about the future but he also spoke about ways to achieve that future. (Early childhood education, better healthcare system, alternative energy development, etc.) In addition Patrick spelled out some of the issues created by the Republican policies such as the soaring federal deficit, the lack of educational funding to achieve the goals of NCLB, the lack of healthcare coverage among so many Americans, and the lack of a commitment to the environment and alternative energy development. Warner spoke about his success in Virginia but he did not tie in the current economic malaise to the current administration nor did he define the fundamental differences the two parties have in their approach to the issues facing our Nation.

    August 26, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  12. Eric

    Warner gave a HORRIBLE speech and no where near what Obama did in 2000. Hillary has given the best speech of the convention so far and if Obama goes on to lose she HAS to be considered whole heartedly in 2012. Sorry to say but I don't think Biden's speech will even be as good.

    August 26, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  13. Danny in Chicago

    I thought the man from Montana was VERY GOOD, much better than this man and the crowd was very much into it.

    August 26, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  14. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE AGENTS FROM HELL

    I am sorry but his speech sucked it was so very dry and boring!

    August 26, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  15. FrankSmith

    I would like to hear any "intelligent" democrat say,

    "I worked hard for Hillary, and thank her for her effort, but my loyalty lies with the Democratic party."

    Wait, and please wait!

    Is the Democratic party about the Clintons (i.e., Hillary) or the Democratic Party?

    Why did the Clintons not dominate the Gore and Kerry nomination processes? Gore was Bill's VP for 8 years…

    America has, and continues to take advantage of the Black Man!! Americans may be blind to this fact, but the WORLD that is watching America is NOT blind! A Black Man fought hard and won, plain and simple!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. Andy in DR from CA & NY

    McCain – Not a Maverick = a Sidekick! tooo, tooo good. Look folks, prudent stewardship of government is about getting the budget you need and managing the resources the best you can. Republicans have failed in almost 20 of the last 30 years, yet you still here them calling us tax and spend liberals. well, thank you, governor, I'll take prudent and fair fiscal management over rhetoric anyday...

    August 26, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  17. John Smith

    I would like to hear any "intelligent" democrat say,

    "I worked hard for Hillary, and thank her for her effort, but my loyalty lies with the Democratic party."

    Wait, and please wait!

    Is the Democratic party about the Clintons (i.e., Hillary) or the Democratic Party?

    Why did the Clintons not dominate the Gore and Kerry nomination processes? Gore was Bill's VP for 8 years…

    America has, and continues to take advantage of the Black Man!! Americans may be blind to this fact, but the WORLD that is watching America is NOT blind! A Black Man fought hard and won, plain and simple!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  18. ginger

    4 more months to go, I stand with you.

    No way, No How, No McCain.

    If you really love this country you will stand the DEMS and not vote McCain.

    Hillary was in this for all of us not just herself.

    August 26, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  19. Frank

    Powerful??? God, he was mediocure at best. Don't trump up these politicians to make them seem better than everyone else. They are not!!

    August 26, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  20. Unsatisfied PUMA

    No, let Obama be the "next Democrat", so we can have Hillary NOW !!!!!

    PUMAs Unite – Vote McCAIN in 2008 – So we can vote HILLARY in 2012 !!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  21. california voter

    why do you close the comments on hillary's speech after 27 comments and leave this open beyond 29? there cannot be enough good things said about hillary's great appearance tonight. cnn you are the worst.

    August 26, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  22. Raphael

    you are past and present of the GOP you !

    August 26, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  23. jeanette

    We are the UNITED Democrats of America!

    Lets go kick some Republican Arse!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  24. Obama For President/Biden For Vice President

    WARNER WILL BE THE NEXT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT

    August 26, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  25. ch

    Hillary is the most presidential – MUCH more so than Obama or McCain.

    Democrats made the WRONG choice.

    August 26, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
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