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. FROMHILLARYTOMCCAIN.COM

    I will never vote for someone who would not choose Hillary as VP when she was chosen PRESIDENT by the voters...

    The DNC elite chose Obama...the voters chose Hillary.

    Hillary, or McCain '08...FOR DEMOCRACY!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  2. mrsb

    No way, no how, no McCain! Tennessee went to Hillary – let's get behind Obama and pay back the debt as we failed to deliver for our native son Gore in 2000 !. And Virginia, our neighbor, Warner was great – Obama needs Virginia to be behind him.

    August 26, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  3. FROMHILLARYTOMCCAIN.COM

    Obama not picking Hillary will be the reason he will lose. He chose Biden...who never won a state primary in running for President...35 years in the Senate and no achievements...

    Hillary 2012!!! Obama will lose and will be the next Edwards/Kerry!!! An afterthought.

    The Dems lose again.

    A Dem Shame!!!

    Hillary, or McCain 08!

    August 26, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  4. Harut

    Warner 2016? (Obama will be President, and said that he would run for 2nd term). I don't know about that...

    August 26, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  5. Edgar - Orlando

    no – HIllary stole the show and she is our true nominee!!

    August 26, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. Edgar - Orlando

    To Sandy – get used to the PUMA movement thanks to disrespect by you and the rest of Obama supporters. However, Hillary took care of business and slowed the PUMA movement.

    August 26, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. OBA-DEN 08

    Warner gave a great speech, from the parts I caught on c-span, I've got to watch the whole thing online, Making the Band 4 was on! lol, that's bad.

    August 26, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  8. Pound Gap VA native

    Mark Warner is a republicans nightmare.

    He would not only win Virginia in a presidential election, but West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas. He is a Southern Governor who will be president someday soon. Southern Governor who is president......sound familiar

    August 26, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I bet Elmer Fudd I mean John McCain's blood pressure went so high after hearing Hillary tonight until he's on bed rest. But wait, the best is yet to come. Let McCain keep running them "silly" little ads that he's using as a front instead of doing some serious homework like trying to memorize what he needs to talk about or has he forgotten already.

    August 27, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  10. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Warner is too moderate and pro-gun for the liberal left to ever look @ for President.

    August 27, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    Thank you Hillary. You did what you NEEDED to do to regain my respect.

    August 27, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  12. Lune

    All I heard is Hillary campaigning for herself. No talk about Obama value, toughness, nothing. If Obama lost you can bet the other 18,000,000 cracks who vote for him in the primary will not say anything but will not vote for her.

    August 27, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  13. WonderWhy

    Please don't compare Warner's speech to the one Obama gave in 04 as the "next democrat".

    Warner was OK, not the breath-taking, spell-binding, soaring speech Obama gave 4 years ago.

    August 27, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  14. Soldier for OBAMA

    REPUBLICAN FOR O'BIDEN

    "NO WAY! NO HOW!! NO MCSAME, N SANE MCCAIN!!!"

    August 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  15. tammy for VA

    Warner is good. Clinton is great! I want to see her in office. She has convinced me not to vote for McCain. Obama will need to convince me to vote for him. The ball is in your court Obama...though I am from VA...pretend I am from the show me state.

    August 27, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  16. PdotM

    Roy, The fact that policies worked in the past doesn't mean they are meant for the present or the future. We are no longer in the industrial age. The industrial age was extremely inefficient with resources, but it did bring innovation. The new policies, which I think Obama is understanding, is that innovation should become more efficient. So conserve resources at no cost to innovation, probably even a boon to it.

    August 27, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  17. aware

    And the dumb democrats moved this gut out of prime time?

    Hillary is the best and the woman who should be president!

    But, it is not Hillary's job to unify the party!

    That is Obama's job! He could have unified the party but he chose not to. He has very poor judgment! :(

    And, Barack chose Biden's to be the attack dog/VP not Hillary!

    Unfortunately, Obama's arrogance and belief in his own infallibility have undermined his party and his future! Barack, the user, will lose!

    Today, he was out on the stump obfuscating, prevaricating and bluffing! He doesn't get it, and he doesn't have a clue! :)

    The democrats blew it big time this election! :(

    This former democrat will vote for McCain 08! :) Country comes before party and John McCain is a moderate in touch with mainstream America! :)

    August 27, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  18. Angel

    Former VA Gov. Mark who?

    August 27, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  19. aware

    Hillary is the best and the woman who should be president! :)

    But, it is not Hillary's job to unify the party!

    That is Obama's job! He could have unified the party but he chose not to. He has very poor judgment! :(

    And, Barack chose Biden's to be the attack dog/VP not Hillary!

    Unfortunately, Obama's arrogance and belief in his own infallibility have undermined his party and his future! Barack, the user, will lose!

    Today, he was out on the stump obfuscating, prevaricating and bluffing! He doesn't get it, and he doesn't have a clue!

    The democrats blew it big time this election!

    This former democrat will vote for McCain 08! Country comes before party and John McCain is a moderate in touch with mainstream America! :)

    August 27, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  20. Niko_in_Oakland

    To all those who say that Mark Warner's speech was great–did you actually watch it? It was BORING. As a native Virginian, I was quite disappointed.

    August 27, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  21. DrNorm

    "Monica August 26th, 2008 10:45 pm ET

    So the "next Democrat" is going to bore us to death…"

    Goodling or Crowley? I can't decide.

    August 27, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  22. Alex Who?

    Republican strategist Alex somebody criticizes successful Democratic governor because.......well, something about being successful that bugs Republicans.

    Notice how many SUCCESSFUL DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS spoke tonight. Imagine that kind of leadership in the White House.

    August 27, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  23. mdrift

    Save the "Next Democrat" CNN for your own delusions.

    Clinton isn't going to step aside, again.

    August 27, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  24. mdrift

    LeftNut : you're delusional. This speech sent the Obama Ship off to sea to steer it's own course. When they sink no one will blame the cast off.

    August 27, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  25. Joseph, Los Angeles

    I love his approach to future technology. A man of the future.
    2016 for sure!

    August 27, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
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