August 26th, 2008
07:18 PM ET
6 years ago

Warner camp confused by criticism over bi-partisan speech

DENVER (CNN) – A source close to Mark Warner who helped the Senate candidate craft his convention keynote speech said criticism by senior Democrats that his planned remarks were not partisan enough were off-base – because the Virginia Senate candidate's bi-partisan reputation is precisely why he was asked to speak in the first place.

“That is at odds with the notion that he should be the person ripping the bark off McCain,” this source said.

In a Huffington Post op-ed titled "Please, Democrats, Attack" Begala said he recognized that Warner was running this year in a traditionally Republican state, but that "Democrats should not have put Warner in this bind."

In his speech, Warner will include one of the Obama camp’s main themes – that the Illinois senator represents change versus four more years of the same - but the crux of his speech will be talking about working together with Republicans and the lessons and success he had doing that in Virginia.

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  1. Travis

    I have a question.....WHY IS CNN EVEN AT THE CONVENTION?

    All you hear is Blitzer with his big mouth flapping and just wanting to

    hear himself talk....Between him and Brown they should have sat in

    the studio and talked to each other.

    CNN is so much of itself...all the speeches were not even heard

    because these 2 big mouths wouldn't shut up....Time to move to a

    network that doesn't have Blitzer on...what a loser

    August 26, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. nate

    John McCain = George W. Bush

    Bush led us to recession.
    McCain will finish the job and bring us to the brink of depression.

    If we allow McCain to win the presidency, we deserve whatever maniacal decisions he makes and all of the consequences which follow.

    August 26, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Ron DC

    how do you get your comment placed? I've tried several articles on CNN and can't get heard.

    How do you filter the comments?

    Not fair CNN

    Is it my zip code?
    20003

    It's right behind the US Capitol. Is that it????

    August 26, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. Kim

    Why is it that CNN is giving more voice to republicans during the week of the democratic convention. If CNN does not offer the same time to the democrats next week during the republican convention it will prove that it is no longer the station to depend on for fair and objective reporting. John McCain's camp recognizes that they inspite of the polls are figthing an uphill battle and they are utilizing negative tactics to distract from the fact that his platform stands for 4 more years of George Bush. The sad part about it is that the American people are the ones that will suffer.

    August 26, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. Marc PDX

    Didn't the Obama campaign plan any of this out? Maybe a bit too much judgement is in play while the convention is going on?

    August 26, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. Marc PDX

    I hope this is NOT an indication of how things will be if Obama is elected president. One hand doesn't know what the other is doing (jimmy carter) and one bad decision is counter-balanced by another. Seems like a lot of knee-jerk reactions are happening right there at the convention. This should have been carefully planned in advance. But it appears that it is just one big chaotic mess. Maybe Barack should focus less on getting himself into a huge stadium and a little more on the game plan. He's confusing his own supporters for crying out loud. No wonder the Clintons are beside themselves.

    August 26, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. johnnytarmac

    I think Warner's on the right track. Obama doesn't really have anything to worry about in winning this election, so he doesn't need Warner to rip the bark off Mccain. What should be the focus is how we'll work together with any reasonable Republicans left in this country over the next eight years. The more the merrier!

    August 26, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. Oldschool23

    How could anyone who was for Hilary vote for
    A lying Adulterer Like McCain. What will he do with Cindy in a few years
    win money can't keep her young.?

    For the past weeks, presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain and Democratic front-runner (and now presumptive nominee) Barack Obama have engaged in a war of words over their respective positions on Iran. In a June 2 speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, McCain upped the ante, criticizing Obama's failure to support an amendment that called for designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, a charge that McCain repeats on his Web site. It's true that Obama opposed the amendment in question. But McCain is wrong to suggest that Obama's opposition had anything to do with the IRGC's designation. And McCain fails to mention that Obama cosponsored an earlier bill that would have named the IRGC a terrorist organization.

    August 26, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. PUMA-Jessie

    So much for hope and change. They are now under the bus and it appears that Democracy is getting its chance under that bus. No roll call vote, but the votes to be counted at the hotel meeting rooms and given to Peolsi who will make a motion to approve. This 50 year Democrat will become a Independent. The DNC is strangling desent and Democracy. We are starting to act like a third world nation. God help us!

    August 26, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Doesn't like Kool-aid

    Barak Obama=Karl Marx

    Food stamps for everyone
    TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX
    Why try and get a good paying job when I will have to pay more money that I have earned from hard work back to Obama's government?
    Barak Obama=Big Government
    Barak Obama=Complacency
    Barak Obama=2nd place (at best)
    Barak Obama=distribution of wealth (huh? I work hard for my money)
    Barak Obama= Weak Military
    Barak Obama=Empty suit

    August 26, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. Ex-Republican for Obama

    McCain does not have the experience needed to run this country. His track record indicates a life long streak of failures. He has not done a single good for the common man, woman or child during his entire existance. Even his 5.5 year stint as a POW was the result of being a failure, a bad pilot, it was one out of 5 planes he wrecked during his career...it wasn't a surprise to see him go down on that bombing night, never making it to the civilian population his mission was destined to attack.

    I will take a shorter record of successes, and nothing BUT success, then a really long record of nothing but failures. I will vote Obama for the good of our country. Competence is important.

    August 26, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. Shannon

    It's because the party of hope and change doesn't do bi-partisan, they only do hate. Hope and change is just a catchy phrase, it really means nothing, they seem so hate filled and angry, and they certainly aren't interested in uniting the country.

    August 26, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Jayne Oregon

    Watching the convention on C-Span without constant cutaways and
    occasionally returning to CNN makes the whole experience informative, to say the least. Make up your own mind about what you are hearing!!!

    August 26, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    Warner is your typical Dem wimp. While the repugs rip Obama's face off this guy wants to reach across the aisle and shake hands with these neocons!
    Save the reaching across the aisle when it comes time to get things done after the election but remember – First you gotta get Obama elected and you gotta bust McCain in the chops big time to do it...

    August 26, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. Steve, FL

    I like how the article is quick to say "senior Democrats" when it's just noted tool Paul Begala. That's almost as bad as giving legitimacy to James Carville...

    August 26, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. Belle2

    Mark Warner would make a better President than Obama ever will. He really believes in unity; it is not just a mantra to get elected for him. Obama inspires hatred and animosity. Oh yeah, he wants someone else to do his dirty work while the messiah basks in the sun.

    August 26, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. INDEPENDANT VET

    BIGGEST CHANGE , THEY SHOULD COME UP WITH , IS SOME ONE THAT DOES NOT FLIP FLOP .

    WE ALL AGREE THEY NEED TO CHANGE . NOT JUST CHANGING THE HOLLYWOOD REHERSAL AERENA . NEXT THEY WOULD WANT TO CHANGE THE CLIMATE THERE .

    YES THEY ARE WARNING YOU, WHEN THEY GET IN . ALL YOU WILL HAVE IS POCKET CHANGE . AN ON THE FOOD STAMPS, AN WELFARE CHECKS , YOU WILL SEE THE FLIP FLOPPERS .

    HOPE THIS NITE IS NOT SO BUBBLIE , FROM SNEARS TO TEARS , BETTER YET FROM FLOPPS TO A REHERSAL OF THE FLIPS.

    AN WE ALL HAVE KNOW FOR SOME TIME HE IS THE SWEETHEART OF THE MEDIA. . NO FLIP FLOPPS FOR 08 . LETS MOVE HOLLYWOOD BACK TO THE COAST . SO THE BRAIN BANGERS CAN CLEAN UP , AN WILL NOT POLUTE THE SKI RESORTS .

    I REPEAT, READ THE BOOK ( THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA ) I AM SURE YOU WOULD ENJOY IT.

    August 26, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. axt113

    Obama picked Warner, so he knows that Warner is going for bipartisanship, its other Dems like Begala and Carville who don't like that theme, of course most of the posters here don't like to read first

    August 26, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Warner will not fit the plans of the democrats for the House and Senate by being Bipartisan. They want enough senators and representatives to be partisan and to override any obstacles to put forth their Liberal Agenda to create a European Sociaist/Welfare State that they control so they can push their world socialism program on the American Taxpayer.

    August 26, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Black male supporting Hillary

    My fellow black brothers and sisters are blinded by color and the excitement of the second coming of Martin Luther King. But Barack Obama is just not ready to lead this country -not yet. it is a huge mistake I fear that we Democrats have chosen the wrong candidate, and that John McCain will be elected President, and I do trust Mr McCain and do not believe all the hype that my party is sending out.

    Senator Obama – you are a gifted man, and perhaps in 4-8 years you will be ready to lead us, but not now. I just hope that if you lose this premature effort on your part, you do not jeopardize your future standing within the Democratic Party. I do understand and believe that is you lose to McCain, that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee in 2012.

    August 26, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. aware

    Way to go Warner! :)

    The spotlight will be on Hillary tonight! But, it is not her job to unify the party!

    That is up to Obama! He could have unified the party but he chose not to. He has very poor judgment!

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

    Also, It is not Hillary's job to be the attack dog either! That is up to Biden. He accepted the official position of attack dog!

    Today, Obama is 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 26, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. CNN

    Best Political Team On TV my behind. What are you Cnn people yapping about all the time you are talking nonsense and are trying to push the divide in the Democratic Party. Shame on you! Stop talking about Clinton this Clinton that so that you will try to divide the dems.

    Senator Clinton put her support behind senator Obama a long time ago. Please be a news channel not a BSing, yapping all the time channel. You know what, after this convention, Cnn will loose a lot of viewers to M S N B C because you guys don’t know what the heck you are talking about.

    Wolf, SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. Jan Illinois

    Why should this man or any man or woman be forced to get up in front of the world and say things that they do not believe to unite a party. This is what is happening to the Clintons. The don't believe that BO is the best choice for their party, but must convince us to vote for him. WHY? Bo choose NOT to unite the party, he left her off the ticket. The Clintons are going to be blamed for the win or loss of democrats. What a ignorant way to run this election.

    August 26, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. RJ, CA

    I wonder why Michelle Obama finds it so necessary to straighten her hair as radically as she does - it was so OBVIOUS how it just "bounced" all over the place - it's so "white." Why doesn't she go "au-naturel" if she is "proud" of her heritage. Something just doesn't seem quite "right" about her. I would be who I am with my hair - if I wanted to convince people about my authenticity. I think “little things” like that tell a BIG story. But that's just my opinion - and I'm sure I'll be castigated as a "racist."

    August 26, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. Tina

    The Obumbler's supporters are whining.

    August 26, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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