Sen. Warner says no to bid for Virginia governor
November 20th, 2012
03:46 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Warner says no to bid for Virginia governor

Washington (CNN) - Mark Warner is sticking with Congress.

The first term Democratic Senator from Virginia announced Tuesday that he won't make a bid next year for his old job as the state's governor.

"I loved being Governor, but I have a different job now - and it's here, in the United States Senate," Warner said in a statement, citing a commitment he made to go to Washington and "be a problem solver."

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Warner, who was elected Virginia governor in 2001 before winning election to the U.S. Senate in 2008 (by state law, Virginia governors cannot run for consecutive terms), said earlier this month that he would announce by Thanksgiving if he'd stay in the Senate or make a run for his old job.

"I hope my value add in Congress is to continue working hard every day to not simply blame the other side, but to actually try to find common ground so we can get stuff done," he said. "At times, it's been frustrating. But I believe this work is important for Virginia, and for our country, and I intend to see it through."

If Warner had decided to make a bid for Virginia governor, a recent poll suggested it could have been his for the taking. A Quinnipiac University released survey two weeks ago indicated Warner would have been the favorite candidate as the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial campaign gets underway.

With Warner not running, Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and former top adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton, is the only Democrat in the gubernatorial race. McAuliffe announced earlier this month that he'll make a second bid for Virginia governor. McAuliffe came in second to state Sen. Creigh Deeds in a three-candidate battle for the 2009 Democratic nomination. Deeds ended up losing by a landslide in the general election to then-Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell.

The battle for the GOP nomination could get very interesting, with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a conservative tea party favorite, squaring off against two-term Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who is more moderate than his rival.

Bolling has Gov. McDonnell's endorsement. But the nomination will be decided next year at a state party convention, often dominated by more conservative activists, which favors Cuccinelli, rather than a primary, which could favor Bolling.

Virginia and New Jersey are the only two states to hold gubernatorial contests in the year after a presidential election


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    >Warner said in a statement, citing a commitment he made to go to Washington and "be a problem solver."

    so just how does he do this when his leader harry reid refuses to vote on bils in te senate???? sounds like he just loves do nothing and taking a lot of vacations, like obama.

    November 20, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Fritz

    Why stay in the senate? The only thing that is going to happen is more filibustering. Face it people our government is broken and totally out of touch with the Americqn people. Do you want to bet that the senate Republicans let us go over the cliff.

    November 20, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    just sayin wrote:

    so just how does he do this when his leader harry reid refuses to vote on bils in te senate???? sounds like he just loves do nothing and taking a lot of vacations, like obama
    ---------------------------–
    What bills? Every bill brought before the Senate are voted on. Every other bill coming out fo the Tea Party run House has been a waste of taxpayer dollars to address. "In God We Trust", for example, which would be a direct violation of the first amendment. The House sent how many bills to the Senate to repeal the ACA, despite Sen. Reid telling them BEFORE they voted that those bills would never see the floor of the Senate.

    November 20, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Tommy G

    >Fritz
    >Do you want to bet that the senate Republicans let us go over the cliff.

    I beleive the House has already passed the extension of the Obama tax cuts. All it takes is a vote by the Democrat controlled Senate and Obama signature. Republicans have done their part.

    November 20, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Srisha

    Tommy G,

    The Senate has passed a bill too, increasing the taxes on the top 1% and retaining the current tax rates for all others. When do you think the House will vote on this bill?

    November 20, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I have no doubt in my mind that Sen. Warner will seek the Presidential nomination in 2016. But i have a feeling he'll come up short. However, he'll end up on the ticket.

    CLINTON/WARNER 2016

    November 20, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. California Gary

    Warner is a class act and still has a future that may include bigger and better things.......wouldn't make sense to go back to a governorship. Been there, done that.

    @Tommy G......what the Republicans did was pass the cuts, including those for the wealthiest among us. That was what they considered to be "their part"......but Obama got re-elected on the premise that the wealthiest among us will need to pay a little more.......the Republicans will have to revisit "their part" and rethink their approach on this issue.

    November 20, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. just askin

    did warner work on writing and passing a budget the last 3 years? no he did not. the country has major fiscal problems and no budget. senate democrats simply are not doing their job. no votes, no budget, nothing getting done because harry reid blocks everything. 2 years and counting, the do-nothing democrat senate.

    November 20, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -just askin

    did warner work on writing and passing a budget the last 3 years? no he did not. the country has major fiscal problems and no budget. senate democrats simply are not doing their job. no votes, no budget, nothing getting done because harry reid blocks everything. 2 years and counting, the do-nothing democrat senate.
    ******************************
    Did the House give the Senate any reason to work with them? Nope, not at all. Too busy passing bills dealing with abortion to tackle anything that deals with our economy. But, that's your GOP for you, all talk and no substance.

    November 20, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Tommy G

    >Srisha
    >The Senate has passed a bill too, increasing the taxes on the top 1% and retaining the current tax rates for all others. >When do you think the House will vote on this bill?

    No tax increases in a weak economy. It wouldn't be prudent as the Dear Leader Obama has stated repeatedly and the economy is weaker now than when he stated that. But don't worry your little head much because all the Obamacare taxes, all 20 of them, will be taking affect so people will have less of their hard earned money. That should make the Democrats feel good. More money to give to others.

    BTW, the 1% are already paying more and will pay more if nothing is done because the tax rates expire. So if Obama is more interested in punishing and attacking a small segment that already pays most of the bills, than he is in keeping taxes low for all, then he can follow his hate filled leftist ideology to the detriment of the country and the economy.

    November 20, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Sam, Virginia

    Mr. Warner is a man that actually gets things done. Its not "just a saying" with him. He did more as governor of Virginia than any other governor in my lifetime. People from outside my state can say what they wish but, he'll have that senate for as long as he wants the job.

    November 20, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. just askin

    >The Real Tom Paine
    >Did the House give the Senate any reason to work with them?

    it is their job to work with them. get it?! that is what they were elected to do! nobody is saying they had to vote a certain way but vote! don't just stop everything because one person doesn't like it. harry reid has shut down democracy in america with his disgraceful behavior. thanks stupid people in nevada. sent a complete idiot to the senate and he's killing the country.

    November 20, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. who cares, stop throwing malarkey like it is fact and not feces

    >Sniffit
    >What CNN sweeps carefully under the rug: Dems running for the House received far FAR more of the popular vote >than GOPers running for the House. it's all in the gerrymander...which is fine, because that's how the game is played, >but failing to recognzie and admit that and instead trying desperately to help the GOP claim that there is no "mandate" >for the Dems to govern is patently disingenuous. CNN desperately needs the gridlock, however, because it's far easier >to sensationalize and sell that kind of controversy.

    poor poor sniffit.... refuses to accept reality and democrat defeat in the house and our entire form of government. all of these made up excuses and false comparisons. i guess lefties only know how to take total control and jam things down our throats without any form of compromise, like obamacare. americans may have re-elected obama but they also re-elected republicans because they do not trust obama and the democrats in full control of the government, especially after what they saw with obamacare. you only have yourself to blame.

    November 20, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. JohnPeel

    >Tommy G

    Tommy, you have done your homework( watching Fox news + Listening to R Limbough, Hannity + other crazies). Very rich coming from a party that lost the last Presidential Election. So basically you are saying we elect a Democrat President and ask him to run a right wing agenda since by the GOP's assessment the President has no mandate even after winning both the Popular and Electoral vote(by a large margin). G W Bush rigged the election in 2000 losing the popular vote yet he had a mandate.... Very rich.... very rich indeed.

    November 20, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |