(CNN) – Take a larger than life governor who may have designs on the White House and a battleground state crucial in presidential politics, and guess what: 2013 might not be as quiet a political year as you thought.
New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states to hold gubernatorial contests in the year after a presidential election, and in both states, the campaign clocks are already ticking.
(CNN) - Two Virginia political heavyweights on Sunday said the presidential race in the Old Dominion, a crucial battleground state, would come down to a nail-biter.
Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat, and former Rep. Tom Davis, a Republican, each argued on CNN's "State of the Union" that his party's candidate would carry the state - but they agreed the final results will be close.
Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia on Sunday classified Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's views on bipartisanship as "wacky."
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" beside Republican Sen. Dick Lugar, who lost his party's primary to Mourdock in May, Warner warned of the GOP candidate's ideas.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Mark Warner offered an alternative solution to the deficit negotiations Sunday if the so-called “super committee” fails to reach an agreement before the impending deadline.
The Virginia Democrat, who served as a member of the so-called “Gang of Six” senators that attempted to reach a comprehensive deficit deal earlier this year, said he hopes the “super committee” succeeds.
(CNN) – Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner engaged in a political back-and-forth Sunday that revealed fractures between both parties—and the House and Senate.
Though Warner admitted the threat of another government shutdown as a result of a budget showdown is “embarrassing,” he also told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the conservative tea party movement was causing yet another stalemate.
Washington (CNN)– Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner may not be on the bipartisan Congressional super committee, but he's pushing it to "go big," and hosting a dinner Wednesday evening for political heavyweights at his home outside Washington to talk about how both sides can come together to solve the nation's debt crisis.
Warner is well aware of the obstacles that face the twelve House and Senate members on the Super Committee. He's a former member of the "Gang of Six" in the Senate that developed its own deficit reduction plan this summer that failed to gain traction. Two members of the "super committee" are expected to be in attendance at the dinner, according to sources familiar with the event.
Washington (CNN) -– Three senators from across the spectrum of ideological positions said Saturday that a bipartisan debt ceiling deal was necessary in order to prevent economic crisis.
Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat; Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican; and Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican associated with the tea party, all said they were willing to work with members of the opposite party to strike a deal. Yet all three offered different specifics when it came to plans.
Washington (CNN) – Days before the president unveils a plan to tackle the national deficit, a senatorial odd couple said their bipartisan proposal could present the best chance for managing the nation's money problems.
Republican Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia said the pitch from their so-called Gang of Six bipartisan group would come soon, and warned their colleagues and constituents to expect proposed changes to two hotly contested issues - taxes and entitlement programs.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. John Cornyn said he will not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless it’s accompanied by systematic reforms to address long-term spending and the national debt.
“That's the price that's going to have to be paid, systemic reforms, in order to get Republican support for raising the debt ceiling, otherwise I think you are going to see Democrats having to do that all by themselves,” Cornyn said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
(CNN) - When Congress returns for its lame duck session this week, its members will have to decide which issues to tackle first, and according to one Republican, that will not include a discussion of the "don't ask, don't tell" military policy.
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn said the priorities should be passing a continuing resolution so the government will continue to run through January and addressing the tax cut extensions.