August 13th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
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Mark Warner to deliver Democratic convention keynote

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Warner (here campaigning with Obama in Virginia) is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Virginia Governor and Senate candidate Mark Warner will deliver the keynote address at this month’s 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign announced Wednesday that Warner will deliver the speech on the convention’s second night, Tuesday August 26 - that’s also the night that Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) will also speak in prime time. Clinton came very close to winning the Democratic presidential nomination, dropping her bid for the White House and backing Obama just two months ago, after the end of the primary season.

But Warner gets the coveted role of keynote speaker. Four years ago a little-known state lawmaker from Illinois who was running for the Senate had the same role. His speech at the convention in Boston was highly praised by Democrats. That man, Obama, went on to win his election and now the Democrat’s presumptive presidential nominee.

Warner won election as Virginia’s governor in 2001, the first in a string of statewide election victories by Democrats this decade in a state that was once dominated by Republicans. Warner is now facing off with the man he succeeded in Richmond, Republican Jim Gilmore, in the battle to succeed retiring Senator John Warner (no relation to Mark Warner), a Republican who has held the seat for three decades.

Democrats say the theme of the second night of the convention will be “Renewing America’s Promise.”

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  1. RJ in NJ

    who cares.
    so many dem windbags to choose from.
    there'll be enough hot air at that convention to heat Denver for a year.

    August 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Jack Colson

    Obama selects someone special you can plan on something coming out in the future as to "the person they are NOT":
    Jeremiah Wright
    EDWARD Ayers

    His judgement is not the best because he needs another ten years of experience, and perhaps other reasons come into play that only time will tell us "why" and 0 "who" Mr. Obama is.
    Jack Colson
    Portland OR

    August 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Beth from Virginia

    Every time I read this blog I am apalled at how many narrow-minded tunnel-visioned supporters that Hillary still has. This article was about Mark Warner being the key-note speaker. Hillary has a prominent role. Hillary has asked her supporters to back Obama. Obama is helping Hillary pay off her debt? What are YOU doing to help her pay off her debt? Can't you see this is about the success of the Democratic party here? WAKE UP, PEOPLE!!

    August 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. BHO: Ignorance is bliss

    Warner 2012!

    August 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Andy

    Good selection. He should give Hillary a run for her money in 2012.

    August 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. ANGIE

    Hey Hillary supporters for mccain, I can not belive for the life of me you would vote for a man that laughed when someone called hillary the B word, Vote for a man that joked about her daughter being ugly and mocked hillarys healthcare, Calling it hillarycare!! and pretty much said her plan was stupid!!! unbeliveable Obama didnt do or say any nasty things about her the only thing he is guilty of is winning fair and square, seems some of you dont have RESPECT FOR HER OR HER DAUGHTER VOTING FOR MCCAIN SAD SAD NOT TRUE SUPPORTERS IN MY OPINION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Janet JOhnson

    Yes, we will vote for McCain (we might hold our nose but it's the best choice) and most tof the wo million Realtors will do the same....and women over 45 yrs of age as well.
    Was for Hillary and she did win the popular vote.
    Janet J
    New York

    August 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Lost in CNN Moderation

    How is it that the Hillary addicts make EVERY blog all about Hillary.

    I doubt many even bother to read the article. They need their own treatment facility.

    August 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Raymond Duke-

    What the hell are you talking about? You sound like an uneducated racist to me.

    August 13, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. JB

    Obama ... landslide 2008.

    August 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. APS in Hawaii

    Obama supporters you are the most arrogant and conceded supporters I have ever seen. You do not get it and this is why the party has not healed. You can say all of the no to Hillary and Obama in '08 you want, but until you show some civility, you are going to lose in '08 because you have alienated the Hillary voters. Just because I can't stand Obama does not make me a bad Democrat or a racist!!! Your candidate won because of the super delegates and because of Howard Dean's stupid handling of Michigan and Florida.

    As for me, I am a life long Democrat who is disgusted with the way the news media and the DNC covered this primary. SNL's skit resonates with so many people because of the bias and slanted coverage and it is still happening to this day. As for who I will vote for, I have considered voting for Obama, but the voters with their in your face attitude have me thinking seriously voting for McCain to send a message that I am a person and not a bot. I vote for the person and what they stand for, and right now I am not happy with what has happened to the Democratic Party or the Obama supporters. So a clear message for Obama supporters, yes, you can celebrate, but do NOT rub your opponents nose in it or you will really lose in '08!!!!

    August 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Sharon

    Pleas help me I'm confused. Hillary supporter said they will not vote for Obama instead they will for Mc Cain. My understanding is that Hillary and Obama basically agree on the same issue. If Hillary supporters vote for Mc Cain then they are going against Hillary Issues.
    It doesn't make since. They are trying to come together for the America Dream. But some people are against that. Why??????? Do these people rather spend another 4 years in poverty. Only serious people please respone. Thank you

    August 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. James Johannsen

    Let me see who are Obama's choice friends?
    Ayers (convicted criminal)
    J Wright (anti american)
    Edwards (dirty as any man could be cheating on a woman w/cancer)
    Rezko (convicted criminal)

    What will come out on Warner?
    James J
    Milwaukee Wi

    August 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Gloria

    Who is yammering on about state workers not being paid, come to California, K? Our governor is suing our State controller over wage issues......
    That happens all the time. There are always issues with wages once a year it seems. State can't pay because there isn't a budget etc..

    Was waiting for and then... there was a body.
    ugh@ wages
    Spread the word-
    President Obama....

    August 13, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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