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Mark Warner's First Senate Campaign Ad

Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner is out with the first TV ad of his Senate campaign. The ad debuted on Saturday -- the same day that Virginia Republicans nominated another former governor, James Gilmore, in a closely contested nomination fight.

"Budget Mess" is a 60-second message about how Warner addressed Virginia's budget shortfall. It features a bipartisan cast of supporters.

"I'm running for Senate because partisanship won't lower the price of gas, and bickering won't create jobs. I approved this message, because we cleaned up the mess in Virginia, and now it's time to clean up Washington."

Warner is all-but certain to win the Virginia Senate contest. (It ranks as the most-likely race to switch parties on The Fix's Friday Line of Senate races.) The former governor is scheduled this coming week to be a guest on washingtonpost.com's PostTalk video interview series.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  June 1, 2008; 1:45 PM ET
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Mark Warner IS a fiscal conservative who governed Virginia in a bi-partisan way. Gilmore ran the largest ( & I think ONLY) deficit in the history of our Commonwealth.When this Warner is elected in 2008, he will continue the great tradition of Senators from Virginia like his predecessor retiring Senator Warner.I also believe he will help Senator Obama develop a bi-partisan agenda in Washington. 'Bout time.

Posted by: tlrasnic | June 1, 2008 4:00 PM

Does Mark Warner's senate run exclude him from being considered as a VP candidate? This ad just reminds me of his exceptional political skills, and the fact that he can "talk" to blue collar folks without insulting them.

Posted by: pamela4 | June 1, 2008 5:24 PM

As an independent in Virginia, Gov. Mark Warner won me over. He's got my vote and my community's support. His bipartisan approach is neither tainted with passion nor prejudice. His is an amazing blend of innovation and tradition that is the best of what America offers. It is refreshing to see a candidate that transcends political rancor. We're happy to learn it first in the best newspaper in the country - the Washington Post.

Posted by: Joshua Valentino | June 1, 2008 5:31 PM

Great ad. Warner should win. But then again Dems are great at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

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Posted by: Shaun Dakin | June 1, 2008 6:59 PM

I think that Warner will be a fantastic senator for Virginia, and to set the tone for more cooperation and less bickering in the senate in the future. The only downside of him running is it pretty much rules him out for VP.

Posted by: Adam Mueller | June 6, 2008 2:54 PM

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