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Mark Not John

Former Gov. Mark R. Warner ended what little suspense was left yesterday by announcing he's in the U.S. Senate race. Now the attention turns on the Republicans to see what they're going to do. We want to know what you think about the 2008 Senate race. Click on comments. Here are a few reactions.

Reaction to Democratic former Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner's decision to run for a U.S. Senate seat next year:

"... Mark Warner decided today to take on a campaign he's never run before -- a campaign focused on his record. The first question he'll have to answer is a $1.38 billion question: why did Mark Warner break his number one campaign promise to the people of Virginia?"
--From a National Republican Senatorial Committee news release Thursday morning, noting a tax increase Warner pushed through a Republican-dominated legislature in 2004.

"Mark's experience, record of bipartisan accomplishment, and results-oriented focus will make a real difference in Washington at a time when our country needs it most."
--Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, a Democrat and Warner's successor.

"I have come to know Mark in the last six months and have seen he is an outstanding American leader who will run a great campaign and be a tremendous asset to his state and his country. We're excited about his campaign and even more excited about him joining us in the Senate."
--Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
--By the Associated Press

By Steve Fehr  |  September 14, 2007; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Mark Warner  
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This race will be interesting for the GOP if Warner's going up against Gilmore. Attacking Warner's tax record won't work when he can simply state the truth, that he had no choice but to raise taxes to get Virginia out of the financial ruin Gilmore put us in. I think Warner's 70+% popularity in the state speaks volumes.

Posted by: cm | September 14, 2007 8:36 AM | Report abuse

If all the Republicans can do is harp on the tax increase enacted while Warner was governor (with a Republican-controlled State legislature) then they're goners. Democrats no doubt will be licking their chops if Jim Gilmore is the Republican nominee. BTW, how much is YOUR car tax this year, 9 years after Gilmore ran on abolishing it?

Posted by: John | September 14, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

This is a race that Mark Warner can win regardless of what the Republicans nominate. He is popular, and very tele-genic. However, he must not allow himself to taken over by the D.N.C. and the Clintons ,if does, it could be macca-man all over again. Look what the R.N.C. did for Kilgore and Allen.

Posted by: Peter Roach | September 14, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse

The budget problems were caused by the recession and the counties should have been prohibited from raising their PPT rates. They're just refusing to try to live within their means.

Posted by: Stick | September 14, 2007 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Mark Warner will be a strong candidate. Warner actually had a excellent record on supporting gun rights while governor - better then Gilmore in many ways. I think he could beat Tom Davis in a cakewalk. However Gov. Kaine could foul things up for Warner if he decides to support gun control bills in the state legislature this coming session as he seems wont to do. Kaine's hand picked Va Tech Panel covered up for the Va Tech administrations repeated foul ups and called for more gun control. If Kaine uses his pulpit to push for gun control bills it will be easy for Gilmore to link Warner to Kaine and the national anti-gun Dem party line.

Posted by: Gun Rights Guy | September 14, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

That's not fouling up, hee haw ... that's called smart thinking.

Oh, and BANG, you manly man...

Posted by: TG | September 14, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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