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General Pace for Senate?

Tim Craig

Virginia Republicans are buzzing over speculation that retired Marine Gen. Peter Pace may be lured into running for the U.S. Senate being vacated by John W. Warner (R).

On Sunday, Pace retired as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. He plans to settle in the Fort Myer area.

The conservative publication National Review ran an editorial Monday urging Pace to enter Virignia Senate race. The editors of National Review said conservatives aren't happy with either Rep. Thomas M. Davis III or former governor James S. Gilmore III, both of whom have been mentioned as possible candidates.
"The articulate and personable four-star would be a novice politician wise in the ways of Washington," the editorial states. "As a veteran of the Pentagon's senior ranks, he would have a commanding advantage over all other candidates on national-security issues. Unlike other senior military leaders, the Catholic General Pace has been outspoken about his conservative beliefs on social issues."

Virginia GOP activists say a draft General Pace website is expected to appear in the coming days. A General Pace for Senate page has also been launched on the social networking site

The effort to lure Pace into the race comes as Republicans are increasingly concerned that neither Davis nor Gilmore could defeat former Gov. Mark R. Warner (D), who announced his candidacy last month.

Pace, who had a four-decade long career as a Marine, could be the Republicans' answer to Virginia Sen. James Webb (D), who is also a Marine.

By Tim Craig  |  October 3, 2007; 4:22 PM ET
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Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Has anybody ever told Craig that he looks like Bobby Southworth?

Posted by: Tom | October 4, 2007 12:17 AM | Report abuse

no he looks like Adrien Fenty actually...

Posted by: washingtonian | October 4, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Bring him on! I suspect Pace would do about as well as Oliver North did.

Posted by: Jayne | October 4, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Jayne - Oliver North did not lose by a large margin, and if our soon-to-be-retired Senator Warner had supported him North would still be there. Good Riddance Senator Warner, HELLO Senator Peter Pace!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

So Gilmore and Davis go quietly, yes I can see that happening, and the right wing nutters get the incompetent, inarticulate, gay hating, politically inexperienced Pace as their candidate against Mark Warner. I really thing these clowns have the death wish. Go right ahead NRO and the other nutters posting here, knock yourself out, draft Pace

Posted by: johnbsmrk | October 4, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Senator Pace will shut up Durbin once and for all. Maybe The idiot from Illinois will stop calling marines and soldiers nazis. Senator Pace -- please run for office.

Posted by: Karen | October 4, 2007 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes, please run. I will send money! Let's rehash the wisdom of the Iraq strategery on his watch! Heckuva job, Petey!

Posted by: Casey | October 4, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

He's a better candidate than Jim Webb was. Unfortunately he won't be as lucky when he picks his opponent, nor will he get the press treatment that Jim got. VA you will soon join Maryland as a blue state with high taxes.

Posted by: Bill | October 4, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

It has been along time since Virginia gave the USA a George Washington, Stonewall Jackson, or Robert E. Lee. General Pace could, and I believe would, fill that void.

Posted by: Rev. Bob Celeste, | October 5, 2007 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope that the Virginia folks are wiser that we Marylanders were in replacing a Senator. We could have had the brilliant Michael Steele, and look what we got! Alas and alack.

Posted by: Rick | October 5, 2007 7:04 AM | Report abuse

I'd be proud to be represented in the U.S. Senate by Gen. Pace. Contrary to the previous poster who claimed that Pace is "inarticulate and incompetent," Gen. Pace has represented himself and the U.S. military with calm distinction and sober honesty. If political inexperience is the benchmark by which we select leaders, then the entire Democratic presidential slate ought to be dismissed as breathtakingly unqualified. We might, in fact, be better served with fewer "political pros/aspirants" and more individuals with meaningful, consequential professional vitae.

Posted by: Dave in VA | October 5, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I hope he runs. I'm an independent but I would vote for him.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 5, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Pace would be perfect. As a four star general he has plenty of experience dealing in the ways of DC. He certainly couldn't do worse than Warner.

Posted by: David L Latham | October 5, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I would support Pace, as I used to live (graduated from College) in Viriginia; He would do well: RUN PACE, RUN!!

He would be the tar out of Rinos, Thomas Davis III, and Jim Gilmore- Pace may be the fresh blood the V.A. GOP needs..

Posted by: Jeremy | October 5, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

It will be nice to have General Pace represent Virginia. I hope this isn't just wishful thinking. It takes a brave man to take on the sexual retard lobby. One doesn't have to believe in Jesus to understand an Anus is not a sex organ.

Posted by: Mael | October 5, 2007 10:40 PM | Report abuse

General Pace, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE run for president!!! SEMPER FI ... !!!

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