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Bob Marshall Considers U.S. Senate Bid

Tim Craig

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) said today he is considering entering the race for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate.

In an interview, Marshall said several party activists are urging him to challenge former governor James S. Gilmore III ( R), who announced his candidacy Monday.

Marshall, known for his conservative views on social issues, called a potential Senate bid an "interesting possibility." He added "certain things have to fall in place" before he makes a final decision but said he is "certainly looking at" the race.

"I can replicate the Reagan Revolution," said Marshall, who led the fight against the recently approved transportation bill and was a leader in winning passage of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions. "I have not voted for taxes. I am consistent on the right to life. I have done things to help senior citizens. I am not tied to developers. I get a 100 percent rating from environment groups. How many Republicans can do that and are conservative?"

Marshall, who was reelected this year with 58 percent of the vote, noted Gilmore has said he would not outlaw abortion during the first trimester. Marshall also took a swipe at Del. Christopher B. Saxman (R-Staunton), who is also considering entering the race. Marshall said Saxman "strays from the conservative line."

GOP sources say Marshall is looking for a political strategist with experience running a statewide campaign. Marshall declined to comment, saying "I can't talk about that."

But Marshall, a former Democrat who home-schooled his five children, argues he could solidify the GOP base and reach out to independents in a general election.

"The advantage I have is I think like a Democrat but act like a Republican," Marshall said.

By Tim Craig  |  November 21, 2007; 12:33 PM ET
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Please run, Bob. Please let the whole state and the nation see just what a right-wing extremist you are. Please run so we can all hear how stem cells will cause livers to grow out of the sides of our heads. Please run so the Virginia Republican Party can continue to define itself as the part of division. But most importantly, please run so we can watch Mark Warner absolutely clobber you in a general election.

Posted by: PW | November 23, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I was considering voting for mark warner, but if Bob runs i'll definitely support him instead, though i don't agree with all of his positions, he has shown through his excellent constituent services that he would truly be a representative of the people

Posted by: PWCresident | November 24, 2007 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I would vote for a ham sandwich if it ran as a democrat

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

GOP, not a popular term right now. You might want to mislead the public, and then after your elected, do whatever you want....The lessons for these tactics can be found at the George Bush school of POLITIKS. :)
visit the above site to see un-altered video of george bush flipping the bird

Posted by: Dan | December 3, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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