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Republicans, Mark Warner Trade Jabs

Tim Craig

The National Republican Senatorial Committee came after Democratic Senate candidate Mark Warner today on the issue of illegal immigration.

In a release titled "Marky Mark Flips on Immigration," the NRSC accused Warner of changing his position on the issue. The NRSC referenced comments Warner, who was governor between 2002 and 2006, made to a Virginia television station yesterday. Warner was quoted as saying he supports sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants.

NRSC Communications Director Rebecca Fisher said Warner's get-touch approach contrasts with his record as governor because he vetoed a bill to deny in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

"It's ironic that now that Mark Warner wants to be a U.S. Senator, he's on the campaign trail trying to score a political victory on immigration that stands in stark contrast to his record on the issue," Fisher said. "Mark Warner is running from his record as Governor of Virginia and he is going to have to answer uncomfortable questions."

Kevin Hall, a Warner spokesman, didn't hold back in responding.

"I wonder if the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee has heard of a Republican (presidential) candidate named Mike Huckabee," said Hall, referring to the Huckabee's support as Arkansas governor for giving children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition. "They might look at his position on being fair to the children of immigrants before they launch a mean spirited attack representing the worst of Washington style politics."

The general election will be held in 296 days.

By Tim Craig  |  January 11, 2008; 3:04 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Tim Craig  
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