Warner Will Campaign With Obama in Bristol
Democratic Senate Candidate Mark R. Warner has reshuffled his schedule so that he can appear with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) tomorrow at a town-hall meeting in Bristol in Southwest Virginia.
Warner, who has stayed neutral in the presidential race, will not attend the Obama rally at Nissan Pavilion in Prince William due to a prior engagement tomorrow evening. But Warner's appearance with Obama in Bristol will be a symbolic pairing of the two men who will lead the Democratic ticket in the Virginia this year.
Some Democrats believe Warner, a former Virginia governor who has been mentioned as a possible vice-presidential candidate, can help Obama carry the state this year.
Warner has built a national reputation within the Democratic Party of being able to reach out rural voters. Warner remains popular in Southwest Virginia, where he kicked off his Senate campaign last month.
Obama has had trouble nationwide appealing to white voters who live in the Appalachian Mountain region. In the Feb. 12 Democratic primary, Obama failed to get 15 percent of the vote in several counties in Southwest Virginia.
By appearing with Obama, Warner is also sending a signal he does not plan to try distance himself from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. GOP Senate Candidate James S. Gilmore III, also a former governor, is trying to link Warner to Obama, who Gilmore says is too liberal for Virginia.
Gilmore will appear with former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney tomorrow in Arlington.
June 4, 2008; 1:15 PM ET
Categories: Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Tim Craig
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