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Warner Will Campaign With Obama in Bristol

Tim Craig

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.

By Tim Craig  |  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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Will Jim Webb ever be willing to be seen in public with Obama? Is it that hard to share a stage with a more successful black man?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I Am from Bristol Va. a Vietnam combat vet US Navy and I will vote for Obama. Even though I could not get tickets, they were free, I would have gladly paid for one. Vets have been treated with disrespect by the Bush Admin. How could they veto a GI type education bill. I used the former bill and have paid back to our goverment ten fold in taxes made a good life for myself and my family. I had three brothers one a copter medic in Vietnam the other two served in Germany all of us will vote for Obama. How can they stand in front of a ranked group of GI's spew their spin on one hand and with the other slash and burn hard earned rights. Yes Web should be seen with Obama the more the better there are a lot of us VA. vets that are tired of the way we have been treated.

Posted by: warren yarber | June 4, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

warren yarber clearly is either another phoney soldier or has some shrapnel in his skull to have so thoroughly swallowed Barackletsinvadepakistan's empty rhetoric. Go finish spewing your brains out you sick freak.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

warren, you might want to try actually reading a news story instead of the misleading headlines. But that would probably be as hard for you as appropriate capitalization.

Posted by: Dave | June 4, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

If "warren" wasn't a phony soldier, he'd know the difference between updating the GI bill and encouraging soldiers to quit during wartime. But he doesn't, because he's a Democrap party shill.

Posted by: Jack | June 4, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that Webb being a racist pig would stop him from accepting power from the Barack.

Posted by: Carey | June 4, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

It's a tough call. Webb had a tough campaign, he had to decide whether to support a woman or a black man. He must have been sleepless, the poor perverted bigot.

Posted by: NVA | June 4, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Both Webb and Warner are gonna endorse Obama tomorrow. Thats because they all want to give veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan the same benefits as those who fought in WWII. McSame doesn't want to do that. Neither does his best friend Bush. He thinks its too generous and will spoil the vets. Does anybody out there really want four more years of this republican nonsense?

Posted by: McStatusQuo | June 5, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

Thank you McStatusQuo for helping us to continue our campaign of lies about the GI Bill.

New talking points will be issued shortly.

Posted by: Media Editors | June 5, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Forget about dividing the minds up with the words "liberal against conservative." The true liberal and the true conservative are two sides of the same coin. We want sanity and humanity restored to the real American way of life.

Obama all the way.

Born, raised and living in the Appalachian mountains of southwest VA.

Posted by: nancy | June 6, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

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