Democrats Gather at State Convention
3 p.m.: Former governor Mark R. Warner told the crowd at the Democratic convention that he would not run for vice president alongside Barack Obama if the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee asked.
"I have not sought and I will not accept any other opportunity," Warner told an enthusiastic group wearing blue Warner for Senate stickers.
In recent weeks, Warner, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and Sen. James Webb have been mentioned as potential running mates for Obama. But Warner said today he wanted to make it clear that he is focused on beating his Republican senate rival, former governor James S. Gilmore III, in November.
"Today's the day I want to make it clear what I am focused on,'' he said. "The only job I am running for this year is United States Senate."
2 p.m.: Gov. Timothy M. Kaine took the stage to talk about Virginia's recent Democratic wins and the possibility of his friend, Sen. Barack Obama, winning the state in the presidential race in 2008.
"Who wants to have a good 2008?" Kaine said. "He can do this.He can do it!"
Kaine took a few minutes to compliment Sen. Hillary Clinton as he tried to unite his fractured party. "There's a lot of love in this room for Hillary Clinton,'' he said.
Kaine was one of the first statewide officials outside of Obama's state of Illinois to endorse Obama and serves as a national co-chairman of his campaign.
12 p.m.: Sen. James Webb fired up the crowd this morning at the Democratic convention in Hampton asking thousands of activists to support Mark R. Warner for U.S. Senate and Sen. Barack Obama for president this fall.
"People really want to see the right kind of new direction,'' he said.
Webb, who came out to the stage while Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" blared in the background, spoke about getting people involved in the Democratic party.
"We're not backing down,'' he said. "We're not going away."
About 2,500 activists from around the state came to Saturday morning. Even though many seats were empty, party officials report that some people standing in line at 7:30 a.m. before the Hampton Roads Convention Center even opened.
Outside the cavernous room, hawkers set up tables to sell Obama T-shirts, hats and buttons that said "I was anti-Bush before it was cool."
June 14, 2008; 11:47 AM ET
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