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Democrats Gather at State Convention

Anita Kumar

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."

By Anita Kumar  |  June 14, 2008; 11:47 AM ET
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Philipe Calderon of Mehico, Council LaRaza and Mexicans Without Borders stormed the convention today as well, in support of Mark Warner and to show their committment to fraudulently register illegal alien voters for the coming election. "Si cue, puedo", they shouted as they waived the Mexican flag.

In response, Warner vowed to raise taxes and spend more tax dollars to continue the conversion of a once English speaking Virginia to a new third world Mexico where all nativists will be mandated to learn Spanish or go home to Africa, Asia and Europe.

"Change is good", he chanted. "The nativisits might not like that change but the new arrivals will".

Posted by: Thom Jefferson | June 14, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Immigrants are everywhere! They cause all problems!

Posted by: Observing the paranoid | June 14, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Immigrants are everywhere! My God, even my own great-grandparents were immigrants...back in the day when "Irish Need Not Apply." And 'round we go.

Posted by: Irish for O'Bama | June 14, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow, thanks Thom Jefferson for the randomly offensive post.

You know, immigration works both ways - some of us US voters live overseas and we're a little tired of immigrant bashing against foreigners back home.

Posted by: Karin | June 14, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Observing the paranoid: Don't you know by now that our entire country was founded by IMMIGRANTS? They came here from England to get away from unfair taxes ordered by the King unfairly. Or didn't you go to school? All our people came from somewhere since the only "original people" here were the American Indians who were quickly slaughtered! Latinos for Obama! Irish and German for Obama! American Indians for Obama! Asians for Obama! Chinese for Obama! Japanese for Obama! God knows NO ONE with a brain supports McBushCain!

Posted by: Disparaged | June 14, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Good for you, Karin. I'm an American immigrant living in Australia. People repeatedly say to me, "We voted the right wingers out of office here. Surely, the Americans have more sense than to give Bush a third term."

Posted by: manleymax | June 14, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Good luck with all the foreign endorsements. I hope they do Obama as much good as they did John Kerry in '04.

Posted by: BullElephant | June 16, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

so time was moving backwards? That's very fitting for the party that feels most at home in the 60's

Posted by: Carol | June 16, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

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