Warner, Gilmore Prepare for First Senate Debate
In 2005, Richmond lobbyist David Hallock spent weeks pretending to be Jerry W. Kilgore, the Republican nominee for governor, as a way to help Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) prepare for the first gubernatorial debate.
This year, Hallock is back to help his old boss, former Gov. Mark R. Warner.
Hallock, who had been one of Warner's top lawyers, is playing Republican nominee James S. Gilmore III as Warner prepares for his first debate in this year's U.S. Senate debate.
The candidates are spending hours in behind-the-scenes mock debates, using stand-ins for their opponents in the Nov. 4 election.
Ana Gamonal, a Gilmore spokeswoman, refused to disclose who is playing Warner. But she jokingly said that the campaign was trying to book actor Jim Carrey, the star of the 1997 movie Liar Liar. Yesterday, Gilmore's camapign called Warner a liar for claiming in his most recent ad that he supports more domestic oil production.
Kevin Hall, a Warner spokesman, declined to comment.
The first Senate debate, sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association, will take place Saturday at the Homestead resort in the western part of the state. The association has a decades-long tradition of hosting an early debate in statewide political contests at its annual summer meeting.
Gilmore and Warner, both former governors, are running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican John W. Warner.
July 16, 2008; 1:31 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Debates , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner
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