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Warner Strikes Back at Gilmore

Tim Craig

Democratic Senate Candidate Mark R. Warner has responded to the ad that his GOP opponent, former governor James S. Gilmore III, is airing in television markets downstate.

In Warner's ad, a narrator says even "leading Republicans are calling Gilmore's attacks on Mark Warner preposterous, ridiculous," referring to comments made by former delegate Vincent F. Callahan (R-Fairfax) and former Senate President John H. Chichester Jr. (R-Northumberland). The ad then features footage of Chichester praising Warner for working with Republicans to balance the budget when he was governor from 2002 to 2006.

Insiders in Richmond know it's an exaggeration for Warner's campaign to refer to Chichester, and to a lesser extent Callahan, as a "leading" Republican. Chichester and Callahan, both moderate Republicans, are now disconnected from the GOP power structure.

But the average voter wouldn't know that, so the ad is effective in getting out Warner's bipartisan message.

Even so, Gilmore's ad made refences to some of the policies he would pursue in the Senate if he is elected. Warner's ad focuses solely on both candidates' record as governor, which could feed into Gilmore's argument that Warner is not being candid about his views on federal issues.

By Tim Craig  |  September 9, 2008; 2:41 PM ET
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Need to correct the typo of "argument" in the last sentence.

Posted by: Matt C | September 9, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

POLITICS if you want to play the game you have to know how to get around the rules. . they are part of the game and you are supposed to do that.

that's how it looks to me a democrat. However I think the rules get bent a little more by the other party as in WEAR RED that day to show support for the republican party.

Posted by: winsum | September 9, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

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