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Updated: Warner misses Deeds events due to flu

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) has a case of the seasonal flu, prompting Virginia's junior senator to cancel several planned campaign stops with Democratic gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds.

Warner showed up to Deeds' first campaign event Friday, at Cheeseburger in Paradise in Woodbridge, but he was visibly ill and told Democratic supporters and Deeds staffers that he was sick and would be leaving early.

Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said the former Virginia governor visited a doctor Thursday and got the flu diagnosis, adding that Warner "regretted missing the events but he is contagious."

Hall said Warner's illness is regular seasonal flu, not H1N1, known as swine flu.

One sign-holding supporter at the Woodbridge event was overheard asking whether Warner had a case of the "bad-poll-number virus," referring to Deeds' underdog status in his race with Republican Robert F. McDonnell.

-Derek Kravitz

Updated: We just learned that Warner's illness will keep him from the rest of this weekend's events with Deeds. But Deeds still expects to campaign with Gov. Tim Kaine and U.S. Sen. Jim Webb.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 30, 2009; 3:19 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Derek Kravitz , Election 2009 , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell  
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"Warner showed up to Deeds' first campaign event Friday, at Cheeseburger in Paradise in Woodbridge, but he was visibly ill" Dirty Deeds has had that effect on alot of folks lately..(Memo to Deeds: Karma is a son of a gun. Next time, bag the thesis, and run on issues..)

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 30, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow. When it rains it's pour. I guess Warner didn't want to be seen with a loser either.

Posted by: xfactor211 | October 30, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the insightful and thought(less) remarks pour in from the likes of SMWE357....

I hope your party's confidence in this election comes back to bite you in the ass....because I know there's been a serious uptick in the volunteer energy and prowess on the Democratic side in the last week, and unless your ground game is coming close to matching ours, you may be treading a litle more water than you expected on Election night!

Well, time to go spend my weekend knocking on Democratic doors all weekend in Woodlawn precinct (73% Obama, huge off-year fluctuations in Democratic turnout). Yep, a lot of the new and newly re-engaged voters I'm talking to are going to get out there....hopefully enough of them that we'll keep this a lot closer than you're expecting....

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 30, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and GET WELL SENATOR WARNER!!

We need your vote on the public option soon, so get better and get out there to support real health care reform! THANK YOU!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 30, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Warner looked around the restaurant, saw 6 people, 5 of them for McDonnell, then suddenly fell ill. I'll be darned..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 30, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

DouginMountVernon...you mean ACORN stopped helping children get tax deductions for pedophiles and liberal parents running child porn operations....to sign up disney characters and dead people...pass out cigerettes,sandwiches to the homeless to help Deeds election hopes....how wonderful. I bet you get an extra block of governement cheese for your efforts.

Posted by: JWx2 | October 30, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Senator Mark Warner would bail on the candidate he is supporting, just doesn't know Senator Warner. I hope he takes it easy and feels better soon. Flu is no joke (any kind of flu).

I also hope he didn't accidentally give Deeds, Webb, Kaine, and everyone else a touch of the flu! Not great timing for them to get sick too.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | October 30, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

There is almost no seasonal flu going around at this time. Warner's illness is almost surely swine flu.

Posted by: PaydayLinda | October 30, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I don't understand this early season flu talk. In the first week of October everyone on the train was sick. What is the chance that we would have an early seasonal flu season along with a pandemic flu? Someone is lying to us, for our own good and theirs, but mostly theirs.

America tortured some guys and now someone is getting Medieval on us in return -- with a plague.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 31, 2009 6:11 AM | Report abuse

The odds that Senator Warner has seasonal flu are slim. Seasonal flu is not here yet. Any healthcare professional would tell you that people suffering from flu-like illness right now more than likely have H1N1. Regardless, Senator Warner was irresponsible when he appeared at a public event with flu-like symptoms. That is contrary to the advice of the CDC and all public health officials. He put others at risk. He has no way of knowing if anyone in the audience has an underlying health condition that puts them at higher risk for complications. I'm a democrat, a supporter of Senator Warner, and wish Mr. Deeds well in the election. But, Senator Warner was wrong to show up for ANY campaign appearances while he was sick.

Posted by: YouandTheFlu | October 31, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

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