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Warner Touts Obama

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Mark Warner sent out an email to supporters today asking them to join him with Barack Obama at the Obama rallies in Richmond and Leesburg tomorrow. While Warner has not distanced himself from Obama, he certainly has been running his own campaign, based on his own merits.

That could be that up until, maybe a month ago, Warner was much more popular in Virginia than Obama. While Warner has maintained healthy leads in just about every poll taken, it wasn’t until recently that Obama began to take a lead over Sen. John McCain.

While Warner is a loyal democrat (he did give the keynote address at the DNC), he has always presented an image of bi-partisan populism. That presentation has provided him incredible results in the more conservative leaning parts of the state. Warner has always polled extremely well with voters who identify themselves as conservative or republican.

Contrast that with the role current Gov. Tim Kaine has played. Kaine endorsed Obama almost immediately after he announced that he was running. He serves as his national co-chair and of course was considered right up until the bitter end as a potential candidate for Vice-President. While Kaine has become the chief Obama cheerleader in Virginia, Warner did not officially endorse Obama until after Hillary Clinton decided to bow out.

I am by no means suggesting that Gov. Warner is not 100% behind Sen. Obama. My goal is to illustrate the levels at which that support is displayed. Warner has worked very hard to identify his campaign as his campaign alone. It seems that he did not want to run the risk of people linking him directly to Obama in the event that the tide of the presidential campaign in the Old Dominion turned dramatically against the Illinois Senator. That seems impossible now, but think back to the summer when Sen. Obama was trailing in Virginia in almost every poll.

It appears that now, Warner feels the association and only help him.


Written by Ryan Nobles

October 21, 2008 at 8:32 pm

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  1. Our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is also would be better at leading our nation in the future after a McCain Presidency than Senator Barak Obama would be in leading our nation in the future starting in January 2009 because of three areas which are as follows: ideology , experience, and accomplisments. Ideologically she is a conservative. Experientially she has two years of executive administrative governing experience . When it comes to accomplishments she accomplished 3 major things which are as follows: government reform, the state budget and the economy, and wise use of natural resources. She reformed government by standing up to the big oil companies by breaking up the monopoly on power and resources. She insisted on competition and basic fairness which ended the control that the oil companies had on the state, and thereby returning control of the state back to the people. She lead well in the state budget by generating a surplus which came about by vetoing a half billion dollars of wasteful spending. Economically under her leadership she brought about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. She also suspended the state fuel tax, and when oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, she sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged – directly to the people of Alaska . On natural resources she has shown great leadership by beginning a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence, so please vote John McCain for President and give to our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin the opportunity that she deserves leading the nation into the future after a John McCain presidency.

    Thank You,

    John Warren

    John Warren

    October 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm

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