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By: Ryan Nobles – bio | email

Senator Mark Warner does not want to be the next White House Chief of Staff.

“Not only No, but heck NO!” said Warner when asked Thursday on NBC12 First at 4, if he was interested in the job.

Virginia’s junior Senator is only in the second year of his six-year term and told me that he plans to finish out his term. “I’ve been hired by the people of Virginia to do my part in the Senate,”  he said.

But while Warner was quick to say that he has no plans to work in the White House, he added that he thinks there should be more people like him in President Barack Obama‘s inner circle.  In other words, people with real-world business experience, not just academic experience.

“Sometimes the Obama Administration and the business  community talk past each other,” he said. “I think it is a valid critique that there is not anybody senior in the Administration that has actually met a payroll (and) run a business.”

Warner said that input from a real-world private sector perspective could be what the President needs to jump-start job growth.  While he was clear in his criticism of the White House, he wouldn’t go as far as to specifically indict Rahm Emanuel, the current Chief of Staff rumored to be considering a run for Mayor of Chicago.

“I’ve known Rahm for 30 years, he’s a talented guy, I think he is a voice for more moderation in than the public would think, inside the White House.”

You can read a complete transcript of my conversation with Senator Warner on NBC12.com.

The full interview can be seen below:

Written by Ryan Nobles

September 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm

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