Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Warner to Give Keynote At National Convention

There has been a significant amount of attention given to the fact that Gov. Tim Kaine is potentially on Sen. Barack Obama's shortlist for VP. While those rumors still persist, it appears as though another Democrat from Virginia has stepped up into the limelight. According the Washington Post, former governor and current candidate for US Senate, Mark Warner, will be giving a keynote address on the second evening of the Democratic National Convention.
"Like Barack Obama, Mark Warner is not afraid to challenge the status quo to bring people together and get things moving,'' Obama campaign manager David Plouffe wrote in a statement early this morning. "It's that kind of spirit and innovation that resulted in his selection as keynote speaker on a night when we will be discussing how to renew America's promise."

The Aug. 26 convention program will feature speakers who share "Obama's concerns and support his detailed economic plan to grow the economy, create jobs, restore fairness, and expand opportunity," according to the Obama campaign.

"As Governor of Virginia, Warner used his experience in business to help deliver jobs and hope to the citizens of Virginia," Plouffe said. "His work creating jobs in Southwest and Southside Virginia is a model for the rest of the country."
As you might recall, it was giving this speech four years ago that resulted in Obama receiving a significant amount of national attention. Some people have even credited the speech with providing Obama the name recognition that's needed to even consider a presidential bid. With Warner having already flirted with the idea of a national campaign, it could be very interesting to see how this speech affects his national reputation.

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