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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:02 AM
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No '08 White House run for ex-Va. leader
By BOB LEWIS, Associated Press Writer
10 minutes ago

RICHMOND, Va. - Democrat Mark R. Warner, the former governor of Virginia, has decided not to run for president in 2008, Democratic officials said Thursday.

Warner scheduled a late morning news conference in Richmond to make the announcement, according to two Democratic officials who refused to be identified because they did not want to upstage Warner's announcement.

Since Warner left the governor's office in January, he has busily toured key states in the Democratic nomination process, particularly New Hampshire and Iowa. His political action committee, Alexandria-based Forward Together, has raised money for Warner's exploratory effort and for other Democratic candidates in this year's midterm elections.

The reason for Warner's announcement was not immediately known.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061012/ap_on_el_pr/warner_...

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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:07 AM
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1. What???
THis is big news. WOnder what the real story is?
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:12 AM
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3. He's supposed
to hold a news conference later on today.
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BootinUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:10 AM
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2. fascinating....
I thought he was in it for sure.
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skipos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:46 AM
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4. That is a real drag. We need more non-senators from flippable red states
in the mix.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:04 AM
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5. Mark Warner officially announces he's not running in 2008 through email.
I received this from Warner this morning.


Nine months ago, I left the office of Governor in Virginia. I was immensely proud of what we had accomplished. We faced historic challenges and got real results.

Upon leaving office, I committed all my time and energy to Forward Together because we need a new direction in America.

Everywhere Ive traveled, I found hope that we could turn this country around. That Americans are looking for leaders who at this moment of enormous challenge for our country can actually bring us together and get things done.

Ive heard that regardless of the depth of dismay at the direction President Bush has taken our country, rank and file Democrats are energized, and want ours to be a party of hope, not of anger.

I am especially proud of the work weve done in supporting those kinds of candidates throughout America.

We got a lot done.

Forward Together has contributed more money this year to Democratic candidates and party organizations than any other federal leadership PAC. Our effort raised over $9 million.

I headlined 86 events in 25 states to help raise or directly donate $7.3 million to Democrats this cycle.

And our work is not doneespecially at home in Virginia, where I continue to work to help Jim Webb win.

But this has also been another kind of journeyone that would lead to a decision as to whether I would seek the Democratic nomination for President.

Late last year, I said to Lisa and my girls, Lets go down this path and make a decision around Election Day.

But there were hiring decisions and people whove put their lives on hold waiting to join this effort.

So about a month ago, I told my family and people who know me best that I would make a final decision after Columbus Day weekend, which I was spending with my family. After 67 trips to 28 states and five foreign countries, I have made that decision.

I have decided not to run for President.

This past weekend, my family and I went to Connecticut to celebrate my Dads 81st birthday, and then we took my oldest daughter Madison to start looking at colleges.

I know these moments are never going to come again. This weekend made clear what Id been thinking about for many weeksthat while politically this appears to be the right time for me to take the plungeat this point, I want to have a real life.

And while the chance may never come again, I shouldnt move forward unless Im willing to put everything else in my life on the back burner.

This has been a difficult decision, but for me, its the right decision.

Its not a decision I have easily reached. I made it after a lot of discussion with my family and a few close friends, and ultimately a lot of reflection, prayer, and soul-searching.

Let me also tell you what were not the reasons for my decision.

This is not a choice that was made based on whether I would win or lose. I can say with complete conviction that15 months out from the first nomination contestsI feel we would have had as good a shot to be successful as any potential candidate in the field.

As for my family, Lisa and our three girls have always had a healthy amount of skepticism, but would have been willing to buckle down and support the effort. I love them all and appreciate their faith in me.

So whats next?

First, I know that many friends, staff and supporters who have been so generous with time, ideas, energy, and financial support will be disappointed.

My decision does not in any way diminish my desire to be active in getting our country fixed. It doesnt mean that I wont run for public office again.

I want to serve, whether in elective office or in some other way. Im still excited about the possibilities for the future.

In the short-term, I am going to do everything I can do make sure Democrats win in 2006. Its an exciting year to be a Democrat. I leave shortly to go to Iowa to support folks running for state and congressional office. Hope they are still excited to see me.

I want to thank the thousands of Americans who have donated to Forward Together, hosted me in their homes, shared their ideas, and given me encouragement.

I also want to thank all of the staff and key advisors at Forward Together who have created a great organization. If we had chosen to go forward, I know they had the skills, talent, and dedication to take us all the way.

And finally, as I have traveled the country, I have been amazed at what pent-up positive energy for change exists.

In my speeches, I always acknowledge that what disappoints me most about this administration in Washington is that with all the challenges we face . . . and the tragedies we have experienced, from 9-11 to Katrina . . . that the President has never rallied the American people to come together, to step up, to ask Americans to be part of the solution.

I think a number of our partys potential candidates understand that. I think, in fact, we have a strong field. A field of good people. I think theyre all hearing what I heard: that Americans are ready to do their part to get our country fixed. I wish them all well.

And I want to say thanks to all whove been part of this effort.




Mark Warner
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mikelgb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:04 AM
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6. I would also like to officially announce that I am not running either.
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Brazenly Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:04 AM
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9. I am almost ready to throw my hat into the ring.
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 10:42 AM by brazenlyliberal
I'm working on a platform, the first plank being putting bells on all GOP penises. Let 'em get frisky and start playing grabass with pages on the House floor with THAT going on!
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:04 AM
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7. Sad. He was my first choice. I'm guessing he'll be
(fill in the blank here)'s Vice Presidential Running Mate.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:04 AM
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10. I'm saddened to hear it as well.
He would have been a great candidate and he would have made the field better (and more compelling).
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:04 AM
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8. I'm sorry to hear that. He was at the top of my list of choices.
I guess I'll have to continue to hope foran unknown to magically appear soon, since I'm notreally happy with any of th other options!
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FastHorizon Donating Member (70 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:04 AM
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11. Oh well...
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 10:58 AM by FastHorizon
I think he would have been a good candidate. A Southern moderate who could appeal to more voters. Look at the last Democrat president.
I like him and Wes Clark for 2008.
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 11:04 AM
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12. I'm Actually Surprised
He would have made a great candidate. And this is probably by far his best shot.

I did not particularly care for his accomodation of right-wingers, but then Clinton did the same thing. It's partly a function of holding office in Virginia.

I can respect Warner's reason, though: "...while politically this appears to be the right time...at this point, I want to have a real life."
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Placebo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 12:45 PM
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13. He is either...
1) Positioning himself for the #2 slot on the ticket

2) Wanting to run for Senate again in 2008

3) Wants to run for Governor again (which would position him very nicely for a 2012 presidential run, assuming Dems lose in '08)
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