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As Term Expires, Warner Grapples With Political Future
AP/WAVY ^ | Sat Jan 07 | BOB LEWIS

Posted on 01/07/2006 7:46:44 PM PST by ncountylee

(AP) - Very soon, Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner will leave the Executive Mansion in Richmond for the last time, still struggling with a decision that will define his life.

Though a Democrat in a Republican state, he departs with the highest job-approval ratings of any Virginia governor since pollsters have tracked such things. Network pundits and national publications are speculating about his prospects in the 2008 presidential race.

He's done nothing to discourage the speculation. Warner has a federal "leadership committee," a prerequisite for raising both money and his national profile, and it grossed $2.5 million in its first fundraiser last month.

He's traveled extensively the past six months, keynoting Democratic galas and gatherings in several states -- particularly Iowa and New Hampshire -- and has even more on his itinerary after he leaves office Jan. 14.

And in spite of it all, he still struggles with doubts about whether he is ready to undertake a long, draining national campaign for the White House.

"I want to be part of the debate, but there's still a long way to go from being part of the debate to taking the plunge," Warner said in a lengthy interview last month in the Executive Mansion's homey upstairs den.

(Excerpt) Read more at wavy.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: markwarner; warner2008
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To: linda_22003

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51 posted on 01/09/2006 11:44:52 AM PST by Flora McDonald (got teufelhunden?)
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To: linda_22003
The guy started out with the idea that he had an idea to make the trains run on time (metaphorically speaking) by levying a sales tax on everyone to pay for more Metro-rail service.

Once the people put a stop to that he didn't have a chance to do anything at all during his entire term.

I'm always suspicious of big business Democrats anyway, as you should be too.

52 posted on 01/09/2006 2:21:13 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: linda_22003

Warner jumps the gap with ease.


53 posted on 01/09/2006 2:22:13 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: ncountylee

Warner gave special rights to those with "alternative lifestyles" before he left office. That proves to me he cares not a wit about what the people of VA think.


54 posted on 01/09/2006 2:23:08 PM PST by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: linda_22003
Here's an idea for you ~ get Warner on the carpet and ask him what he thinks of the fence being built in Israel to keep out terrorists.

If he waffles, you'll know he's publicly gone over to the Islamofascists, just like all the Democrat powerbrokers he will have to deal with to run for President.

55 posted on 01/09/2006 2:24:11 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: Corin Stormhands
BTW, my own Virginia pedigree goes back to the construction of the first house by a Huguenot in the Tidewater ~ it was already a ruin by the time the English got there.

That's close to 400 years.

After that, the family was on the move for a long time, even to Indianapolis, Indiana.

56 posted on 01/09/2006 2:28:22 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: henry_thefirst

I think Warner is running for VP. He's young, energetic, a popular dem governor from a Red State and ambitious, but I doubt his campaign will be able to stand up to Hillary's, Gore's, Kerry's and Edward's money machines. If he runs for VP and the dem ticket wins he wins. If he runs for VP and the dem ticket loses he wins. He would be the favorite for the 2012' dem nomination.


57 posted on 01/09/2006 2:32:08 PM PST by moose2004 (You Can Run But You Can't Hide!)
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To: muawiyah

My Huguenot ancestors came over on a land grant from the king in the late 1800s. They were placed west of the City of Richmond as a barrier between the English and the Indians. I don't live too far from there now.

Of course, I have American Indian ancestors who were here a good while before that. ;-)


58 posted on 01/09/2006 4:39:20 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. - P Henry)
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To: Corin Stormhands

You mean "1600s", right? By the 1800s the King's writ ran to naught in Virginia.


59 posted on 01/09/2006 5:34:54 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: muawiyah

Doh! Yes, I meant 1600s.


60 posted on 01/09/2006 6:12:11 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.)
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