Speak Out: Should Mark Warner Run for Governor Again?

Senator tells Associated Press he'll announce decision before Thanksgiving.

Sen. Mark Warner plans to announce before Thanksgiving whether he'll run for governor again, according to the Associated Press.

The former governor, a Democrat, served as the Commonwealth's chief executive from 2002 to 2006. Virginia is the only state in the country where a governor cannot succeed himself.

Former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe has already thrown his hat in the ring and will face Republicans Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

If Warner walks away from another run for governor, he'll be teaming up in the Senate with the state's soon to be junior senator, Senator-elect Tim Kaine, who served as Warner's lieutenant governor and is himself a former governor of Virginia.

In a poll conducted Nov. 8-12 by Quinnipiac University, Warner "would begin the campaign as the overwhelming favorite," the pollsters said. Warner tops Bolling 53 - 33 percent and beats Cuccinelli 52 - 34 percent, the survey finds. Complete results of the survey are here.

What do you think? Should Warner make another run for governor, and if so why?

Carol Lewis November 28, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Joe, as I recall, most everyone went along with Bush's lies because they had no evidence to the contrary.
joe brewer November 28, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I am absolutely convinced that there are weapons…I saw evidence back in 1998 when we would see the inspectors being barred from gaining entry into a warehouse for three hours with trucks rolling up and then moving those trucks out.” — Clinton’s Secretary of Defense William Cohen in April of 2003
joe brewer November 28, 2012 at 01:52 PM
The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow.” — Bill Clinton in 1998
joe brewer November 28, 2012 at 01:59 PM
enough said? “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security.” — Hillary Clinton, October 10, 2002
Doug Samuelson November 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
It is well established that most American senior decision-makers, of both parties, thought in 2002 that Iraq had a menacing WMD program. It is also well established that the U.S. scoured Iraq for evidence after Operation Iraqi Freedom and didn't come up with much of anything. There's a book, _Curveball_, about an Iraqi defector who turned out to have supplied much of the information the intelligence agencies relied on, although they suspected he might not be all that good a source -- hence the code name "Curveball." It also turns out that he was escorted and coached by staff members of the U.S. DoD office that pushed much of the Middle East strategy at the time: Doug Feith's Office of Net Assessment. Point is, to paraphrase SecretaryRumsfield's comment about military readiness, senior decision-makers and their spokespersons go with what information they have, not with what they wish they had. Even outright lies are often forgiven when the truth becomes known, if the lies were meant to provide cover for sensitive operations. It's a messy world. And if, after nearly four years as Ambassador to the U.N., this Benghazi story is all anyone has against Susan Rice, she deserves to sail through confirmation with hardly a ripple.
Carol Lewis November 28, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Remember that Colin Powell was given talking points to the UN that turned out to be false. There are people to be gone after about Benghazi but not Rice. Why not go after the source of her information, the intelligence community?
joe brewer November 28, 2012 at 03:27 PM
rice is toast get used to the idea of john kerry.
Deborah Kelly November 28, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I agree that in her position Susan Rice needs to project honesty in order to have credibility with other nations. I agree she could have said she didn't know anything but I feel she was doing the job she was told to do - go on 5 news stations and tell this "story" to the American people. She was used as the puppet messenger and I feel most likely knew she was being used or should have. Her position would have required her to attend those briefings that relayed the real information. I still feel we need to move beyond the cover up story and focus on the meat and potatoes - all signs indicated an well organized attack with massive weaponry - nothing resembling a protest. And again, all the many many forewarnings in previous months. The Ambassador himself relayed the information back to Washington that he felt the Libyan security detail at the Embassy had been infiltrated and that people were coming in and taking pictures of the inside of the Embassy. He asked for more security. Based upon the many forwarnings and the Ambassador's assessment that the Libyan detail showed problems then why weren't these Americans pulled out of the Embassy and out of harm's way. Either vamp up security or pull them out. If we feel we can't adequately provide the protection they need then we pull them out. Now the BIGGIE, who squashed giving them assistance when their murders were being watched in real time and they were crying out for help? Military experts say there were many options!
James November 28, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I love this story. It's all I need to know regarding that horse faced jack*** Kerry :) Sen. John Kerry skips town on sails tax http://bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view/20100723senator_skipper_skips_town_on_sails_tax
Carol Lewis November 28, 2012 at 06:59 PM
It's not over till it's over, Joe Brewer
joe brewer November 28, 2012 at 07:15 PM
James I don't see a problem with advoiding taxes if you can do so legally. Did he lie? No! Carol Obama has a full plate does he want to use his good will on getting a conformation ffor a suspect secretary. He used his good will up with Obamacare and rammed that down the republicans throat see how well that 4 years went. I am not saying she is not capable but is she the best choice in the political climate that exists at the moment? Situational ethics aside she should have said we are working on what really happened instead of running interference for Obama and the thought that Al Quada had been decimated.
Carol Lewis November 28, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Joe Brewer, my point all along has been that the republicans are attacking the wrong person. Why aren't they going after the CIA and/or Hillary Clinton? Clinton, by the way is investigating Benghazi through the state dept which is where it should be investigated. There is no proof that Rice was running interference for Obama and the thought about Al Quada. And Al Quada has been decimated, but not defeated. Obama hasn't even nominated anyone yet. If he thinks she's worth fighting for then he should go for it. He regained a lot of good will and capital in his second election; you might have heard Boehner say that Obamacare is now the law of the land. He wouldn't have had to ram it through had the republicans not been dedicated to stopping every thing he proposed.
Carol Lewis November 28, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Deborah and Kathy Rice does have credibility with other nations - she's the UN ambassador and has done amazing things there, including negotiating with China. She was asked to be the spokesperson, how would she see that as "being used." Again...they are going after the wrong person, they are aiming at the messenger rather than addressing the substantive problems, and it is for political gain, whether to embarrass Obama or finagle a way for Kerry to be Sec of State. Why don't we all wait till Hillary Clinton completes her investigation in the state dept and reports to the senate before we make a final judgement on Susan Rice.
joe brewer November 28, 2012 at 08:20 PM
no super majority like he had for 2 years. basically told the republicans we won so we'll do as we please essentialy gave them the big bird and then wants to work with them. ain't going to happen that way now. if you cannot see the interference then ok you win now go away
James November 28, 2012 at 08:27 PM
He's a do as I say, and not as I do hypocritical politician. In addition, he is a horse faced blow hard who is a liar. Plain and simple!
Deborah Kelly November 28, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Carol, They are going to question the CIA, Petraeus, Hillary and probably many more. Rice was just step one and it's time they move on to the real meat and potatoes. The timing of the explosion of the Petraeus sex scandal was no coincidence nor was the timing of Hillary leaving. The truth will eventually come out and America should be fed the truth. I'm glad you are no longer calling Sen. McCain a racist. I never heard him call Susan Rice unintelligent either. I'd have to actually see those words coming out of his mouth to believe something like that. He's not a sexist either - he's just trying to conduct an investigation. On a different note, I feel we should seriously consider a flat tax - same percentage rate for everyone so that no one belly aches about it being unfair. If they want to keep a few things like the mortgage deduction and charitable deductions - I'm sure it would still work pretty well without further hurting the housing industry or charities. We retrain all the IRS employees to handle social issues, maybe even get rid of the Energy Dept. as we aren't getting a great return there for our money. Energy Dept. employees could also be retrained to help out with all our social issues. Just some thoughts.
Carol Lewis November 28, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Deborah, I stand corrected about McCain but I still think he and the others are making way too much of Rice's role. As for the timing of the explosion, I don't see how Patraeus could coordinate his sex scandal with that, and Hillary has said for months that she wasn't staying for a second term. Your thoughts about taxes are worth considering but the system we have now is just not fair.
Carol Lewis November 28, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Yeah, Joe, he told reps he won - in a meeting to work with them. George Bush said he won political capital in the election and he intended to spend it. What Obama said is no different, and if the reps can't handle that reality they have no business being in Congress. They need to grow up. During Obama's inauguration the reps set their agenda to obstruct every thing he proposed. Do you realize how far along in recovery we might be if they had gone along even just a little big?
Carol Lewis November 28, 2012 at 09:31 PM
James, who are you talking about? Who's the blow hard?
Robert Mowbray November 28, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I have now placed Parch on my spam list to stop the flow of these irrelevant messages. By the way the embassy in Libya wasn't attacked. It was the consulate in Benghazi.
Kathy Keith November 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM
The problem is found somewhere in the administration. True--Susan Rice was not involved-except she willingly went out as a spokesperson for the administration and gave the "party" line. Interesting, that the administration's talking points emphasized the video--and, yet, at the debate, Obama said he had called it terrorism from the second day in the Rose Garden. And remember, two weeks after that, he gave a speech at the UN attacking the video. Lets face it, the video was a red herring that gave an excuse to all the unrest in the Middle East after Obama had bragged about decimating Al Queda. As far as Rice, I think the Senators are really just trying to get the true story of what was going on. Rice certainly did not present herself very well on those talk shows and most Americans are not really that familiar with her. It is clear that State really screwed up prior to the event. Benghazi may not be that important to some people, but it is very important to the families of the four Americans who lost their lives serving this country. Unfortunately, secrets and classified information have been lost--and not because of the cover up, but because of documents that were lost during and after the event. We did not secure the consulate or the other building for several weeks. I heard that Sean Smith was killed while he was trying to destroy documents during the attack.
Bob Bruhns November 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Patch, you're great, but please take note: you will probably get on a spam blocking list because of this, like Restonweb did. I suggest you put a limit on outgoing e-mails and messages to any given user - it should be more deliberate to opt in for e-mail notification, and probably users should be dropped from any thread notification list after one or two days if they don't opt to stay on it. Also, users should have an option to limit the number of e-mail messages daily, and a report should be available when they log in if they want to see threads with replies at that time. That would make more sense, and it would keep you off the spammer list. Patch does NOT belong on a spammer list.
James November 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM
John "Rambo" Kerry, Carol
Carol Lewis November 29, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Robert, I don't get Patch notices but I'm with you that this post has gone far off the original topic. I've made my points and now I'm done with this. I'll say though that everyone has been reasonably calm and respectful and that's wonderful!
Deborah Kelly November 29, 2012 at 01:47 AM
So tragic and unnecessary.
Karen Goff November 29, 2012 at 01:58 AM
People, If you do not want to get email updates when someone comments, simply uncheck the box at the bottom of the comment box that says "send me updates for this article." Then you will stop receiving updates. No need to put Patch on the spam list!
joe brewer November 29, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Mitt Romney will be offered Hilary Clintons job as Secretary of State today at a lucheon at the White House today.
Doug Samuelson November 29, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Wanna bet?
Doug Samuelson November 29, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Mitt would be a better choice for Treasury. The campaign showed that foreign policy is not his strong suit, and that his approach to it differs sharply from Obama's.
joe brewer November 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
no thanks i ran threw my annual gambling money of $20.00 on the power ball jackpot yesterday. tongue in cheek was my post.


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