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November 1, 2014

Mark Warner Pitches Bipartisanship at Senate Campaign Rally

Mark Warner Pitches Bipartisanship at Senate Campaign Rally

Warner is a Democrat from Virginia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

ARLINGTON, Va. — Democratic Sen. Mark Warner emphasized his bipartisan credentials Thursday to the local voters he hopes will re-elect him in November.

“This is gonna be won with Democrats, independents, Republicans and everyone else,” Warner told the crowd at The Spectrum Theatre, part of a six-day, 14-stop tour of the commonwealth that coincides with the release of his first television ad.

The rally’s venue had the feel of a lecture hall, with pull-out desks on each seat. Signs were neatly stacked in a grid along a side wall as Warner spoke on a stage against a backdrop of two large signs and a flag.

Warner is favored to win over likely GOP nominee Ed Gillespie, a former RNC chairman and George W. Bush adviser. But his race could be more competitive than anticipated, in part thanks to his well-connected foe.

Virginia is a competitive state that’s elected both Republicans and Democrats to statewide office over the past decade. Though Democrats currently control both Senate seats and the governor’s mansion, statewide elections are fiercely contested.

“Let’s not make a mistake, let’s not be complacent, let’s not think, ‘Oh, he’s got this in the bag,’” said a jovial and energetic Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., introducing Warner. “Let’s make sure that he wins, and that he wins big.”

Kaine then retired to a stool set back on the stage, onto which he folded himself in his suit and sat grinning for the duration of Warner’s speech.

The auditorium, which could fit nearly 400 people, was mostly full with supporters trickling in over the course of an hour from drizzly weather outside. Volunteers dispersed themselves throughout the assembled crowd and waved signs as Warner spoke.

In his trademark coarse voice, Warner delivered a spirited speech, striding around the stage and gesturing dramatically. He spoke on how he regularly reached across the aisle as a senator and worked with his Republican colleagues on legislation.

Warner touted an education bill he is co-sponsoring with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., another bill he worked on with retiring Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., and yet another with House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrel Issa, which earned him a loud and grimacing “ohh” from the audience.

On Obamacare, he both defended the effort to overhaul health care and called for fixes to parts of the law.

“Let me tell you, there’s some good things, some very good things, in the Affordable Care Act, but there’s some things that desperately need to be changed,” he said.

Of President Barack Obama, he said: “I work with the president when I agree with him. But I stand up when I disagree with him.”

As of the end of March, Warner reported $8.8 million in cash on hand — four times as much as Gillespie. But the Republican is well-connected in the Republican Party, and his fundraising could pick up this summer after the convention.

The race is rated Favored Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Rick Turner

    There is no bi partisanship in Warner’s voting record.

  • Layla

    There’s a laugh….one of the most partisan Members of Congress is hoping to run for Pres., VP. Bipartisan, he is NOT.

  • darrell_b8

    “Bi-partisan” = doing what the Democrats want….right?

  • left wing

    more lies from a democrat

  • Mickey Kovars

    Even if he were bipartisan, it doesn’t matter as long as Crazy Harry is in charge of the Senate.

  • Sam Fuels

    Since we use majority opinion to decide on those who make rules and restrictions, we find ourselves increasingly subjected to their commands.

  • YONATAN C

    THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE FAILED THE MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WITHOUT BENEFITS SINCE LAST DECEMBER. THESE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES HAVE FACED EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, WHILE THE TWO POLITICAL PARTIES HELD THE EXTENSION BILL HOSTAGE IN THE SENATE. THEY CHOSE TO MAKE THE PEOPLE SUFFER RATHER THAN TO COOPERATE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE PEOPLE. THESE POLITICIANS NEED TO BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE IN THE NEXT ELECTION. THIS SHOULF NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. THESE POLITICIANS ARE A DISGRACE,

  • coffeeHouse1982

    With today’s technology, the seeds of liberty can be spread faster, repeated more often, and affirmed to a wider audience than ever before.

  • Al Egro

    Since liberty cannot survive if misunderstood, it is critical that liberty’s proven principles be disseminated as widely as possible.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    MORE THAN FIVE MONTHS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION OF UNEMPLOYED WORKERS HAVE BEEN WITHOUT AN EXTENSION OF BENEFITS. THE REPUBLICAN SENATE HAS FAILED THESE FAMILIES MISERABLY. WHILE BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES PLAYED “PARTY POLITICS”, MILLIONS HAVE LOSS THEIR HOMES, AND ARE HOMELESS. THE REPUBLICANS LIKE JOHN BOEHNER HAVE HELD THE EXTENSION BILL “HOSTAGE” IN THE SENATE, FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE, AND HIS PARTY’S AGENDA. WHILE THE SENATE TOOK BREAK AFTER BREAK, FAMILIES WERE BEING FINANCIALLY DESTROYED. MANY MIGHT NEVER FULLY RECOVER. THE REPUBLICANS INTENTIONALLY DELAYED THE VOTE, SO THAT IT WOULD BECOME TOO LATE TO BE PASSED. THESE FAMILIES WILL NOT FORGET THE LACK OF COMPASSION AND OF COMMON DECENCY SHOWN TO THEM. THEY WILL RESPOND IN KIND IN THE COMING ELECTIONS WITH THEIR VOTE.

  • RMH@REGIONIII

    A VOTE FOR MARK WARNER IS A VOTE FOR HARRY REID. HE ALWAYS VOTES THE DEMWIT PARTY LINE (EXCEPT WHEN HE’S RUNNING TO KEEP HIS JOB)

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