October 12, 2006
In a news conference Thursday morning, former Virginia democratic governor, Mark Warner, announced that he will not run for presidential office in 2008.
Since Warner left the governor's office in January, he has been doing everything right to make a run for the White House.
He has made appearances in the right states, such as New Hampshire and Iowa, which have the early primary contests. He has also raised more money than any other democratic presidential contender, except Hillary Clinton, by way of his political action committee, Together Forward.
However, when it comes down to it, Warner says, family comes first.
The democrat cited that after celebrating his dad's 81st birthday, and taking his oldest daughter on a college tour, he decided those types of events matter most.
In a statement Warner said, "I know these moments are never going to come again. This weekend made clear what I'd been thinking about for
many weeks - that while politically this appears to be the right time for me to take the plunge, at this point I want to have a real life."
Still, analysts say, he has other political options.
"If [Senator] John Warner retires, then [Mark Warner] would be a favorite," explained Matt Smyth from UVa's Center for Politics. "He also has the option to return to the governor's race in 2009. He left the governor's office with near record approval numbers."
Smyth also said that Warner could be a vice presidential candidate as well. In fact, Warner's aide, said that the democrat is not ruling out running for political office in the future.