September 13, 2007
Warner will seek the seat currently held by Republican Senator
John Warner, who is retiring after 30 years in office. The men are
The 52-year-old Democrat -- who unsuccessfully challenged John
Warner in 1996 -- made his announcement today in an e-mail video
sent to supporters and the press:
Thirteen days ago, my friend, Senator John Warner announced his retirement from the US Senate. He has served Virginia and our country with distinction, and brought an independence and civility to office we need to see more of in public life.
After his announcement, I said that I would make my future plans public in the coming days. After a great deal of reflection, talking with my family and friends, I've reached my decision.
I hope you will watch my announcement video — and join us in this effort.
With best wishes,
Warner ended his four-year term as governor in January 2006 with
high approval ratings.
He was unable to seek re-election because of Virginia's unique
ban on consecutive terms for governors, so Warner turned his
attention to a possible presidential bid but ultimately decided not
Former Governor Jim Gilmore and Congressman Tom Davis are
potential Republican contenders for the seat.
To watch Mark Warner's video announcement, click on the link below: