September 13, 2007
It came Thursday morning through an email to supporters and a video posted on Warner’s campaign website. In that video he talked about his past as Governor and his future as Senator.
His success as Virginia Governor is where he began in his announcement saying his bipartisan approach to politics helped Virginia become fiscally responsible and later be named the best managed state.
Warner added that sort of approach to politics is exactly what he would take to Washington if he's elected.
“I think you got to hope and believe there are enough people of good will that are running for the senate or serving in the senate that are going to be willing at this moment of our nations challenges with a new president to take off their d and r hats and say how are we going to fix this nation,” said Mark Warner.
Local democrats said his political attitude is what Virginians love the most.
“Well let me tell you one of the things that is very interesting when people heard about the prospect of him running, is I had a lot of independents and republicans come to me and they said I’m going to vote for mark Warner,” said Delegate David Toscano, D- 57th District.
Republicans said Warner will be a strong challenger in '08 and this could be one of the most watched elections nationally, but right now their focus is on the 2007 local elections.
“Mark Warner was a popular governor, but I think he also had some flaws. He talked people into the largest tax hike in the history of the state,” said Christian Schoenwald, Co-Chair of the Albemarle County Republican’s Committee.
It's no secret Warner left office as one of the most popular governors in generations, but those high approval ratings aren't scaring republicans.
In fact, experts said even though Warner is well liked there is still 14 months until election day and it can be anyone's race.
“There's a lot of opportunities for the democrats or for Mark Warner to make a miss step and to be vulnerable,” said Sean O’Brien, from the Sorensen Institute.
O’Brien added if there aren't any miss steps and Warner is as popular in November 2008 as he is right now, he could actually sway the presidential vote.