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Former RNC Chief Launches Va. Senate Run

Image from YouTube

Image from YouTube

Jan. 16, 2014

Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie has formally launched his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat representing Virginia.

Gillespie, a former lobbyist and onetime aide to President George W. Bush, kicked off his effort Thursday with a video posted on YouTube announcing his run.

The video sought to highlight Gillespie's working-class roots, as well as his opposition to the new federal health care law, commonly known as "Obamacare."

In the video, Gillespie tried to portray incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Warner as fiscally irresponsible.

Sen. Warner, a former governor of Virginia, has raised more than $7 million for his re-election bid.

Gillespie currently faces two competitors to secure the Republican Party's nomination. A convention will decide the winner in early June.


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