Mark Warner's Options and a Turkey-day Deadline

November 18, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Gov. Mark Warner will decide sometime before Thanksgiving whether he also wants to be future Gov. Mark Warner.

Don't look for the popular, centrist Democratic senator to leave Washington's Capitol Hill for Richmond's Capitol Square.

In an Associated Press interview Friday, Virginia's 69th governor didn't rule out a gubernatorial run. But he spoke passionately - and tellingly - of plans to be a consensus-building player in Congress's unfolding "fiscal cliff" debate and budget battles beyond that.

A Quinnipiac University poll last week showed Warner would dominate a gubernatorial race with either announced Republican, Ken Cuccinelli or Bill Bolling. The poll showed that with Terry McAuliffe as the only announced Democrat in the race, next fall's election would be anybody's game.

Warner governed from 2002 to 2006.

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