Former Governor Mark Warner Backs Out of Televised Debate

August 28, 2008

According to the League of Women Voters, Democratic former Governor Mark Warner won't be taking part in a statewide televised Senate race debate this fall sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Olga Hernandez, president of the League's Virginia chapter, said Warner's Republican opponent, former Governor Jim Gilmore, agreed
to participate.

She said the event would have been broadcast free all over Virginia on radio and television.

Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said the campaign could not squeeze
the debate into a busy schedule in the 68 days remaining until the Nov. 4 election.

Hall said the campaign has committed to one other debate before a private Fairfax Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Warner held a strong lead over Gilmore in summer polling and an overwhelming fund raising advantage.

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