Why I Am Supporting Mark Warner for President
by John Mills, Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 06:20:20 AM EDT
I saw Mark Warner last week at DL21C in New York for the first time since 1996 when I lived in Virginia. He was everything I remembered and more. He was substantive, funny and charismatic. I am not sure where he got the reputation of being stiff and dull but I have never found him to be either.
The reason I am supporting Warner is the message he is enunciating. His overall theme is that America is a great country but we are losing the things that made it great and we are at an important crossroads. He discussed how if we work together and sacrifice together when necessary we can get the things done we need to maintain our status as a world leader. He talked at length about the need to restore America's reputation in the world, to provide a fair and level playing field for all Americans and to give people the tools they need to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
Warner discussed issues that are important to average Americans such as the economy, education, competence, and maintaining our technological advantage in the world. He discussed his efforts in Virginia including his reform of the states finances and government operations while providing important services. He talked about his efforts to give Virginians the opportunity to attend college but also about his efforts to give the non-college bound technical training so they can get jobs other than flipping burgers.
Warner has a compelling personal story noting that he was the first person in his family who attended college and how he had some tough times starting out in business before getting into cellular telephones as a co-founder of Nextel. He also noted that he lost his first race for office to John Warner although most people considered his performance to be impressive against a strong incumbent. As someone who has worked both in and out of government, I like his varied background because I believe it brings an important understanding of the real world which career politicians, as much as I respect that career choice, can lose in the bubble of politics.
My wife, who is a progressive Democrat, is not into politics the way many of us in netroots are. I find her to be a good sounding board as to what average voters are thinking. She found him to be a "breath of fresh air" noting that he discussed real issues important to her rather than focusing solely on bashing Bush.
I believe Mark Warner will be our next President because he is a leader and is talking about the issue many other candidates are ignoring. He has the resume, the charisma, and the message to appeal to all Americans.