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“Warner’s long term strategic reasoning is that he will have a better shot at the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 if he is a sitting governor rather than just a run-of-the-mill senator,” writes Myra Adams.
By Myra Adams
ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Recently, I heard a rumor from an “in the know” Republican political operative about Democrat presidential jockeying for 2016.
The topic of the 2016 race arose while we were discussing the question first and foremost on the minds of all political junkies in 2012.
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Mark Warner after voting at Lyles Crouch
Elementary in Old Town.
Who will Mitt Romney select as his vice-presidential running mate?
After weighing in with my prediction from last year that current Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell would be chosen, the political operative said that in spite of how hard McDonnell’s people are in fact pushing to make that happen, he disagreed that McDonnell would be tapped.
However, he suggested that McDonnell should run for Virginia Senator Mark Warner’s open seat in 2014.
Open seat? That statement raised my eyebrows.
For an open seat means Senator Mark Warner would not be running for re-election in 2014. Apparently this rumor is making its way around Washington.
If true, this could have a tremendous ripple effect for the 2016 Democratic presidential race because Senator Warner then plans to run for governor of Virginia in 2013.
Here is why this rumor is important.
Warner’s long term strategic reasoning is that he will have a better shot at the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 if he is a sitting governor rather than just a run-of-the-mill senator.
More revealing, is Warner thinks the longer he stays in the Senate, he will accumulate a pesky voting record that will come back to haunt his presidential campaign. (As a prime example, nothing could be peskier than Warner’s recent vote against the Keystone pipeline).
Everyone in political circles knows that Mark Warner has a burning desire to occupy the Oval Office, and running for president as the governor of Virginia is an
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