Richmond or DC? Warner to reveal plans on Thursday

Since Senator John Warner (R) announced he would not seek a sixth term as Virginia's senior member in the world's most deliberative body, Democrats from Alexandria to Bristol have been salivating at the thought former Governor Mark Warner (no relation) might make a run for the soon-to-be-vacated seat in 2008. The younger Warner's been fairly mum on the issue thus far, but he will reveal all in the very near future. According to Beltway publication The Politico, Warner will announce his plans on Thursday, at a time and place that are yet to be determined.

After Warner's 2001 run for governor began a string of recent statewide Democratic victories, both the Virginia and national party have long hoped he would make another run for elected office since being term-limited out of Richmond in 2005. The former cell phone magnate toyed with a presidential candidacy until last October, when he announced he wanted to spend more time with his family. For the last 11 months, his name has been at the center of speculation about the campaign to flip Virginia's red Senate seat blue in 2008, running to succeed his successor Tim Kaine in the Governor's Mansion in 2009. Some have even floated his name as a possible vice presidential candidate as the Dems try to take back the White House next year.

In speaking with students at UVA's Darden School of Business last Friday, Warner said, "I think of running for governor or senator as the longest job application of your life. I expect that in the next week I'll be a candidate for one of the two."

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