Saturday, June 11, 2005

Will Warner run?

As I speculated last year, Gov. Mark Warner will probably run for President in '08:

Gov. Mark Warner is taking another step toward a possible presidential run by establishing a federal campaign committee and hiring a top political aide to Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign, two advisers said Friday.

Monica Dixon will begin working for the Democratic governor next month and will be paid through a federal leadership PAC Warner is setting up, said Mame Reiley of Alexandria, director of a state political action committee the governor controls.

As the head of the National Governors Association, Warner has made education reform one of his top priorities with the Redesigning High School initiative. If he does run (and he will) and if he makes some headway with the electorate (and he will) then education -- particularly high schools -- will be front and center as a major issue in '07 as the candidates gear up for the Presidential primaries.

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