PRESS RELEASE from Obama for America


CHICAGO – The Obama for America Campaign announced today that former Virginia Governor Mark Warner will deliver the keynote address at the 2008 Democratic Convention on Tuesday, August 26th, the second night of the Convention.
An innovative businessman known for his ability to work with Republicans, Democrats and Independents, campaign officials said that Warner’s vision for Virginia and his leadership style echoed the Convention’s theme of Americans coming together for change.
“Barack Obama believes you can’t have a strong economy when you have a weak middle class,” said Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe.  “Millions of Americans are struggling to get by, forced to make impossible choices about their future and the future of their families.  Tuesday’s Convention program will feature the voices of Americans who share Obama’s concerns and strongly support his detailed economic plan to grow the economy, create jobs, restore fairness, and expand opportunity.  As Governor of Virginia, Warner used his experience in business to help deliver jobs and hope to the citizens of Virginia. His work creating jobs in Southwest and Southside Virginia is a model for the rest of the Country.  Like Barack Obama, Mark Warner is not afraid to challenge the status quo to bring people together and get things moving.  It’s that kind of spirit and innovation that resulted in his selection as keynote speaker on a night when we will be discussing how to renew America’s promise.”
Warner, a candidate for the United States Senate in Virginia, will speak on Tuesday night of the Democratic Convention.  The theme of Tuesday’s night program at the Convention is Renewing America’s Promise.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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