Thursday, October 12, 2006

Breaking News: Warner Not Running For President

Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, announced just a few minutes ago that he is not running for President in 2008.

Late last year, I said to Lisa and my girls, “Let’s go down this path and make a decision around Election Day.”

But there were hiring decisions and people who’ve put their lives on hold waiting to join this effort.

So about a month ago, I told my family and people who know me best that I would make a final decision after Columbus Day weekend, which I was spending with my family. After 67 trips to 28 states and five foreign countries, I have made that decision.

I have decided not to run for President.

This past weekend, my family and I went to Connecticut to celebrate my Dad’s 81st birthday, and then we took my oldest daughter Madison to start looking at colleges.

I know these moments are never going to come again. This weekend made clear what I’d been thinking about for many weeks—that while politically this appears to be the right time for me to take the plunge—at this point, I want to have a real life.

A respectable decision by a respectable man. However, this leaves Governor Bill Richardson as the only potential candidate who is a Governor (from a state that has gone red the past couple of Presidential elections) left in the race. Stay tuned for more.

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