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Mark Warner Is Now a Serious Candidate for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. But Does the Governor Have an Opinion on the Iraq War or Will He Wait a Year to See How Things Look Before Taking a Firm Position on this issue of War and Peace?

2:33 PM, Nov 10, 2005 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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Virginia's Governor Mark Warner would apparently like to replace the current president in the Oval Office. Next week he is traveling to New Hampshire on a wave of punditry that declared him one of the "biggest winners" of Tuesday's election. The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne and many others point to his credentials as a popular, centrist Southern governor from a so-called Red state. Translation: Warner doesn't have the liberal baggage of a John Kerry or Hillary Clinton and would have been re-elected to his office unlike John Edwards who exited the Senate with sagging popularity at home.

But shouldn't a "Southern centrist" who aspires to be commander-in-chief tell us how he would have voted on the Iraq war authorization if he had been in Congress at the time? Would he regret that vote today if he had supported the authorization back then? Does Gov. Warner believe the president made the right decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power in March 2003? Does he support Sen. Kerry's call for a staged troop withdrawal from Iraq or does he side with Sen. McCain who wants more troops to wage the counterinsurgency?

E.J. Dionne has opinion on these big issues, as do Kerry, Edwards, Clinton and millions of others. How about you, Governor?