On CBS' Face the Nation today, Governor and Presidential Aspirant Mark Warner Told Democrats to "Get Over" How We Got Into the Iraq War But Refused to Answer How He Would Have Voted on the Iraq War Resolution, How Convenient
3:48 PM, Nov 13, 2005 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
Last week, I noted that Virginia Governor Mark Warner is now considered a serious candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. He is traveling to New Hampshire this week 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. I also wondered if the governor would let us in on how he would have voted on the war resolution had he been in Congress or would he would he wait several months to see how things are going in Iraq before taking a firm position?
Well, Governor Warner gave his answer today.
Gov. Warner should be applauded for telling Dean, Kennedy & Company to "get overâ€¦how we got into the war" 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? 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? He offered no straight answers to these questions that are at the heart of the current debate in Washington and across the nation.
Where do you stand, Governor?