Obama picks Virginia's Warner for key convention speech

August 13, 2008 9:36:31 PM PDT
Former Virginia governor and Senate candidate Mark Warner will deliver the keynote address at the Democratic convention.

Barack Obama's choice underscores Democrats' all-out effort to win the state for the first time since 1964. But it raises questions about the prospects of Obama choosing Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as his running mate.

Warner is to speak on August 26th, the second day of the convention in Denver, while the yet-to-be-named vice -residential nominee is slated to address delegates a day later.

The question is, would the Illinois senator devote two major prime-time national addresses to politicians from the same state? It's possible, given the attention Obama is lavishing on Virginia.

Also, Obama is giving Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, long an opponent of abortion, a speaking role the same Tuesday night that Warner and Hillary Clinton are to address delegates.