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Mark Warner Senate Campaign Ad, 2008


In 2008, two former Virginia governors ran for Virginia's open U.S. Senate seat. Mark Warner, the democratic candidate, won the race. In this television ad, Warner compares his fiscal record as governor with that of former governor Jim Gilmore to explain why he should be elected to the senate. However, Jim Gilmore also compares his record as governor to Warner's in a different campaign ad to explain why Gilmore should be elected to the senate. How do the two portray the same events differently to promote their causes?

Both ads also mention the 2008 presidential candidates, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama. How does the national campaign affect the state campaign, and vice versa?

Compare with opponent Jim Gilmore's ad.

Source: Mark Warner for Senate, Budget Mess, YouTube (accessed November 30, 2008).

How to Cite This Source
Mark Warner for Senate, "Mark Warner Senate Campaign Ad, 2008," in Virginia Civics, Item #78, (accessed January 27, 2022).
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