Warner as VP?

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

How does Vice President Mark Warner sound?

At the Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day fund raiser, former delegate Richard Cranwell said he didn't know he was introducing the next Vice President when he introduced Gov. Warner Saturday night.

WHSV found out the idea is seen as a non-issue in Warner's camp, but some people in the Valley don't think it's a bad idea.

Warner's media representative Ellen Qualls called the story "totally bogus" and dismissed it as "spluttering talk" by Cranwell, the former Delegate from Vinton.

But people in the Valley don't think it's so far-fetched. They say front-running Democrats like John Kerry need to balance the ticket.

"It might be a good idea, because if Warner's going to get it, him being from New England, they need someone from the south, from the southern states to help on the ticket," says Warner supporter Gary Arehart.

"It helps if you have someone with a northern view and someone with a southern view as to what's best for the country as a whole," agrees Shannon Stewart, a registered Democrat.

But many people had doubts as to whether Warner was qualified for the Vice President's position.

"Personally, I don't believe he's ready for that job," says David Hinkle, a registered Republican. "He still has a lot to do here and he's got a tough road ahead of him."

And hard line Republicans said it didn't matter who the Democrats offered up, they were still voting Republican.

Warner says he doesn't expect to be anybody's running mate. He says his focus is on pushing his tax reforms through a hostile, Republican-dominated House of Delegates.

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