Warner Endorses Kerry

(Richmond, Virginia-AP) -- Virginia Gov. Mark Warner endorsed Massachusetts Senator John Kerry for president today, praising him for his record of fiscal responsibility and his defense of programs for education and the needy.

Warner made the announcement as he and Kerry stood outside the governor's mansion.

Warner told reporters that Kerry, in his words, "will inherit the same budget mess when he takes over the White House in January that I have."

Warner and the Republican-controlled Legislature have faced budget shortfalls exceeding $6 billion over the past two years.

The Democratic governor also praised Kerry's record of military service and his expertise in national security.

Warner said Kerry QUOTE "knows that the war on terror is fought not only abroad but at home as well."

Afterward, the two headed to a church service together.

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