The scene happily ends on election night, as Mark Warner’s “second term” is won by Tim Kaine.
Kaine served as governor from January 2006 to January 2010.
Shortly after leaving office in 2006, now-former governor Mark Warner, never shy about his White House ambitions, immediately flirted with a 2008 presidential run and made news when he dropped out in October 2006.
Instead, Warner ran for the U.S. Senate in 2008, winning 65 percent of the vote.
As previously mentioned, Warner’s name always surfaces when talk turns to Hillary Clinton’s potential V.P. running mates — and for good reasons.
Warner is considered a political moderate, and he’s a multimillionaire self-made businessman and venture capitalist. His potential role as Clinton’s ambassador to the business community on Wall Street, Main Street, and Silicon Valley could yield high rates of return. Warner is like Mitt Romney, but since he is a Democrat, he is not evil.
Warner’s only hurdle is his 2014 Senate reelection bid in what, by all accounts, is shaping up to be a tough year for Democratic candidates. But, with the latest Real Clear Politics poll average showing Warner defeating Republican “establishment” candidate Ed Gillespie by 19 percentage points, Warner should not be worried.
Episode II ends with Senator Mark Warner — smart, rich, light on baggage, but heavy with ambition — rearing and ready to run for president or vice-president, whatever comes first. The surging politician flashes back to a “true story” from Warner’s Wiki profile:
When his parents visited him at college at George Washington University in DC, he obtained two tickets for them to tour the White House. When his father asked him why he didn’t get a ticket for himself, he replied, “I’ll see the White House when I’m president.”
Episode III begins at a Richmond fundraising dinner on February 18, 2007.
The local headline reads: Kaine Endorses Obama at Richmond Fundraiser.
There, Governor Tim Kaine became the first governor outside of Illinois to endorse newly minted Senator Barack Obama for president. This was considered a risky move because Senator Obama had been in office only since January, 2005. The piece reports:
Although Obama has been in the Senate only two years, Kaine said he is not concerned about whether the candidate has enough experience to be president. “The basic experience I’m looking for begins very deeply with values,” Kaine said.
U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to be well-organized in Virginia. She has hired Kaine’s top political strategists from 2005 for leadership positions in her national campaign.
After Obama defeated Clinton for the Democratic nomination, Obama rewarded Governor Kaine for his early support by placing him “very, very high” on his VP short list. However, Kaine’s inexperience matched that of Obama’s, therefore Obama chose the more “experienced” Senator Joe Biden as his running mate.