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Sen. John Warner will not seek sixth term; retirement offers valuable opportunity to Democrats

Sen. John Warner will not seek sixth term; retirement offers valuable opportunity to Democrats

Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia said Friday he will not seek a sixth term in 2008, offering Democrats a valuable opportunity to challenge the Republican Party for the seat and possibly expand their one-vote Senate majority.
Warner, 80, one of the most authorative voices in Congress on the military and a key figure in the debate over Iraq, has held the seat since 1978, when the dashing former Navy secretary campaigned alongside his wife at the time, the actress Elizabeth Taylor.
"Public service is a privilege and I urge all to try to find time some time in their lifetime to serve the needs of others," Warner said at a news conference at the University of Virginia. "I have tried to be not only true to myself, but true to the people of this great commonwealth I've served for 29 years now."
Warner, who chaired the Armed Services Committee when the Republicans controlled the Senate, thanked those who had helped give him "a magnificent and very rewarding career" in the Senate.
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, a Democrat, called Warner "a good friend, a great Virginian, and a true statesman."
"He has been a strong and reliable partner to my administration, and all Virginians should honor his distinguished leadership," Kaine said.


Updated : 2021-05-10 13:20 GMT+08:00