Barack Obama chose Mark Warner, Virginia's Senate candidate and former governor, to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic convention, underscoring Democrats' all-out effort to win the Southern state for the first time since 1964.
The move announced Wednesday also raises questions about the prospects of Obama choosing Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as his running mate.
Warner is to speak on Aug. 26, the second day of the convention in Denver, while the yet-to-be-named vice presidential nominee is slated to address delegates a day later on Aug. 27.
Veep speculation (and concerns about lobbyist money) aside, choosing Warner to deliver the keynote is pretty smart. Not only does it give Warner further exposure, it reinforces the Obama's commitment to winning Virginia (which Bush carried by 260,000 plus votes in 2004) this fall.