Report from Denver: The Speech of Mark Warner

By August 26, 2008General

(Note: NAM’s Executive Vice President Jay Timmons is blogging from the National Democratic Convention in Denver this week.)

Every seat in the house was taken and my colleague, Tiffany Adams, and I were very happy to have good seats tonight

Hillary Clinton will take center stage soon, but the highlight for the business community was the keynote speaker – former Virginia Governor Mark Warner.

Governor Warner is the face of the future for the Democrats. As Virginia’s Chief Executive he reached out to non-traditional allies, across party lines, always with an eye to improving the state’s economic environment.

“The Race for the Future is on,” he declared in his speech. (Speech available here.) To be sure, the good Governor delivered a few partisan applause lines. But his inclusive style and his nod to key NAM issues such as advances in technology and increased domestic energy supply, Mark Warner is a leader the business community can work with.

From the polls in Virginia, Mark Warner is likely to succeed Senator John Warner (no relation) upon John’s retirement this year. If he is, indeed, successful, the NAM will look forward to working closely with him to advance common sense public policies that will advance the cause of manufacturing and create quality high-paying jobs for Americans.

Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector.
Jay Timmons

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