Running Time: 1:00
Debut Date: 05/31/2008
Ad Buy: statewide in Virginia
Cost: not available
Summary: Prominent Virginians praise Warner for turning a budget shortfall into a surplus.
Script of "Budget Mess" (TV)
ANNOUNCER [v/o]: 2001: Virginia was in trouble.
(Text on screen: Richmond Tech. Council; Former Chair)
PAULA GULAK: It’s very easy to forget what a mess Richmond was in in 2001.
(Text on screen: Va. Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, 2006)
BEN DAVENPORT: We had an enormous budge shortfall.
(Text on screen: Republican Senator; Finance Chair, 2000-08)
JOHN CHICHESTER: We were in trouble -- $6 billion worth of trouble.
(Text on screen: Sheriff, Rockingham County)
DON FARLEY: Firefighters, teachers, police officers -- we were on the chopping block.
(Text on screen: Warner Takes Office Facing Budget Deficits -- The Washington Times; January 13, 2002)
ANNOUNCER [v/o]: On his first day as governor, Mark Warner inherited the worst budget shortfall in Virginia history.
JOHN CHICHESTER: I’ve seen governors come and go. Mark Warner was different.
BEN DAVENPORT: Mark came in with a business approach and really fixed it.
PAULA GULAK: He turned it around.
MARK WARNER: We turned the worst budget shortfall in Virginia history into a surplus. And we did it the right way.
(Text on screen: Warner Sets Bipartisan Tone -- Roanoke Times, Jan. 20, 2002)
JOHN CHICHESTER: The first thing he did was cut spending. Then he worked with Republicans, Democrats to reform the tax code and brought integrity back to the budget process.
ANNOUNCER [v/o]: Mark Warner got Virginia back on track, invested in schools and jobs. And Virginia was named the best managed state in the nation.
(Text on screen: “One Of America’s Five Best Governors” -- Time Magazine, Nov. 13, 2005; Governing Magazine, Feb. 2005)
MARK WARNER: I’m Mark Warner, and I’m running for Senate because partisanship won’t lower the price of gas and bickering won’t create jobs.
(Text on screen: Virginia Independence; Real Results)
I approve this message because we cleaned up the mess in Virginia, and now it’s time to clean up Washington.
(Text on screen: Mark Warner. Senate. MarkWarner2008.com; Paid For By Friends Of Mark Warner)