"I'm a big believer that to get the American people to agree on transformative change, you've got to show bipartisan support," Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Mark Warner tells Grist. "And I think if we're really going to get the change in the energy field, it's going to take that."
Warner, the former governor of Virgina and current candidate in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. John Warner (no relation), was once rumored as a potential '08 candidate for president, and later as a possible VP pick for Barack Obama (a post he said he wasn't interested in). Now the centrist Democrat has been tapped to deliver the keynote address at this year's Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 26. It's the same prestigious slot that launched Obama to national fame at the 2004 convention.