"...So about a month ago, I told my family and people who know me best that I would make a final decision after Columbus Day weekend, which I was spending with my family. After 67 trips to 28 states and five foreign countries, I have made that decision.
"I have decided not to run for President.
"This past weekend, my family and I went to Connecticut to celebrate my Dad’s 81st birthday, and then we took my oldest daughter Madison to start looking at colleges. I know these moments are never going to come again. This weekend made clear what I’d been thinking about for many weeks -- that while politically this appears to be the right time for me to take the plunge -- at this point, I want to have a real life. And while the chance may never come again, I shouldn’t move forward unless I’m willing to put everything else in my life on the back burner.
"This has been a difficult decision, but for me, it’s the right decision."
Click here to read Warner's entire statement:
Update: In “Warner nixes 2008 bid,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s political writer Jeff E. Schapiro reports:
“...Kaine said he had been discussing the decision with Warner for the past five or six months. Kaine said he understood Warner’s decision but added that his predecessor would have made a formidable candidate. “I’m disappointed for the party and for the country because he would be absolutely fantastic,’ Kaine said.
"Warner, during his morning news conference, signaled in written remarks that he will continue to be involved in national politics.”
Note: Just think of how many self-appointed experts, of any political persuasion, told you it was absolutely a lock that Mark Warner was running for president. Now, how many of those same “experts” will admit they were simply wrong not to have taken Warner at his word, when he said he was exploring a run but hadn’t made up his mind, yet?