ALEXANDRIA -- Former Virginia Republican Governor Jim Gilmore said today he is a candidate for the U.S. Senate, setting up what the media has labeled "Clash of the Titans 2008" as Gilmore takes on former Democrat Governor Mark Warner for the honor of succeeding U.S. Sen. John Warner.
"We have a great many challenges facing our country." said Gilmore. "Of course, serious problems and crises are nothing new for America. But today, I'm sorry to say, we also find too often that our leaders just aren't up to the challenge."
"America has a lot of work to do and doesn't have the right leaders to do it," the former Virginia Governor said.
Although America is facing great challenges Gilmore said he remains optimistic about the future. "We haven't lost what's down deep in all of us, and what really keeps us together despite all the problems that seem to have descended on us of late," said Gilmore.
"I'm running for the United State Senate from Virginia because I want to be one of those leaders who call on the spirit that is common in all of us, and use it to restore our country for the benefit of our people and in the eyes of the world."
The Gilmore announcement sets up a high profile contest between the two Virginia candidates for the U.S. Senate. Gilmore, a nationally recognized authority on homeland security, has spent years addressing the issues of national security, terrorism and border security. Mark Warner raised taxes as Governor after promising as a candidate that he would not increase taxes.
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