From NBC's Mark Murray
In a statement posted on his political action committee's Web site, former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner (D) announced that he will not be running for president in 2008. His reason: He wants to have a real life. "This past weekend, my family and I went to Connecticut to celebrate my Dad's 81st birthday," he said in the statement, "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."
He added that his decision had nothing to do with thinking he'd lose ("I feel we would have had as good a shot to be successful as any potential candidate in the field"), or that his family didn't want him to run ("Lisa and our three girls have always had a healthy amount of skepticism, but would have been willing to buckle down and support the effort").
Warner concluded, "In the short-term, I am going to do everything I can do make sure Democrats win in 2006. It's an exciting year to be a Democrat. I leave shortly to go to Iowa to support folks running for state and congressional office. Hope they are still excited to see me."