Republicans may be urging liberals to #WalkAway from the Democratic party before midterms, but former Republican Senator John Warner thinks it’s Republicans who should be turning that advice toward themselves.
During his 30 years as Senator from Virginia, Warner was staunchly Republican. He favored a ban on same sex marriage. He was a friend of corporations and not of the environment.
He also just endorsed Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger in her race against Republican incumbent Dave Brat to represent Virginia’s 7th District in the House of Representatives.
In a statement, Warner praised the former intelligence agent’s character:
“She brings a strong understanding of the complex world beyond our nation’s shores and how that impacts the economy and jobs right here in central Virginia. Abigail has spent her career serving on the front-line to keep our country safe. If elected as a member of Congress, she needs no ‘on the job training’ in how to defend our fellow citizens and strengthen our economy and our national security.”
Spanberger isn’t the only Democrat endorsed by Warner, who also lent his voice to Democrat Leslie Cockburn in her race for the 5th district, as well as Democratic Senator Tim Kaine.
Warner said of the endorsements:
“It goes beyond politics now. I’m a Republican, I’ll finish a Republican as I cruise through my 91st year. But you’ve got to put the nation’s interests and the state’s interests ahead of politics.”
The decision was met with praise on Twitter.
John Warner is conservative, but he is old-school Republican – which is sorely missed these days. I'm pleased that he is weighing in like this.
— Annie (@anderinva) November 2, 2018
The @GOP should listed to this good piece of advice, before there’s nobody left voting for them.
— Michelangelo (@_Michelangelo__) November 1, 2018
Nice to see some people still have integrity..
— DJD 🇨🇦 (@djd_17) November 2, 2018
Thank you, John Warner.
— Susan Frank (@trexmarshall) November 2, 2018
This is respect. John realizes it has nothing to do with politics but all to do with Racism, Hate, Division and the lack of Respect got the Country.
COUNTRY 1st B4 Politics https://t.co/iaDSxoKKvR
— Glassology 101 (@mrvip318) November 2, 2018
What’s more, Warner’s words have compelled many to share their stories as well.