Warner Kicks Off Senate Campaign, First TV Ad Already Airing

Lynchburg, VA - It's still May and we're already seeing the ads. It's take two for Mark Warner who came out Thursday with a very personal, first television ad. His expected challenger though, is already calling him out on his campaign claims. "It's about five months away. Before people get off on their summer plans to remind folks that there is an election this year" said Warner in a phone interview with ABC 13 on Thursday. Warner traversed the state this week to kick off his campaign. While speaking with ABC 13 over the phone, he touted a bi-partisan record in the senate. "Every piece of legislation I work on in the senate, I've got a republican partner, I've got John Warner endorsing me in the campaign. I think people at this point are tired of the bickering" he said. "He told us that he would be an independent voice for Virginia in the United States Senate, when in fact he's voted with President Obama and Harry Reid 97% of the time" said Ed Gillespie, Warner's likely Republican challenger. Former RNC Chair, Ed Gillespie is expected to get the Republican Party nomination, and is already hitting Warner hard. Gillespie is arguing Warner dragged his feet, joining Thursday in the growing cries, demanding that VA Chair Eric Shinseki resign. "I had called for it last week and it was clear that there needed to be accountability here. I wished the senator had come out sooner" said Gillespie. Another point of contention lies in President Obama proposing new restrictions next month to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Gillespie claiming the proposal will kill business, while Warner is still waiting to announce his stance. Warner will be campaigning in both Lynchburg and Roanoke Saturday. The Republican convention is June 7th in Roanoke. That is where Gillespie hopes he'll receive his party's endorsement. A March Quinnipiac University poll gave Warner an early lead in the race, putting him at a five point advantage over Gillespie.