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Former Republican senator stars in new ad for Democratic senator

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, who is widely expected to win re-election this November, has a special guest in his latest TV ad: The retired Republican senator whom Warner succeeded back in 2008.

"For 30 years, it was my privilege to represent you in the United States Senate," former Sen. John Warner (no relation) says in the ad, which the Mark Warner campaign first gave to Politico. "In Congress, to get things done, you gotta have the guts to cross the aisle and reach bipartisan agreement. That's what I did; that's what Mark Warner does today."

The two Warners previously ran against each other, back in 1996, when Mark Warner unsuccessfully challenged the incumbent Sen. John Warner. Mark Warner was later elected governor in 2001, and then later elected to the Senate when John Warner retired in 2008.

Mark Warner's opponent this year is Ed Gillespie, who served as chairman of the Republican National Committee during the 2004 election, and later served as an adviser in the White House for President George W. Bush. Watch the ad in full below. --Eric Kleefeld