Senator Mark Warner is in the midst of a big trip across Virginia. It is a regular August jaunt for the Senator who will visit 25 different locations and travel more than 1 thousand miles in just four days.
But in a live interview on NBC12 First at 4, Warner said he would rather being hashing out some of the big, lingering issues of the day on Capitol Hill.
"Both the House and Senate, we ought to stay in session," Warner said. "Democrats got to give on entitlements, Republicans have got to give on revenues or we are going to be back in another month with another budget crisis."
On the governor's race, Warner conceded that questions surrounding Democrat Terry McAuliffe's role with the company Greentech may not be over.
"I've invested in businesses not all of them have gone well, being an entrepreneur especially in the auto industry can be a tough thing." he said. "I am sure there is going to be more conversation and debate about this."
What the Democratic Senator- who passed on a run for Governor himself- is hoping is that the discourse of the campaign begins to focus on the issues not the candidate's backgrounds.
"I want the candidates to talk about how we are once again going to get Virginia back on top," Warner said.
One area Warner did not want to touch was the ongoing scandal involving Governor Bob McDonnell and his connection the CEO of Star Scientific. Today the Virginian Pilot, McDonnell's hometown paper, wrote an op-ed calling on the Governor to step down. Warner wanted no part of that discussion.
"I've basically stayed clear of that, let's get the facts out," he said. "I do think it means that whenever the legislature is back in session, I hope we see some stronger disclosure laws because this also needs to be in the past."
You can see our entire interview with Senator Warner below: