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Senator Mark Warner Speaks on National Debt Crisis at UVA

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Hundreds came out for a discussion on national debt at the University of Virginia on Monday. Senator Mark Warner spoke about the country's debt crisis and how it would eventually affect everyone in the room.

The senator's visit is part of the student-run Up to Us campaign. The six-week-long competition among 10 universities is designed to get young adults involved in the nation's fiscal debate.

The Newcomb Ballroom was filled with students and university staff for Warner's presentation.    

UVA President Teresa Sullivan introduced Warner, emphasizing the debt was a critical issue. Warner agreed, saying it should be the No. 1 priority for Congress.  

"We have to stop seeing this as kind of the red-shirt Republicans and the blue-shirt Democrats and actually put the country first and if not we should all get fired because until we get this issue fixed, we're not going to get to immigration, education reform and energy, all the other issues," said Warner.

Warner stressed the importance of bipartisanship for dealing with the debt. He says both parties need to come together and focus on more revenues, additional cuts and entitlement reform.

Students leading the Up to Us initiative have until March 2 to boost their campaign. The winning team will be recognized by former president Bill Clinton and receive a $10,000 dollar prize. 

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