- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The White House recently said it will provide an official response to a petition to deport embattled Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber — and Sen. Mark Warner is apparently on board.

Appearing on a Hampton Roads radio station, the Virginia Democrat was asked if he had been posed any questions about the petition to deportMr. Bieber.

“About the what?” Mr. Warner replied on WNOR’s “Rumble in the Morning.”

The petition to deport Justin Bieber, a host responded.

“Uh, no, but … as a dad with three daughters, is there someplace I can sign?” Mr. Warner said.

The petition asking the White House to deport Mr. Bieber took just six days to collect the 100,000 online signatures needed to earn a presidential response.

Hours after the petition crossed the signature threshold in the U.S., Mr. Bieber, 19, turned himself in to police in Toronto to answer assault charges stemming from an incident in December.

Mr. Bieber was arrested in Florida last month on charges of drunken driving and resisting arrest after taking part in a street drag race.

A spokesman for former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, one of four GOP candidates challenging Mr. Warner in his re-election bid this year, slammed the Democrat after Mr. Warnertweeted a link to the radio clip.

“Virginians are losing jobs, losing hours at work, losing wages, and at risk of being dropped from the healthcare plans they like. Since Ed entered the race for Senate, Mark Warner hasn’t found time to talk about the Affordable Care Act and its disastrous consequences on Twitter,” reads a post from spokesman Paul Logan on Mr. Gillespie’s campaign website titled “Senator Warner, It’s Time To Get Serious.”

“But what is Mark Warner worried about today? You won’t believe it. Justin Bieber,” the post continues. “We wish Senator Warner would be this enthusiastic about replacing Obamacare and its job-killing and wage-decreasing mandates, costs, and regulations.”

Mr. Warner leads Mr. Gillespie by 21 percentage points in a RealClearPolitics average of recent polls on the race.

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