ALTAVISTA, Va. -

One of Bob McDonnell's predecessors in the governor's mansion is coming to his defense.

Mark Warner says McDonnell should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

The democrat praised his republican colleague Wednesday for doing "a lot of good things" in Richmond.

Warner, Virginia's senior United States senator, served as the commonwealth's governor from 2002 until 2006.

In the wake of Tuesday's indictments, Warner told WDBJ7 that he would like to see a better set of rules placed on the gifts received by elected leaders.

"We need to have the kind of reform that doesn't leave any gray areas about what kind of gifts can be given and the appropriate level of disclosure," Warner said.

Warner is making several stops in our region Wednesday and Thursday.  Following a tour of the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research in New London Wednesday morning, Warner held a town hall meeting at Virginia Technical Institute in Altavista.

He's taking time away from Washington to hear citizens concerns and offer a legislative update.

"I'm trying to give them an update on the good, bad, and ugly coming out of Washington," Warner said.  "We have a budget for the next two years, so no government shutdown."

The bipartisan budget, passed by congress in December, is a rare act of compromise in Washington and something Warner would like to see more of in the future.

"There are an awful lot more Senators in both parties who want to do the right thing," Warner said.  "We've got to find a way to make it safe for people to compromise again."

Warner continued his tour in Rocky Mount Wednesday afternoon.  He will meet with constituents in Danville Thursday.