November 10th, 2008
03:27 PM ET
5 years ago

Former Clinton adviser to make run for governor in VA

Terry McAuliffe has been laying the groundwork for a gubernatorial run.
Terry McAuliffe has been laying the groundwork for a gubernatorial run.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman filed papers Monday forming an exploratory committee to run for Virginia governor.

Terry McAuliffe was widely expected to make his decision after Election Day. The former Democratic National Committee chairman will now do a 60 day listening tour of the state.

In September, McAuliffe hired longtime Virginia political consultant Mo Elleithee to start planning a possible statewide campaign, should he decide to run. Elleithee spent the last year working alongside McAuliffe in the Clinton campaign as a senior spokesman, but in recent years he has also helped steer Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to signature Democratic victories in Virginia.

Should he run, McAuliffe will face off in next year’s Democratic primary against state Sen. Creigh Deeds and State House Rep. Brian Moran. Virginia’s Attorney General Bob McDonnell is expected to run for the Republican nomination unopposed.


Filed under: Terry McAuliffe
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Tim

    When I read the headline I was hoping it meant that people were trying to convince Clinton to run after Obama has served two terms. That would be great.

    I personally would vote for McAuliffe, but I don't really see his appeal outside of Northern Virginia.

    November 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. JLS

    Maybe Terry can answer the question of his involvement in "Global Crossing" investments.

    November 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Grog in Ohio

    Good luck with that. Many people will remember McAuliff as the driving force behind Hillary Clinton's Republican style campaign. Not a good start.

    71 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    November 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Danny in Chicago

    Terry is an idiot. He represents old politics. If you want to go back to the past Virginia – or to a man who is pretty much nothing but a YES man, then go right ahead. I thought more of Virginia than this, but if you want to go ahead into the past that's your decision.

    Terry M isa man behind the times and without a path. Why would you want to add that to your progressive state?

    November 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Beverly, NYC

    Hope he runs his campaign better than Hillary's

    November 10, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. PDX Gal

    It's a new day. Sore losers can't compare.

    November 10, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Terry McAuliffe couldn't beat Barack Obama.
    But then again, he won't be running against Obama.

    So he should be OK.

    November 10, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. No More Republican "BS"

    I approve this as the new smack down for the GOP ....

    No more Republican "B" "S" ... that is "BORROW & SPENDING"

    Signed,

    The Other Campaign Strategist
    From 115th & Amsterdam Ave

    Democrats stand for trued fiscal responsibility as indicated by a balanced budget and a path to eliminating the National Debt.... NOT JUST TAX CUTS ... for the wealthy (Capital Gains tax cuts, Estate tax cuts, etc.)

    November 10, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Steve the Soothsayer

    Virginia needs this guy like Custer needed Sitting Bull.

    November 10, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Reid-Pelosi Congress approval rating November 10th, 2008 1:43 pm ET

    Joe Lieberman is not the worst Democrat I know.
    ---------------
    News flash: Joe Lieberman is NOT a Democrat. He is, however, the worst Non-Democrat I know!

    November 10, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. JUAN C AR LOS

    LLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEERRRRRRR

    November 10, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. JIM...TX

    Lot's of luck if he runs his campaign like he did Hillary's:)

    November 10, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. CanIcallyouJoe

    "Advisor" to Clinton as she was running?

    Does he even have any formal political education?

    ...and the ultimate question...

    ....will he be the one to answer that 3am phone call?

    November 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Clinton Delegate from California

    I worked hard with Terry McAliffe and Senator Clinton and I am looking forward to working hard for him and elect him the next Governor of Viginia.

    California for McAuliffe!!!

    November 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Ron of Baltimore

    Terry is one of the brightest, most upbeat, cross-cultural and cross-generational professionals I have ever come across. He studies and understands the isues of governance, and studies hard so that he can translate those issues into terms everyone can understand. He is articulate, intelligent, hardworking, and outgoing; add to this mix his organizing and leadership abilities, and Virginia becomes the luckiest state in the Union!

    Go Terry McAuliffe for Gernor of Virginia! Better yet, Senator!

    November 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. ANGIE

    NO WAY!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Gipper, St. Ann, MO

    Maybe I an just confused, but wouldn't Tim Kaine run for re-election?

    November 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Harvey in Va

    He has my vote already and it doesnot matter what any of these people say that do not live in Va.....its a waste of their time and ours so listen go comment on your states and stay out of Va politics PERIOD

    November 10, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Zoubir NYC

    One of the ruthless person I've watched on TV for a long time. People like him have no place in today's politic world. We need people who make things work not worse. One of the main reason Hilary's campaign went south is certainly because of him. Terry, people did not buy your rude messages and attitude the last time! why would they this time.

    November 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Every eligible democrat should run because every Republican will run. Wakeup people.

    November 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Beverly, NYC

    Anonymous November 10th, 2008 1:38 pm ET: You're a Republican? REALLY!!! Never would have guessed from your small minded posts.

    It's going to be a long 4 years for you and the rest of the dittoheads following your drug addled leader Rush Limbaugh. Feel free to leave the US of A , we would not want to insult you further by giving you a tax break so you can save or invest in your own future. Or have you cower in fear because we have allies around the world instead of enemies around every corner. Pick anywhere in the world you would like to live and I will gladly help you pack.

    November 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Ann

    CAN JOURNALISTS ACKNOWLEDGE THE 60% OF WHITE VOTERS OBAMA HAS RECEIVED
    ONLY TALKING ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE IS NOT APPEALING AT ALL.
    EVEN WITH A 50% SPLIT BLACK VOTES WOULD HAD STILL BE A WIN FOR OBAMA, SO WHY ONLY TALKING ABOUT US

    PS: HE IS NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN (his father was not slave nor american)
    STOP SAYING THAT ON CNN!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Bill - Chesterfield

    Maybe McAuliffe has enough money to overwhelm Deeds and Moran but I wonder if he can win the general election. He will certainly be vulnerable to the credible charges that he hasn't much of a clue about what's going on in Virginia or what problems we face.

    He places 3rd on my list of choices for the Democratic nomination.

    November 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. JM

    Just what the world needs, another political hack running for office.

    November 10, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. ryan

    i really really do not respect that man. he is just one large kitchen sink

    November 10, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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