January 26th, 2009
10:25 AM ET
7 months ago

McAuliffe out with first TV ad

Terry McAuliffe is up with the first television ad his gubernatorial run.
Terry McAuliffe is up with the first television ad his gubernatorial run.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Terry McAuliffe is wasting no time putting his sizable campaign war chest to work in his effort to become Virginia’s next governor.

McAuliffe released “Listened,” his first television ad of the election cycle, Monday. The 30-second spot released Monday focuses on the economy and job creation, and is set to air in the Norfolk region.

McAuliffe is a three-way contest for the Democratic nomination against former state delegate Brian Moran and state senator Creigh Deeds. Joe Trippi, former adviser to John Edwards and Howard Dean, will be acting as a media consultant for Moran.

The winner of the Democratic nomination will face off against Republican Bob McDonnell, currently serving as Virginia’s attorney general.

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    If I were Brian Moran----I would be looking for another media consultant---Howard Dean and John Edwards didn't fair well in their quest.

    January 26, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Gregory H. Brooklyn, New York

    Virginia is for lovers, not for Terry McAuliffe.

    January 26, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Franky

    Uh Huh, tough guy Terry, here he comes.

    You know, politicians should have their own nicknames . For real, how come is not like back in the day?? They cool nicknames back in the day but now, they got generic and unorthodox names. The "Slick schemer" or the "money collector." You know, something like that, LOL!!

    It should be "TGT", for tough guy Terry. That's not bad, he should take it before the deal is gone, I'll be waiting...LOL!

    January 26, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Reconciliation of Accountability

    McCauliffe won't be getting any VA governor primary endorsements from the head of the Democratic party.

    His vitriol towards the Obama camp during the Presidential primary won't soon be forgotten.

    January 26, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. RealityKing

    Nothing says the culture of corruption quite like insider campaign funding..

    January 26, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Kim

    After watching him during Clinton's run for president, I can't imagine who would vote for this guy.

    January 26, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. T D

    Why can't he understand that Virginians don't want him for our Governor? After the hackneyed way he ran Clinton's campaign, even declaring her the "next President of the United States" as he introduced her concession speech – the guy is delusional and has NO business running a state. He just sees this as the next step up.

    January 26, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Bill / California

    I'm a Democrat, but I never liked this guy. I'm glad Joe Trippi is working for one of his opponents. Trippi is an excellent fundraiser and campaign strategist, and hopefully his efforts will keep McAuliffe out of the governor's seat.

    January 26, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Chut Pata

    If he is going to run his campaign the way he ran Hillary's campaign. He is going nowhere.

    January 26, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. john w

    another Clinton retread, the more things 'change' the more they stay the same.

    January 26, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Goldn

    Other than doing shots of rum on, "Morning Joe" and spouting off incoherencies during Hillary's campaign what qualifications does he have?

    January 26, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. New Day

    Really? Isn't this election 2 years away? Can we file this under "who gives a crap" until the summer before the election?

    January 26, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. John

    Oh no, not this guy again...didn't the primaries teach him anything?

    January 26, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Marshall

    I just throw–up in my mouth

    January 26, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. roger in ga

    If Terry McAuliffe would govern Va. like he managed in the Clinton campaign, I would give serious thought to relocating to another state or finding someone who can beat him.

    January 26, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Uncle S.A.M./Virginia

    I don't want this guy as the Governor of the Commonwealth. He just doesn't look like he's built for the job. On top of that, he's got some big shoes to fill. Whoever plans on being the next governor needs to campaign on securing jobs and getting a light rail system that runs from VA Beach up to Richmond. That's the only way anyone will get my vote.

    January 26, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. Donna

    Maybe he learned something from his failures with Hillary and do better for himself!

    January 26, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Mike

    politics is nuthin more than musical chairs between the few...

    January 26, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. sandee in Portland

    After the way he ran Clinton's campaign, I certainly wouldn't want him running the state I live in. We already have a budget deficit in our state and with McAuliffe in charge, that would grow just like Hillary's campaign debt grew.

    January 26, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. cat

    Terry...Terry....Terry....I am rooting for you.

    January 26, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. nom deplume, esq.

    I guess the part of VA that lies outside the Beltway doesn't count for much. Will count for less after this guy gets to Richmond.

    January 26, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. CARLEY PURVAYEN

    Just go home, Terry, you nasty democrat.

    January 26, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. person

    This guy is such a conman!

    January 26, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |