March 3rd, 2009
03:35 PM ET
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McAuliffe asks Republican to condemn Limbaugh remarks

McAuliffe is trying to make Rush Limbaugh a campaign issue.
McAuliffe is trying to make Rush Limbaugh a campaign issue.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As national Democrats eagerly point to Rush Limbaugh’s influence among Republicans, one Virginia Democrat is looking to make the radio host a flash point in this year’s governor’s race.

Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman now seeking his party's nomination for governor, sent a letter Tuesday to the de facto Republican nominee, former state Attorney General Bob McDonnell, asking him to reject Limbaugh’s recent statement that he wants President Obama to fail.

“I know that you and I disagree on many issues, but I'm hoping that we can agree on this: hoping for failure isn't the right way to get our economy back on track,” McAuliffe wrote in the letter. “That's why I'm asking you to join me in condemning the remarks Rush Limbaugh made wishing for the President to fail.”

McAuliffe wrote that Virginians are concerned with getting the economy back on track and that Limbaugh’s comments are not constructive.

“I hope you'll join me in calling for Rush to start taking an approach that reflects the best of what our system stands for,” McAuliffe wrote.

McDonnell campaign spokesman Tucker Martin said McAuliffe "desperately wants our attention."

"And if he wins his competitive and tough primary in June he will get it," Martin said. "Until then, we wish him the best of luck.”

Current Virginia governor and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine highlighted Limbaugh’s influence in the GOP in multiple cable appearances Tuesday, calling the polarizing radio talker “the godfather” and “Wizard of Oz” of the Republican Party.

McAuliffe is competing against former House delegate Brian Moran and state senator Creigh Deeds in a three-way Democratic primary.

Story updated 5:00 p.m. EST


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Rush Limbaugh • Terry McAuliffe
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Anne

    Les...Let me be the first to thank you for leaving the Democratic Party. Your vile Obamachimp reference lets us know you didn't belong.I've heard stories about another party, more tolerant of such racist language and beliefs, who will embrace you...though I suspect you already knew that.

    March 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. Franky

    Ohh snaps, is "TGT!!" Tough Guy Terry is back! Don't think I haven't forgot his nickname, LOL!!

    Terry you slick motherf...LOL!!

    March 3, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. cnnnewser

    The republicans are scared of Limbaugh....and I think the entire main stream media is too!

    March 3, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Moving Forward!

    GOP lovers still don't know what socialist is all about. Apparently none of you who are so carelessly throwing "SOCIALIST" around like an ice cream flavor have heard of the U.S.S.R (UNITED SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLIC) otherwise known as COMMUNIST RUSSIA!!!!

    THE UNITED STATES IS NEITHER SOCIALIST NOR COMMUNIST!!! If you can't use the words then please stop using them. You all look like ignorant fools!

    March 3, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Terry Church

    Rush , You are a TRAITOR to the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, #1 All you have ever done is create turmoil. NOW, just for attention you would undermine not only the President, But the country that has given you the freedom to act so irresponsibly. You've gone to far. You are no better than a terrorist,and should be treated as such. Any REPUBLICAN who encourages you or endorses your treasonist attitudes should and probably will lose any backing from any american he or she was elected to represent.

    March 3, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. Mari

    Don't expect the Republican Party to do the right thing....afterall, they are vicious and hateful.

    March 3, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Keith in Austin

    Terry McAullif? Hehehehehe What would you expect from this loser?

    March 4, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
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