May 18th, 2009
08:59 AM ET
5 years ago

McAuliffe blasted by rival for supporting Hillary Clinton

McAuliffe supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary campaign.
McAuliffe supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary campaign.

(CNN) - Virginia gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran is hammering his Democratic primary rival Terry McAuliffe for backing Hillary Clinton instead of Barack Obama throughout much of the presidential race.

The Moran campaign is hoping a new 60-second radio ad running on black radio stations in Virginia will remind African-American voters - likely to be a crucial voting block in the June 9 Democratic primary - of McAuliffe's full-throated support for Clinton and his past criticisms of Obama.

"Terry McAuliffe may have a lot of big money for his campaign, but don't let that hide the truth," the ad's narrator says. "The truth is, Terry McAuliffe led the campaign that ran the '3 a.m.' attack ad against Barack Obama. McAuliffe worked to put up the ads that questioned Obama's ability to be president."

The new attack is especially pointed because McAuliffe has gone to great lengths to model elements of his gubernatorial campaign after Obama's, which won Virginia in both the Democratic primary and the general election. In March, McAuliffe's campaign ran an ad on black radio stations proclaiming: "In 2008, our voices were heard when we elected our president, Barack Obama."

But Moran's new ad claims that, "if Terry McAuliffe had his way, Barack Obama wouldn't be our president today." Referring to a light-hearted appearance by McAuliffe on The Daily Show last June, the ad says that "McAuliffe even went on national TV and joked Barack Obama could, quote, 'kiss my ass.'"

The McAuliffe campaign called the ad "false and misleading" and accused Moran of "trying to divide Democrats again, especially at a time when we all need to come together to help President Obama get the economy back on track." The campaign said McAuliffe "fought tirelessly" for Obama after the primaries ended.

Moran and McAuliffe are competing against Creigh Deeds for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. The winner of that contest will face Republican Bob McDonnell in the general election.

UPDATE: The McAuliffe campaign responded again Monday by rolling out the endorsement of Tom Daschle, who co-chaired Obama's campaign.

"From the day Hillary Clinton ended her historic bid for president, Terry worked tirelessly to unify our party around Barack Obama and get him elected President," Daschle said in a statement. "His energy and enthusiasm were tremendous assets on the campaign trail and we were grateful to have him on our side."


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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. tess

    virginians have too much class to put a low-rent like mcawful in office representing them! he is the lowest of the low and needs to find a new place to call home – someplace where lying, smearing people, snearing at everybody who doesn't agree with him and saying vile and despicable things are acceptable! maybe with all that baggage he should just pack it in and take a trip to oblivion---

    May 18, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. andrew

    have you learned anything from the last election republicans? remember how much dirt you threw at obama, and remember how clean he came out? stop the attack ads, it aint a good look..

    May 18, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. pam Eugene OR

    The ads are true. Terry did fight hard and below the belt to elect Clinton. It is pretty dishonest for him to now say otherwise. He is one of the primary reasons Clinton stayed in the race so long and made it get so ugly.

    May 18, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. Larry

    Is it Moran or Moron?

    May 18, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. Independent

    Excuse me, what is wrong that he backed Hillary....we all have the right to choose....don't we????

    May 18, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. Monrob

    Mr. Moran, I did the same. Hillary Clinton should have been our president, not the jerk in office.

    May 18, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'd rather have Moran over McAuliffe any day of the week.

    May 18, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Virginia gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran has made a mistake with this ad. For it was not Terry McAuliffe's support of Hillary Clinton that makes him seem like such a sleeze ball, it was the way he supported Hillary Clinton.
    Terry McAuliffe said some pretty terrible things and assisted in directing her campaign down such a negative path. His negativity and sleezy-ness is what brought Hillary down.
    The description of this ad makes it seem like supporting Hillary was a bad thing. It was not. Hillary Clinton is great! I love her and the work she is doing now, in spite of all the mean and terrible things others say about her. She has always been, in my eyes, an avid servant of the people.

    May 18, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Kathy S. Cloughn

    What's important is that we came together as Democrats to support Obama. That's what it's all about...supporting your candidate and then supporting the parties candidates.

    May 18, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Alex in IL

    Hopefully Moran is successful in his attacks and gets the democratic nomination and wins the general, because McAulliffe would be a disaster as the states next governor.

    May 18, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Does it really matter? If both of them support the current president's plan and will work for a better Virginia, then what does it matter to the residences of the commonwealth? I know that in every election, there will be some that back the winner and loser. You just don't know who it is until after the election (or primary) is over.

    May 18, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. jerry

    that could be a good thing for him, the way Obama is spending our Tax money, Terry McAuliffe should beat Brian Moran in a land slide

    May 18, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. w.l. jones

    Most of the colored people in Virginia is dark skin cau. said enough.

    May 18, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Kevin in Ohio

    Love it when I see the dems resorting to their usual tactics against themselves. And even playing the race card....... Predictable. Very predictable.

    May 18, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. phoenix86

    Terry McAuliffe's belief that Obama does not have the competency to be POTUS is the ONLY thing that McAuliffe has right.

    May 18, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. George

    How basic and stupid is this man, his claim is based on silly political gain rathern issues. McAuliffe supported HC, what has that got to do with his ability to govern. Terry has a long political carrer/record, its foolish to compaign against him simply because he supported a particular candidate over the other. Go Terry, you have the depth and what it takes to lead, from VA-WH (2020)

    May 18, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Mississippi Mike

    Thou mayest not have supported any politician aside from the One, Barack Obama. Any politican who opposes the One will be the subject of constant, frenzied attacks from comunity organizers and liberal political action committees. So let it be written, so let it be done.

    May 18, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Dino

    I'd love to waterboard Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney. George Bush should be in prison for war crimes. You right wingers are disgusting.

    By the way, Notre Dame, Anit-choicers, and Catholics SUCK!!!

    May 18, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Great! Now we're trying to pick op on the bad habits of the right-wing by playing 'divide and conquer'. We have our President playing the uniter at commencement addresses and abroad, and these two idiots are giving in to their basest impulses. Jerks!

    May 18, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Is it any wonder the American public overall hates politicians?

    May 18, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. josh

    Yea, and moran is supporting a guy who sanctioned the use of racism allegations against the Clintons.

    May 18, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. SEL

    Wow. Moran is classy. Did he miss that the primary is over? That voters don't care anymore?

    May 18, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Rob

    And the funny thing is Dems ALWAYS accuse Republicans of being the only ones who play the race card. THEY PLAY IT AGAINST THEIR OWN PARTY! I don't think there's a Dem out there who would try to turn and twist race into their advantage.

    The sad part is, unfortunately there are people of color who are duped by all these Dem lies. Just wait, if McAuliffe wins all of the sudden he'll be painted as the compassionate one because he is of the same party as Obama, and the Republicans will go back to being the racists. At least it's to the point now where the Dem playbook is predictable.

    May 18, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. Bill

    Please I thought the 2008 Presidental primary was over?

    I also supported then Senator Clinton too. I am glad I am not running for office.

    May 18, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    Oh...... please..... let's get over it! The primaries are always brutal! What's most important is that........ HOPE WON!

    May 18, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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