January 4th, 2009
12:42 PM ET
13 years ago

Longtime Clinton aide says he'll run for VA governor

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – After years at the side of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Terry McAuliffe told supporters Saturday night that he intends to run for Virginia’s highest political office.

“On January 7, I will announce my candidacy for the governor of Virginia,” McAuliffe said in a video e-mailed Saturday evening and posted on terrymcauliffe.com.

“As governor, I’ll make it my job to protect your job, grow this economy, make Virginia a leader in renewable energy, focus on long term transportation solutions, and give our children the best education so they have a chance to pursue the American dream right here in Virginia,” McAuliffe says as he looks directly at the camera.

Striking a theme reminiscent of President-elect Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, McAuliffe told supporters, “When it comes to fixing our economy, there’s no such thing as a Republican job or a Democratic job.”

“It’s about bringing people together create good jobs. That’s the kind of leadership I believe in.” he added.

The formal announcement of McAuliffe’s candidacy has been expected for some time. McAuliffe, a longtime aide of both former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton, most recently served as the national chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Virginia Republicans have nominated Robert McDonnell, the state’s Attorney General, to try to reclaim control of Richmond for the GOP. McDonnell has already been endorsed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

McAuliffe faces primary competition from at least two fellow Democrats: state Sen. Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran, a member of the state House of Delegates and the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, also have announced their candidacies for governor.


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  1. Adam from Ohio

    I'm a lifelong Democrat and was a big Obama supporter and, sorry, I find Terry McAuliffe to be a total joke. He's a schmuck who will do nothing but bring the resurgent Democratic party in Virginia down with his clownish antics and discredited centrist positions. I hope the primary voters in Virginia have enough sense to say thanks but no thanks.

    January 4, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Who was Michael Connell?

    Theres something about this guy that I dont trust, and I voted for Clinton both times.

    January 4, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Susan

    “On January 7, I will announce my candidacy .."

    Didn't he already do that?

    We dems need to get away from Clinton legacy. I was truly dissappointed by Obama when he chode Hillary as Sec-State after all the nasty politics she did.

    January 4, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Casey

    He definetely understands strategy. I just don't get the "feel" that he can pull it off. Some people are all star "supporting cast" members, and I think McAullife fits this category. Unfortunately for the more ambitious, this doesn't always translate into all star "lead" role. We will see.

    January 4, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. JJ in NY

    BULL !

    If you lie down with dogs like the clintons, then you come up smelling like one. We have enough clintonistas in government jobs, and we certainly don't need any more clinton puppets in high places .

    January 4, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. steve

    Harry Reid's plan to meet with the minority republicans to seat Roland Buris is a disgrace to the democratic party.
    He doesn't need the Republican approval to seat this senator from Illinois.
    He had showed weak leadership at every turn and should be replaced with somebody with a spine if the Democratic party really want a bold agenda for this country.

    January 4, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. mike-wpb

    This political hack is nothing but a PARTISAN bomb thrower... he spouts all the tired euphemisms about how he will help create jobs, better education, lower crime, etc etc etc... we've heard this BS before for decades... 8 years of Clinton, crime lower?, education better? manufacturing jobs stay in the USA? 8 years of Bush, lower crime?, better schools? no more jobs going overseas? It's all BS from these professional political hacks...

    January 4, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Hillary Clinton did not lose because of Terry McAuliffe! She lost because Barack Obama was just too appealing to Americans. Nobody could have beaten Obama no matter what they tried against him. She had a campaign message of everything revolves around Hillary Clinton, that was the wrong approach.

    Unity and Change that Obama promised were the concepts that the Americans liked the most during the election. Bury the resentment, Hillary will perform better as Secretary of State than she would as president anyways. As for Terry McAuliffe there is no reason why he would not perform well as governor of Virginia, he will do a great job for that state.

    January 4, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Los Angeles

    Hillary Clinton did not lose because of Terry McAuliffe! She lost because Barack Obama was just too appealing to Americans. Nobody could have beaten Obama no matter what they tried against him. She had a campaign message of everything revolves around Hillary Clinton, that was the wrong approach.

    Unity and Change that Obama promised were the concepts that the Americans liked the most during the election. Bury the resentment, Hillary will perform better as Secretary of State than she would as president anyways. As for Terry McAuliffe there is no reason why he would not perform well as governor of Virginia, he will do a great job for that state.

    January 4, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. tess

    this snake smiling lookalike is the epitome of the left-over clintonistas. when will we ever be rid of this garbage? the american people need to get over the blinders thy have worn when looking at billary – they are self-serving egotist who need to GO AWAY!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Texas Teacher

    Oh, come on, Terry.... I mean seriously! The Republicans have been drunk with power and out of control for 8 years....it is time to take whip and chair and drive them back into their caves! *LOL*

    Sorry, I couldn't resist! Actually, I'm all for this "all the People" business... but it's hard to keep a straight face looking up from this black abyss we have been dug into! 🙂

    January 4, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Proud to Support the President Elect

    What a loud mouth idiot.

    January 4, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Texas Teacher

    *looking all around in total confusion* WHERE IS EVERYONE? I feel so alone.... *LOL*

    January 4, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Toby in Illinois

    Too many of the same names, over and over and over again. It's starting to look like the Roman Senate. But no Cicero.

    January 4, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. observer

    Bet Virginia is panting at the prospect !

    January 4, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Chance Haywood

    Why are Texans approving of a Virginia candidate? Are you going to be represented by him? Has he been elected to some office in Texas that I'm unaware of? You only basis for support of this person is his involvement with the Clintons and that (D) next to his name. He has not demonstrated he is worthy of this office or any other yet.

    January 4, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Ted

    Deeds for governor!

    January 4, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. TrueIndependent

    Just 2 points:

    1. When did Democrats start rewarding people with abysmal management skills? Is this not the same man who mismanaged Hilary's campaign and said Obama would be history by super Tuesday?

    2. Surely, you must know that quite a number of Republicans who voted for Obama really despise the Clintons, especially in VA? If not, you are in for a huge disappointment.

    Terry will not carry VA!

    January 4, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. crowtrob

    he won't even beat creigh deeds in the primary. deeds is more of a centrist democrat, something required here in va. Terry McAuliffe is too left and a carpetbagger much like his fromer boss. that doesn't fly in va. (and yes, i also am a carpetbagger, having moved here on the last ten years, but i am not running for office). deeds is very popular and home grown. i don't think mcauliffe has a chance.

    January 4, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. drummajor66

    This news is soooooooooooo old. Come on you surely don't get paid for this, do you?
    Just asking

    January 4, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. dilmont

    "I am going to announce on Jan 7 that I am running for governor." Uh, maybe you didn't notice but, you just announced you are running for governor.

    Geez, what's next? "On Feb 1, I will announce my three point property relief plan consisting of: Point 1......"

    January 4, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. the idiot

    Yes Texas Teacher and the NEA will lead the way just like it has for the last 50 failed years with the complicit support of the libs and ACORN to elect another union toady.

    January 4, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Ernie in LA

    Dear Texas Teacher. You are frustrated with Rebublicans? Don't forget who is running Congress and how many people are frustrated with them.

    January 4, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Paul - Georgia

    One thing is certain: Terry will be out smiling, talking hopefully like he's still got a shot, regardless of how he is polling.

    January 4, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Kevin

    I don't care much for Terry. I think he is the King of Spin and that's not what we need in politics. We need someone strightforward and completely honest. Listening to him during the primaries convinced that Terry is a part of the old guard of politics that Obama is trying to weed out. And I agree. There is a better choice out there for the people of Virginia.

    January 4, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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