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. Pound Gap, Virginia

    I am excited about Terry running for Governor. He will do an great job here in the Commonwealth. His ties to the Clintons can only help Virginia too!

    January 4, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Bill

    I can't think of a better way to unite the Republican party in 2009. Terry McAuliffe has spent his entire career attacking. What experience does he have in building anything? It would be like Bill O'Reilly running for Governor of NY. Here's hoping Terry wins the nomination so Republicans can be united against him.

    January 4, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Not amused in Virginia

    Democrats in Virginia already have two terrific HOME GROWN candidates who have been serving Virginia for many years - Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran. We don't need another Clinton retread carpetbagger.

    Besides, what happened to Terry's attempt to run for governor in Florida? How'd that work out?

    By the way, Humorless in Texas - the Virginia GOP already has its ticket, and it doesn't include Allen. The current Attorney General is the candidate for governor, and the current Lt. Gov is running for reelection.

    January 4, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Love the Media

    "McAuliffe says as he looks directly at the camera."

    Did Martina Stewart (the CNN writer) take this line from a P.R. puff piece? Where else would he be looking? Are we supposed to conclude that McAuliffe is especially rock-ribbed and dedicated compared to whatever Republican might run?

    Nice artificial drama there, Ms. Stewart.

    January 4, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Upstate NY Voter

    Would love see Terry McAuliffe get Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. He's from upstate (Syracuse), and he and his entire family are beloved in Central New York. Countless volunteer hours, generation donations, good hearts, and VERY smart!

    So if Virginia doesn't want him, I say offer Terry the NY Senate seat. As a matter of fact, don't wait. Do it now. He knows more than most about ALL of New York State (there's a great big state out there, NYC dwellers).

    Terry McAuliffe is a dedicated and savvy public servant. Caroline can't hold a candle him. And be re-elected in 2010 by a huge margin.

    January 4, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Sherrol in Canada

    I don't trust this guy, so can't believe in his candidacy. I believe he contributed to Hillary 's loss due to some of the reckless statements he made during the primaries.

    He helped to put Hillary's campaign off track, so even if he's in the running for Gov of Virginia, he'll probably end up shooting himself in the foot......unless he got some lessons from the Obama campaign!

    January 4, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Matt

    I think he would be a fine politician some where in some position but he has no shot at being the VA Gov. Even though the state is now purple-ish leaning blue the republicans still are very strong at the state and local levels. Also, when it comes down to it, outside of NOVA, VA does not like transplants.

    January 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Humored in Texas

    I'm "Humored in Texas" by all the expert, after-the-fact political experts and keyboard commandos as it relates to McAuliffe's handling of the Clinton campaign versus Obama. Nobody, and I mean nobody, could have foreseen the Obama tidal wave of support coming, so don't kid yourself into thinking McAuliffe contributed anything bad to Hillary's campaign!

    Look at it this way – if you want to know bad, elect the GOP, and they'll deliver bad in spades. They have sytematically allowed Bush and his crowd to destroy what had been built up and now the right-wing commandos are crucifying Obama when he hasn't even taken office yet! It must feel truly excellent to be blessed with such clarity!!!

    If you fear the future under Obama, go buy a huge island, set-up your government and infrastructure, and then invite George Bush to come in and "manage" it for you – just like he did the three companies he owned/managed – right into the ground!!!!!!

    January 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. maybe he will be good for Virginia

    me not being from Va. I wish them the best and hope if he wins he does a good job

    January 4, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. di

    i do not think he will win a governorship. i suggest he should he run for sheriff. he ran a very poor campaign that led hillary in debt to this day... are the people of VA ready to be led to the ground? another dempcrat yea not Terry.

    January 4, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Jen from VA

    There is no way in heck that the folks from VA will vote this man into office.

    January 4, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Rosslyn Sack

    Great. A carpetbagger who's going to pretend to be a real Virginian.

    Note – George Allen is the anti-thesis of a real Virginian.

    January 4, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. billy-bayou

    I cannot count the times I have read comments by "Texas Teacher"

    All i can say is THANK GOD my children and grandchildren have all completed their education. It would be depressing to know that they were being brainwashed by people who are deciples of Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dorn, Rasheid Kahalidi, Ward Curchill and others of that mind set, obama included.

    January 4, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. di

    why are you keeping me in moderation for suggesting Terry is not appriopriate for VA governor...? cnn you are not foxnews clear the comment.

    January 4, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    You have got to be kidding me. This guy is practically the US version of the Iraqi Minster of Information. He can't open his mouth without lying. I support the current administration and personally I would prefer if he was on the GOP side as complete fabrication of information is more of their territory

    January 4, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. honestly

    ........AND LOSE.........

    January 4, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Alvaro Aguirre

    Terry McAuliffe would be an outstanding choice for VA governorship. He is a talented, tough, and cares about the people.

    January 4, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. kushiro

    As someone who supports Obama, marginally supports Clinton, but recognizes the Democratic Party as just as morally bankrupt as the GOP, I say, please, Mr McAuliffe, go away. Make your millions consulting, lobbying for criminals, and sucking up to corporate interests and famous people, but please shut the hell up and stay away from the actual business of legislation.

    January 4, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. richard rohde

    The only bright side of this situaltion was he was Chairman of the DNC when Al Gore & John Kerry ran so that says a lot about his political skill's. That he ignited the hard core leftist hate groups that populate this board shows a lot about his people skills.

    January 4, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. WAB

    So, let me get this straight, you really don't have to be from VA to run for Governor? This guy is a buffoon who knows how to swindle money away from people under the guise of political connectedness. I trust the good people of VA will know better than to trust this carpetbagging louse.

    January 4, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    Mr. McAuliffe is probably one of the most disgusting and corrupt figures in the whole Clintons clan. Virginia, we still trust that your people could make a right choice this time (you did fail us with Obama).

    January 4, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. therealmarie

    Vile hman being, Virginia deserves soo much better.

    January 4, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. casper

    i don't have a clue, good luck virginia.

    January 4, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Wisest one of All

    Just another treasonous democrap piece of trash. Proven Fact!

    January 4, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Helen, VA

    Terry, you have no chance my friend. Please save your campaign money and also tax-payers money. Economy is bad. This time we will have Republican Governor. We do not need Democratic Governors because we already had in New York (Spitzer), Illinois ( Blago) and now In New Mexico (Richardson). Do you want to join them? Also funny thing is only Democratic Governors or NJ, Ohio, etc are asking for one trillion dollars bail-out because they do not know to manage their state. They are now looking at Barack the messiah, for help. Look at the states run by Republican Governors. They are doing fine. They do not need Federal bail-out. We Americans need these rogues from Democratic party and Media including CNN puts them on the pedestal. Where is Wolf Blitzer... Is he listening.....

    January 4, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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