Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton delivered a very personal speech in support of her longtime friend Terry McAuliffe Monday night during a fundraiser she held at her home for his Virginia gubernatorial candidacy, one attendee told CNN.
This event marked Clinton's first foray into electoral politics since she left the State Department at the beginning of the year.
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Clinton called McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who was a major fund-raiser for both herself as well as Bill Clinton during his presidency, "industrious" and good at "getting things done," the attendee said. During the remarks she also ticked through McAuliffe's children describing attributes of each.
The speech, given without notes and lasting about 10 minutes, "was very personal," the attendee added. She did not mention the ongoing budget stalemate and looming government shutdown or McAuliffe's Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli.
Many of the 100 attendees were Virginia Democrats although some major Clinton associates attended, including consultants James Carville and Paul Begla and former White House Chiefs of Staff Mack McLarty and John Podesta.