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Terry McAuliffe for President 2020?

Terry McAuliffe for President 2020?

Tuesday’s Virginia election reignites talk of McAuliffe 2020 Presidential Bid: “Let’s Talk After I Get Out of Here”

There has long been a lot of buzz about Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe (D) running for president in 2020.  In the wake of Tuesday’s strong showing for Democrats in Virginia, McAuliffe’s potential for a presidential bid in 2020 has improved.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton in which Sharpton asked about his 2020 plans, McAuliffe said “let’s talk after I get out of here.”

The Washington Examiner reports:

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has been stuck at the bottom of all the 2020 presidential polls, saw his political stock soar last week when his party scored huge election victories, cementing his legacy and giving him a platform to run on.

“Certainly Tuesday night was a triumph for McAuliffe, who looks like a potential if not likely presidential contender. His pitch is simple: ‘We took on Trump in Virginia and won,’” said Kyle Kondik, the managing editor of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics Sabato Crystal Ball.

While an anti-Trump wave certainly helped Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam succeed McAuliffe, several insiders credit the governor with restoring a broken party organization and keeping many of his promises for the big win.

“I think he can make just as compelling a case as anybody at this point. He was consistently a popular governor, he followed through on a lot of his promises, he found a way to work with an overwhelmingly Republican General Assembly where he could and did battle when he needed to,” said one-time aide Mo Elleithee, the director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Policy at the McCourt School of Public Policy.

Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, added that in his polls, McAuliffe has remained popular and Virginians feel far better about their economy than the rest of the nation.

“That’s got to be good for any governor,” said Kidd, who added that he expects McAuliffe to run in 2020.

On MSNBC this morning, Sharpton asked McAuliffe for a “yes or no” answer to the question of whether he plans to run for president in 2020.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

McAuliffe was interviewed by Al Sharpton in the wake of a successful election night for Democrats on Tuesday.

Democratic candidate Ralph Northam handily won the race to succeed him as governor. In addition to sweeps of the Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor races, the party made what McAuliffe called “historic” gains in the Virginia House of Delegates.

After McAuliffe asserted voters in Virginia had shown they were rejecting President Donald Trump’s agenda, Sharpton brought him up as a possible challenger to Trump in four years.

“Yes or no answer, because I’m out of time. You mention that Northam won, he’s succeeding you,” Sharpton said. “Will we see McAuliffe in 2020 on the list of possible Democratic candidates for president? Yes or no?”

“Reverend, I’m going to finish this job strong. Let’s talk after I get out of here,” McAuliffe said. “People are paying me to be governor, and that’s what I’m doing.”

“That was not a no,” Sharpton said.



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pablo panadero | November 12, 2017 at 1:07 pm

I don’t think there is enough felon vote to win in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin in order for him to flip those and win the presidency.

conservative tarheel | November 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

let him try …. and spend lots of money doing it ….

Two obvious problems as a Democrat …
1) McAuliffe is a member of a ‘privileged’ group
2) McAuliffe is not a member of a protected group

    4th armored div in reply to Neo. | November 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    3) he’s part of the Clinton Crime Family
    4) it’s still a womyn’s turn – donch know

    Easily enough countered. All he needs is a ‘woke’ female VP, like Tulsi Gabbard from HI. She ticks all the talking points: ex-military, minority, female, pro-choice, pro-same sex marriage, et al…

Terry McAuliffe had a hand in telling the Charlottesville police to stand down. He is partially responsible for the death of that young woman there.

Funny stuff.

‘We took on Trump in Virginia and won,’said Kyle Kondik

You took him on—for real—in 2016 and won in Virginia. You just didn’t win the White House.

I wish the Dems a future of many more wins like that.

How about any one of these lovely pairings, for the Dumb-o-crats in 2020?

McAuliffe-Harridan Kamela Harris
Kamela Harris-Keith “Hakim” Ellison

The possibilities are endless when the Party’s “elites” represent a motley band of radical neo-communist kooks, shrill scolds and termagants, anti-Semitic pro-Islamic hustlers and old-school, corrupt and self-enriching Dumb-o-crat apparatchiks.

    Tom Servo in reply to guyjones. | November 12, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    How could you leave off my Favorite?

    Al Franken & Gertrude Stein, on the memorable Franken-Stein ticket!

    Old0311 in reply to guyjones. | November 12, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Sir, I am deeply troubled that you omitted Shelia Jackson Lee from your list. I will admit that she hasn’t been able to keep up with the silliness of other democrats, but as a fellow Texan I believe she will be the village idiot at the end of the day.

Rick the Curmudgeon | November 12, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Over Hillary’s dead body!

Or yours.

Take your pick, McAuliffe.

    I don’t see him crossing the Clintons. He is one of theirs. Bought and paid for. Which is to say, that he won’t directly run against her, and if she openly runs for the nomination, I expect that he would be one of the first to pull out and support her. But if she doesn’t? Isn’t healthy enough, or is too old to run? I think that he will try to get their implicit, or maybe even explicit support.

McAauliffe 2020

Make Corruption Great Again

I understand ambition. But he is male, and it is, apparently, a womyn’s turn. Plus, he is an insider, who would be runnng against a sitting Presidential insider. As we saw this week, VA loves their insiders. Their lobbyists. Etc. or, at least the Dems around DC, who depend on cronyism for their livelihoods. Doesn’t work outside the beltway, and, in particular, in the parts of Trump America that he would have to flip to win. Throw in his having traded giving felons the vote, for their votes. Not going to play well outside the bluest sections of the country, and esp anywhere that law and order are important.

Imagine the dirt on this guy that’ll turn up?

Let hillary mcalluffe run.

He is a Clinton creature. That brand is being increasingly devalued, even among Democrats.

Rick the Curmudgeon | November 12, 2017 at 8:20 pm

He might wind up in the VP slot to bring the support of the Clinton machine into the campaign.

McAuliffe ran the economy here into the ground. Look at VA’s plummeting ranking of states to do business.

He expanded the hell out of Medicaid here too and got a whole bunch of dependent voters to migrate to the state, particularly to the NoVA sectors. He won’t play well nationally IMO.

Bitterlyclinging | November 13, 2017 at 7:16 am

Two words for Terry McAuliffe in 2020: Gary Winnick.

Winnick was the CEO of start up Global Crossing and a golfing partner of William Jefferson Clinton and Terry McAuliffe on Martha’s Vineyard during ‘Slick’s’ time in office.
McAuliffe put a pittance into Winnick’s start up venture, sold his stock in the company taking a substantial sum out of the marketplace just days before Global Crossing’s bankruptcy filing.
The SEC implored Winnick to put a few millions of his ill gotten gains after the filing into a fund for the widows and orphans left holding the bag after the filing, but like the biblical Angel of Death passed right on by McAuliffe leaving him free to take his part of the scheme straight to the bank, laughing all the way.
Its not whachano, its whoyano.

Rick the Curmudgeon | November 13, 2017 at 10:04 am

Yes. We’ll have to remember that name if McAuliffe gets any traction.