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McAuliffe Responds to Schweitzer's 'Cry Like a Girl' Quip

When Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer explained to Washington Post national political correspondent Dan Balz why he endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor of Virginia, he said, "He's got the energy to take this all the way to the end, and when there's a bump in the road, he's not going to cry like a girl and quit."

That would be the same Terry McAuliffe who served as campaign manager to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first serious female contender for president. (She certainly wasn't a quitter, but Clinton did famously cry on the 2008 campaign trail in New Hampshire and Connecticut.)

We wondered what McAuliffe, who is a close confidant of Secretary of State Clinton, thought of Schweitzer's "cry like a girl" comment.

McAuliffe spokeswoman Lis Smith didn't directly address whether McAuliffe took offense at Schweitzer's jab at girls, but she joked, "Terry knows from first hand experience, few people shed more tears than the father of three daughters."

At this point, we're only hours away from seeing whether it will be McAuliffe, or one of the other two Democratic candidates, who cries like a girl after tomorrow's down-to-the-wire Virginia gubernatorial primary votes are counted.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 8, 2009; 3:06 PM ET
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Terry will be crying when he loses tomorrow. Hey Terry, what did you do with the money from pimping out the Lincoln Bedroom?

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | June 8, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

This thing is breaking for Creigh Deeds. That would not be a bad result for Virginia Democrats. Please think twice before voting tomorrow. This is not like a two-man race where your vote helps one person and hurts another -- so simple! This is a three-man race and the concern becomes splitting the vote between two guys and instead benefiting the third.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | June 8, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm a McAuliffe supporter in part because I see Terry McAuliffe as having real success in both quite meaningful public and private endeavors. Terry McAuliffe has delivered in most visible and high level public and private endeavors. Terry McAuliffe is a successful businessman. He is a superb manager and leader. He's taken risks in business. He has been a success in these business ventures creating thousands of jobs. As the Chairman of the DNC, he got the Democrats out of debt and started the development of the systems that have made Democrats more competitive in most parts of this country. Terry McAuliffe is a real democrat. He worked tirelessly and visibly all over this country to assist with getting President Obama elected.

I particularly like Terry McAuliffe's Business Plan for Virginia. Mr. McAuliffe does not trade in sound bites and platitudes masquerading as a plan to move Virginia forward. Mr. McAuliffe's plan has detail, a strategy to implement the Plan and costs associated with the Plan.

A vote for Terry McAuliffe is a vote for a true partner with President Obama. Terry McAuliffe will work smartly and tirelessly to bring good jobs to Virginia; jobs with good wages and good benefits.

While the Richmond “old boy network” is collecting Dominion Power donations or from whomever will donate; and arguing about whether to allow someone other than Dominion Power to build a power plant at Surry (as envisioned this plant will also burn biomass) , Terry McAuliffe will be implementing his Business Plan for Virginia and building wind farms off the Virginia coast. That’s 25% of Virginia’s energy needs created by clean wind power. That’s also jobs, good jobs, good wages and good benefits.

So tomorrow Vote Terry McAuliffe and shake up the old way of delay down in Richmond and let’s get moving on creating jobs.

Posted by: Willis3 | June 8, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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