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Chris Matthews Predicts McAuliffe Gubernatorial Bid

Hardball Host Chris Matthews has stoked the speculation that Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, plans to run for governor of Virginia in 2009.

In between segments of his show on Monday night, Matthews referenced a Washington Post article from two weeks ago in which McAuliffe refused to bat down rumors he was interested in getting into the race.

Matthews, without citing sources, then said, "the fact is Terry McAuliffe is running for governor of Virginia next year." Matthews added, "he's running hard" and will have a huge warchest.

A few minutes later, Matthews asked Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) about the speculation that McAuliffe wants to run for governor. Kaine said he was "intrigued" by the idea.

"It used to be, to get someone to run statewide as a Democrat, it was almost like getting Mikey to eat the cereal, no one wanted to do it," said Kaine, who added people are now interested in running for the job because Virginia is a competitive state.

By Tim Craig  |  September 8, 2008; 5:31 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe  
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As a resident of Southwest Virginia, I do foresee a McAuliffe candidacy for Governor of Virginia is as likely as Mary Sue Terry returning to Virginia statewide politics.

McAuliffe's background only attracts him to the implants of Northern Virgina and nowhere else. Southwest Virginians and Tidewater residents would find him an outsider who knows nothing little about the Southern culture that lives strong beyond the Beltway. Virginia politics surrounds itself by Virginia insiders. Though Kaine and Mark Warner are originally from out of state--they have had more than twenty years of experience combined in local Virginia or state politics.

Being a Clintonite doesn't match success in the Old Dominion.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

It was reported during the DNC that Terry McAuliffe did not stay in Denver to see our nominee's historic acceptance speech. This was reported in time for him to change his plane ticket or to explain what overriding personal or medical reason (if any) required him to leave. Virginia Democrats are strongly pro-Obama, who won the primary here by a wide margin. By that point in the convention, McAuliffe should have been also. I can't imagine voting for him.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | September 9, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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