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.
September 8, 2008; 5:31 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe
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