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McAuliffe Gears up for "Tour" of Virginia

Tim Craig

Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe appears to be inching closer to making up his mind about whether he plans to run for governor next year.

McAuliffe was a guest on the Larry King Live show on CNN last night in support of Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama.

King asked McAuliffe if he will run for governor next year.

"Well, we are going to get through Tuesday with Senator Obama and then I'm going to take a tour around the state of Virginia and talk to the voters, let the voters tell me where they think we stand and I'll make a decision quickly thereafter," McAuliffe said.

King responded, "That sounds like he is running."

GOP Strategist Terry Holt, who was also on the panel, then said, "He already sounds like a politician. He won't give a straight answer."

McAuliffe responded, "Barack Obama, Mark Warner."

One of McAuliffe's potential opponents for the nomination, Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria), will get his turn on the national stage this evening. Moran is scheduled to be a guest on MSNBC with host David Shuster to discuss Virginia's role in the presidential race. Attorney Robert F. McDonnell, the likely GOP nominee for governor, will also appear on CNN's Situation Room this evening.

By Tim Craig  |  October 30, 2008; 10:40 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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Virginians would be lucky if Terry McAuliffe decided to run for Governor. He is dynamic with sharp ideas and would be a clear statement that Virginia has really changed and moved into the 21st Century.

I believe he would govern in the same way that Mark Warner did but have a little more guts when it came to being supportive of the rights of women and the GLBT community.

If Barack Obama can win Virginia I believe that Virginia will show it is ready for a socially progressive Governor who understands business and politics as well as McAuliffe does.

Posted by: peterdc | October 30, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Terry McAuliffe would make a great Governor and I for one will be delighted to canvass votes on his behalf if he decides to run. Looking forward to the campign already.

Posted by: patmcauliffe | October 30, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Terry is stepping on the toe of one of Virginia's First Families, the Morans. Brian Moran has already announced and McAuliffe is going to needlessly divide the state. How much you want to bet Terry pits NoVa against the south to try and defeat Moran. I'm going to start working for Moran asap.

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 30, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Having worked for Macker, there is no doubt he is a smart innovative political tactician who has rebuilt the national Democratic Party, but he is also a pure opportunist. As a good party man, I too feel he should not enter the VA gubernatorial race without serving as down ballot elected official first like Brian Moran has. Brian could have utilized his family's political history in VA to supercede the democratic candidacy order but has not. Mack, do not act contrary to your preachings of party first bro.

Posted by: BubbaMO | October 30, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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