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McAuliffe Begins Airing Radio Ads

Anita Kumar

On the day he officially kicks off his campaign for governor, Terry McAuliffe began airing his first radio ad.

In the ad called Join, McAuliffe introduces himself to Virginians and talks about his focus on improving the state's economy. He invites listeners to join him at a town hall meeting.

"Our next governor has to have what it takes to create jobs and grow our economy," McAuliffe says. "To build on the progress of Tim Kaine and Mark Warner - governors with business and executive experience who know that not every good idea comes from Richmond."

The 60-second ad is running on adult urban contemporary, gospel and religious radio stations in the Norfolk and Richmond media markets.

McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, faces state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath County and former state delegate Brian J. Moran of Alexandria in a June 9 Democratic primary.

McAuliffe kicks off his campaign this morning in Hampton Roads, starting a week-long swing of town hall meetings across the state. He will appear in Alexandria tonight and in the outer suburbs of Washington, including Loudoun and Prince William counties, on Saturday.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 7, 2009; 9:10 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Terry McAuliffe  
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Keep Va. for Virginians who have been borned and raised in Va. not some happy go lucky liberal from New York.

Posted by: dollars59 | January 7, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much that McAuliffe is a liberal or even that he's from New York that bothers me (many of us in Virginia were not born here but still love Virginia and now consider it home). No, it's more that he knows NOTHING about Virginia politics, and that he's basically provided tacit assurance that he will buy his way into power, as well as raise money for the House control in 2009 for Dems. I want that, but I don't think Terry should expect he can win power by seducing Virginia Democrats with gobs of money! Why does he want to be Governor of Virginia after being Chair of the DNC and being so prominent on the national stage? It doesn't add up.

We've got two excellent state level public servants who've been toiling and who are very knowledgeable about the issues and state legislative processes who are far better equipped to keep Richmond running well and keep Virginia among the best-run states in the country.

I personally know and like Brian Moran, and also have a high opinion of Creigh Deeds.

Terry McAuliffe's interest doesn't pass the skunk test, though.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | January 7, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dollars59 - For once I will agree with DouginMountVernon... many of us have moved here from other states and called VA home.

Speaking of which, Brian Moran and Terry have been in Virginia about the same amount of time - over 20 years. Moran wasn't born here, so let's set the record straight. He's a happy go lucky from Massachusetts. He wasn't involved in his community too long before he went after his first run at the House of Delegates, so please do some research on the matter.

McAuliffe has lived in VA for over 20 years. He's paid taxes, built businesses here, as well as sent his children to Virginia schools. I really don't see your argument as relevant at all.

So now to Doug's issues - I would say that someone who understands national politics, who has spent over 20 years in Virginia, and who has spoken with VA residents all over the Commonwealth understands Virginia politics. If he can advise the great former President Bill Clinton, run a successful US Senate campaign for Hillary, and energize voters throughout our state then I think he "knows" something about VA politics.

I still don't buy (pun intended) the argument about McAuliffe wanting to purchase his way into power. I have not seen any signs for voters to pick up checks or receive money for voting for him. If you have Doug, please let me know.

In the end, people will vote for the candidate of their choice. I can tell you with the all-star cast McAuliffe has put together - compared to the mediocre staff Moran has - and the amazing events McAuliffe is putting on across Virginia (including an incredibly successful event in Alexandria last night) - he is a truly magnetic candidate.

Posted by: UVANick | January 8, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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