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McAuliffe Unveils New Ad Mentioning Obama

Tim Craig

Terry McAuliffe released a new 60-second radio ad today that is aimed at African-American voters in the Richmond and Hampton Roads media markets.

In the ad, McAuliffe says he fought when he was chairman of the Democratic National Committee earlier this decade to protect voting rights and he takes credit for helping to elect President Obama last year.

"Did you know that Terry McAuliffe fought to protect voting rights and led the effort to give Democrats in our region a stronger voice in deciding the party's presidential nominee?" a female asks in the ad.

"That's right," a male says. "Terry McAuliffe defended our rights and was the leader who brought us together and united the party. And in 2008 our voices were heard when we elected our president, Barack Obama."

McAuliffe was a national chairman of Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign during last year's Democratic primary. In that role, he was a frequent critic of Obama and his campaign. But after he started eyeing a bid for governor, McAuliffe campaigned for Obama around the state.

McAuliffe's efforts to link himself to Obama will surely become fodder for his opponents, former delegate Brian Moran and Sen. R. Creigh Deeds.

Moran and Deeds, however, can't link effectively link themselves to the Obama movement either. They both stayed neutral in last year's Democratic primary, only getting behind Obama when it was clear he had secured the nomination.

And because McAuliffe is the only candidate with the resources to extensively advertise, he so far has the early advantage in trying to create a narrative for African-Americans that he played a major role in Obama's victory.

As the campaign unfolds, however, McAuliffe's previous statements about the Obama campaign last spring could enter the discussion.

By Tim Craig  |  March 18, 2009; 2:01 PM ET
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Are you kidding me? Terry McAuliffe was a Johnny-come-lately to the Obama campaign, only supporting him after Queen Hillary did everything to ruin Obama's campaign. McAuliffe was complicit in Clinton's disgusting campaign tactics and went on in the primaries when it was clear she couldn't catch up in delegates or popular vote totals. African-Americans will not be fooled by this snake oil salesman once someone details all his anti-Obama antics in 2007 and 2008.

Also, he did not "fight" for voting rights. He had no power to draft or vote on legislation as DNC chairman, and I don't remember him going out of his way to attend any voting rights rallies or marches. What a phony this guy is.

Posted by: profyle424 | March 18, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I think you are speaking of things you know little about. McAuliffe did fight to protect voting rights and was very instrumental in get out the vote drives, as well as voter protection programs - even here in Virginia.

Moran and Deeds also were Johnny-come-lately guys, but McAuliffe actually had the resources and organization to campaign for Obama once the primary was over. His candidate lost and he moved forward to help Obama win. Get over it.

Posted by: UVANick | March 19, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse


You such a shill for the McAuliffe campaign and you have the nerve to attack me? Why don't you get over your adulation of this carpetbagging opportunist. He didn't "step forward" to do anything of substance for the Obama campaign, and he only went around the state to promote himself for his gubernatorial run.

The Obama campaign WAS ALREADY ORGANIZED. What are you talking about? Why do you think he beat the establishment candidate? McAuliffe did not do anything to strengthen vote drives other than hole himself in Clinton's Arlington offices. It sounds like you're the one who doesn't know what the heck they're talking about. Get over yourself you condescending jerk.

Posted by: profyle424 | March 20, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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