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New McAuliffe Ad Features Clinton

Rosalind Helderman

After picking up the endorsement of Virginia's largest black newspaper yesterday and the civil rights group the Crusade for Voters last week, Terry McAuliffe today is pressing his advantage in the African American community with a radio ad in Richmond and Norfolk noting the endorsements and featuring President Bill Clinton saying McAuliffe is "made for this moment in history."

McAuliffe clearly is confident that any resentments sparked during last year's presidential primary campaign, when Clinton's heated rhetoric leading to the South Carolina primary upset many black voters, are now long past. After all, Hillary Clinton and Obama appear close.

Assuming McAuliffe is right, the ads not only could draw votes from a key constituency but could help boost his friend Clinton's image as well, suggesting that last year's unpleasantness has not permanently damaged his once-stellar reputation in the black community.

Hear the ad here:







By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 29, 2009; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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