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On Fox, McAuliffe and Rove Wager $5 on Va., N.J.

Rosalind Helderman

Former Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe appeared this afternoon on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, along with Karl Rove, mostly to discuss recent charges by the White House that Fox's news coverage is slanted. But as the interview concluded, the two got into a brief but spirited debate over the outcomes of the Virginia and New Jersey races.

It started as Wallace was wrapping up the piece, with McAuliffe shouting out, "Democrats big win, Virginia and New Jersey, coming up!" That prompted Rove to pull out a folder he had brought for the occasion and hold up a print-out of a story from the Richmond Times Dispatch that ran just before the June 9 primary between McAuliffe, Brian Moran and now Democratic nominee Creigh Deeds.

Headline: McAuliffe says Deeds Can't Beat McDonnell

"I agree with Terry McAuliffe," Karl Rove said.

"I said Deeds can win. Of course he can win. He's gonna win," said McAuliffe.

"No, no. You said he can't beat McDonnell. Right there, right there," Rove said, waving the piece of paper.

"Is this Fox data?" McAuliffe shot back, with his ready smile, as Wallace laughed. But no, Rove explained, it was from the Richmond Times Dispatch in June.

"You said he couldn't win because Deed is for higher taxes. And, guess what? He's for higher taxes. You're, right. I agree with you, man," Rove said. "I totally agree with you man."

The two then began talking over each other, but as it dawned on McAuliffe that the story was from the primary, he piped in, "Why don't you have the stuff he said about me, in fairness?"

"I just agree with your opinion," said Rove with a laugh.

"That was back in the primary. I've got 250 people at my house today with Joe Abbey, the campaign manager, we are kicking off," McAuliffe said. (We're told this is the annual Fall Festival of the Dranesville Democratic Committee.) "Bill Clinton's coming Tuesday. Barack Obama's coming in. Creigh Deeds, going all the way."

"Five bucks says we win Virginia and New Jersey," Rove said.

"Five bucks, deal. Absolutely" agreed McAuliffe, as Wallace wrapped up and the two men shook hands.

"Jon Corzine wins by seven," said McAuliffe.

"Jon Corzine loses by two," Rove said.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 18, 2009; 2:36 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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Comments

It would have been more interesting if the bet had been on when the impeachment proceedings would begin.

Posted by: apberusdisvet | October 19, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

What is it about DEMs and lying? They can't even recognize their own lies. Pitiful lot. How about a story about that Ms. Helderman?

Posted by: mgrantham2 | October 19, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

mgrantham2 wrote: What is it about DEMs and lying? They can't even recognize their own lies. Pitiful lot. How about a story about that Ms. Helderman?
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LOL! I imagine she will get to it after she completes the ten volume tome about republican lying. The repubs "wrote the book" on lying. And "Fox Info"? Ha, ha. Bullseye Terry!

Posted by: Pearl77 | October 19, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

apberusdisvet wrote: It would have been more interesting if the bet had been on when the impeachment proceedings would begin.
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That would have been an interesting bet a year or two ago. Too late now, though.

Posted by: Django48 | October 19, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Karl Rove out to be saving his money for Canteen when he goes to prison. Google Karl Rove's DAD. The apple doth not fall far from the tree. He is irrelevent.

Posted by: NGrunge | October 19, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

It won't do any good but the elite from the R party will spend at least 5 billion dollars to try and prove Rove right.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | October 19, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Faux news not long ago they ran a story that Obama shut off the water to the farmers in the San Joaquin Valley in California to save some fish. The real truth was that after an 18 year legal battle won by the Natural Resources Defense Council in 2006 while Bush was president an agreement was finally reached on what was to be done in regard to the water flow. {SURE SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER LIE BY LOUD MOUTH HANNITY}

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | October 19, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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