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