Hillary Clinton Endorses Terry McAuliffe

Clinton endorses McAuliffe Photo Credit: Twitter

Clinton endorses McAuliffe
Photo Credit: Twitter

Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance Saturday evening in Falls Church, Virginia to endorse gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. She praised him saying McAuliffe “has maybe the biggest heart and the most open mind of anyone you’ll ever meet…Terry has always been there for me, and I’m pleased to be here for him.” According to CBS news, McAuliffe and Clinton are long time friends. McAuliffe was once the co-chair of her 2008 presidential bid and a former key fundraiser for her husband, former President Clinton, during his time in public office.

She took the opportunity to talk about key women’s issues as the event was sponsored by Women for Terry McAuliffe. “The whole country is watching to see if the rights of women and girls will be respected, especially over our own bodies and health care,” says Clinton. “You will not have to worry about that with Terry McAuliffe in the governor’s office.”

McAuliffe holds a slight lead over candidate Ken Cuccinelli in the latest polls. Elections will be held November 5.

What McAuliffe Would Have to do if Elected

With only two and half weeks left until Election Day, the most recent polls have suggested Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe will come out on top as Virginia’s next Governor. If that is the final result, there are a lot of things he’s going to have to do to prove himself.

One of the biggest concerns is going to be forming a relationship with the House of Delegates, which is completely dominated by Republicans. Starting in January, he will try to begin passing ethics reform and expanding Medicaid, which will become a challenge with the GOP. He is going to have to try really hard to get close to House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford).

Terry is also infamous for misrepresenting facts and this could really hurt him because the people of Virginia might have a hard time believing what he says. He has to make up for a lot of lost credibility because of the recent scandal involving him investing with a Rhode Island enterprise that ultimately deceived terminally ill people and took their money, even though the scandal was misreported and McAuliffe was not involved.

Governor Bob McDonnell (R) and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli have both given the people plenty of reasons not to trust the ones in charge. This is going to be very important for Terry McAuliffe to change if he is elected governor.

In order to regain the trust of Virginians, he is going to have to give them a reason to put their faith in him. He needs to educate himself on the state, especially since he has never worked in Richmond before. In order to succeed, he has to have well-educated people on his side.

In an article published by The Washington Post, an anonymous Richmond politician said, “Talking to him, it’s just amazing what he doesn’t know. He has a sufficient grasp to get him through campaigns and debates, but not necessarily through the nuts and bolts of governing.”

Not everything is negative, though. McAuliffe does have one very positive and powerful asset on his side: he’s not Ken Cuccinelli. He promised the people of Virginia a more moderate and fluid candidacy as governor, as opposed of the strongly conservative and right-winged Tea-Partiers who have been running the state. If he stays more towards the middle and listens to both sides of every argument and debate before making a decision, his term as governor could be very fulfilling for the state of Virginia.

The race isn’t completely over yet, but with two weeks left, it looks like this is the most plausible outcome.

Rubio Stumps with Cuccinelli

Because of Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s opposition of Obamacare, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) joins Cuccinelli in Virginia for support in the final legs of the Virginia gubernatorial race, according to Politico.

Rubio believes the outcome of the Virginia race will send a message to the rest of the country. “This is a precursor for what’s going to happen in 2014 and what’s going to happen after that in 2016,” Rubio told donors at a luncheon a few blocks from the state capitol. “We can’t wait until 2016 to start the work. We’ve got to start now. We’ve got to start in Virginia.” Rubio argued that the Virginia race has “dramatic implications for the future of our country.”

Cuccinelli is trying to capitalize on President Obama’s slipping approval ratings and will parade around Virginia with many high-profile politicians between now and the November election day. He has appeared or is planned to appear with heavy-hitters such as Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) as well as former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

Will Cuccinelli’s heavy-hitting friends win him votes in Virginia?

McAuliffe Slams Cuccinelli on Abortion in New Ad

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Image from Terry McAuliffe’s new TV spot

With the Virginia governor’s election just weeks away, candidates Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D) are peppering the airwaves with ads attacking the other.

The latest in a series of anti-Cuccinelli ads from McAuliffe’s camp attacks the Republican’s views on abortion. The ad is aiming to make Cuccinelli appear out-of-touch with mainstream ideas on the issue and with independent, female voters, according to both the Washington Post and The Hill.

McAuliffe’s ad features Norfolk doctor Holly Puritz. “For 30 years I’ve worked as an OB-GYN, my job is to protect the health of women,” Puritz says. “So I’m particularly offended by Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli wants to make all abortion illegal, even in cases of rape and incest, even to protect a woman’s health. I want a governor who’s focused on schools and creating jobs, not someone who wants to do my job. Who’s Ken Cuccinelli to interfere in the lives of women across Virginia?”

Cuccinelli’s camp fired back, noting McAuliffe’s recent loss to Cuccinelli in the bid for a tech company’s endorsement. “Ken Cuccinelli has said very clearly the core focus of his race is job creation and fighting for every Virginian to have an opportunity to succeed. The only person in this race who is focused on divisive issues is Terry McAuliffe,” says Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix. “With no economic plan and no grasp on critical issues, McAuliffe has nothing left except divisive attacks.”

McAuliffe Issues Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today regarding the Navy Yards shootings:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones today and with those who were injured in this morning’s horrific attacks. Our service members, police officers, and first responders put their lives on the line each day to protect and keep us safe. Dorothy and I are so grateful to these brave men and women and those who serve our country at the Navy Yards.”

Tech Group Endorses Cuccinelli

A Northern Virginia technology group announced its support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, the Hill’s Ballot Box campaign blog reports.

The reason? Apparently Democrat Terry McAuliffe choked in the interview with board members. The Democrat wasn’t on top of his game when speaking with the Northern Virginia Technology Council TechPAC Board of Trustees — a board member commented, “[McAuliffe] didn’t want to be pinned down to any details.” In contrast, Cuccinelli was “precise” and “thoughtful” with his answers to the board members’ questions, according to the National Review news blog.

“The TechPAC Board of Trustees concluded that Ken Cuccinelli’s experience in Virginia government, command of the issues, and knowledge of key technology priorities will serve him well as Governor in working to ensure the Commonwealth remains a competitive and innovative global technology center,” Dendy Young, chairman of the nonpartisan TechPAC and CEO of McLean Capital, LLC, said in a Monday morning statement.

After choosing to endorse Cuccinelli, the PAC received many communications from influential and prominent McAuliffe supporters urging the PAC to reconsider their endorsement, according to the Washington Post.

Governor McDonnell Announces “Next Generation of Education and Workforce” Weekend

Brookhaven National Laboratory

After partnering  with the Science Museum of Virginia and Virginia STEM, Governor Bob McDonnell will hold the “Governor’s Next Generation of Education and Workforce Weekend” on September 27-28, 2013 at John Tyler Community College and the Science Museum of Virginia.

The weekend will include the Second Annual Governor’s STEM Summit, Education Innovation Reception, and High School of the Future StartUp.

McDonnell released a statement yesterday about the summit saying “Last year’s STEM Summit focused on the impact of education on economic development. This year, we want to encourage our stakeholders to continue to put these conversations at the forefront of their efforts to prepare students for the high-quality, high-paying jobs of the future.”

At the summit leaders in education, business, and communities across the Commonwealth will engage in the conversation around Virginia’s next steps in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Secretary of Education Laura Fornash responded to the announcement saying “I’m pleased to see Governor McDonnell continue his commitment to STEM education…This type of successful collaboration and continued focus on STEM education will reap dividends for Virginia students and for our economy…”

To register or fore more information visit http://www.education.virginia.gov/.

To Win the Race, Motivate the Base

According to The Washington Post, Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D), the Virginia gubernatorial candidates, are using a tactic employed by the Obama Campaign to get as many voters to the polls as possible; a tactic that, if works, could spell victory for the candidate who best pulls it off. 

 While the tactic did work for Obama, The Washington Post points out that with it being an off-election year the youth and minority vote is unlikely to be present at the polls, something that could hurt McAuliffe in his bid for Governor. On the other hand, the Republican party lacks the large voter databases Democrats have access to.

 Even with this strategic campaigning, both parties continue to struggle to define a clear lead in this race. We may just have to wait until November to know for sure. 

 For more, check out the full Washington Post piece here