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Garren Shipley - February 26, 2018

Terry McAuliffe’s shadow campaign for President is starting to look a lot more real. From the Washington Free Beacon:

 

"Democrat Terry McAuliffe said he would be the party's best choice to "take on" President Donald Trump in 2020."
 
"'Who better to take on Trump than me?' McAuliffe said when asked by the Washington Free Beacon about a potential 2020 run for president, strongly indicating he will indeed throw his hat in the ring."
 
"The former Virginia governor, Democratic National Committee chairman, and longtime party fundraiser's name is regularly included amongst the crowded field of Democrats thinking of running for president."
 
"McAuliffe has been said to be "seriously considering" a presidential run but recently dodged a question from CNN's Jake Tapper on who would give Democrats the best chance to take back the White House, though he did indicate a belief that former governors with executive experience such as McAuliffe are better suited for a run."


What do Democrats think about the idea of a McAuliffe run? Let’s ask Democrat blog Blue Virginia:
 

"McAuliffe’s closeness to the Clintons and to the “establishment” would almost certainly be a big turnoff to many progressive, grassroots activists. It’s hard for me to see McAuliffe being well received, for starters, by Bernie Sanders’ base."

 

"Part of the reason why McAuliffe can raise so much money, of course, is that he’s got close relationships with many in corporate America. Again, how will that play with populist/progressive 'Bernie'/Warren/etc. activists?"

 

"As governor, there were certainly things McAuliffe did that will be raised repeatedly in Democratic primaries, debates, etc. For instance, McAuliffe was tight with Dominion Energy, basically signing off on Dominion’s agenda, including the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. That won’t make environmentalists happy."

 

"I doubt that gun violence prevention advocates will appreciate this: “McAuliffe (D) agreed to legislation that says the state must recognize concealed-handgun permits from nearly all states — a reversal of Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s decision last month to sever the reciprocity rights of gun owners in 25 states."

 

"McAuliffe does have some baggage, such as the GreenTech Automotive mess, and also an FBI investigation into contributions to his gubernatorial campaign (is this thing still alive?)."

 

"As governor, McAuliffe tried – but failed – to get Medicaid expansion done. More broadly, it’s hard to point to any major legislative accomplishments McAuliffe had in his four years as “his excellency” of Virginia…"

 

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