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McAuliffe rules out 2020 run

Posted on Apr 19,2019
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,
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Terry McAuliffe

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is not running for president in 2020,

McAuliffe said Wednesday night that instead of joining a crowded Democratic field vying to challenge President Donald Trump, he will concentrate his efforts on helping Democrats win this year in Virginia — He did not rule out running for governor of Virginia or President in the future.

"Where can you help people the most and change people's lives?" McAuliffe said on CNN, arguing that he could "beat Trump like a rented mule" but doesn't "want anyone in Virginia to think I've abandoned them."

"I'm staying home to do what I need to do to help Virginians," he added.

McAuliffe's decision comes as former Vice President Joe Biden considers whether to enter the 2020 Democratic field. McAuliffe is widely viewed as part of the party's mainstream, occupying much of the same political space as Biden.

McAuliffe said "most" of the current Democratic candidates could defeat Trump, though Biden was the only potential contender he called out by name. "I love Joe Biden," he said.

Sounds like the same confidence that Hillary Clinton had when she lost to Trump!



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