Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday night that he would not be running for president in 2020, quelling speculation that he would join an already sizable group of Democratic hopefuls vying to push President Donald Trump out of office.
“I love campaigning. I love fighting,” McAuliffe told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “I would love to have been on that debate stage with Donald Trump, but, you know, we’ve got to move forward and we’ve got to bring our party together.“
McAuliffe said he would rather concentrate his energy on helping Democrats maintain control of the Virginia Legislature, though he thinks he could have beaten Trump “like a rented mule” and would have done a good job in the White House.
Thank you @TerryMcAuliffe (and @DSMcAuliffe) for putting VIRGINIA first – as you always have. So happy you will be here to help lead the fight to take the majority in the General Assembly. We are all so grateful. https://t.co/XrspyYlRvx
— Virginia Democrats (@vademocrats) April 18, 2019
Asked by @ChrisCuomo about another run for governor in VA, McAuliffe says “that’s two years away,” suggests that state Dems have encouraged him to run. “It’s pulled at my heartstrings… I loved that job.” https://t.co/n9aaVYeK8E
— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) April 18, 2019
It was an honor (and a whole lot of fun!) to work and fight alongside @TerryMcAuliffe for four years, and I’m so glad he’s all in to help us take back the House and Senate this fall! Let’s get to work! https://t.co/WsJZKNlNGJ
— Mark Herring (@MarkHerringVA) April 18, 2019