October 30, 2013
Hundreds of people filed out of the Paramount Theater after hearing former President Bill Clinton speak in favor of Democratic candidate for Governor Terry McAuliffe.
“He was inspirational,” says Rebecca Beeson, 2nd year graduate student at UVa. “His focus on making deals and getting past the impasse I think really spoke to people today.”
“Virginians are very sort of committed to the democratic agenda and hopefully turning the state blue,” says 2nd year UVa student Alex Dumitriu.
Virginia Delegate and Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, Charniele Herring, believes that McAuliffe brought home his message of moving Va. forward.
“We need to take the dialogue away from extreme positions and talk about economy, jobs, education, that's what's important for most Va. families,” says Herring.
Local democrats hope the enthusiasm and energy from Clinton's message will help them with their own campaigns.
Candidate for Charlottesville's City Council, Kristin Szakos (D), believes the reputation of Va. is going to hang on this election.
“Often in these elections that aren't presidential elections, the turnout is low,” says Szakos. “And so if people really care what the outcome is they need to get to the polls and vote.”
“What I took out of it is that we have to go out and vote, that's the most important thing,” says Candidate for Albemarle Co. Board of Supervisors, Liz Palmer (D).
Lieutenant governor Candidate Ralph Northam (D) says we should continue to focus on jobs and the economy.
“We want to make sure that people have access to good education and quality health care,” says Northam. “That's what's important to Virginians, so our message is resonating and we are confident that we'll be successful on November the 5th.”
Republican Ken Cuccinelli's campaign released the following statement on McAuliffe's tour:
"While Terry McAuliffe campaigns with President Clinton, we wonder whether the gubernatorial candidate will finally answer critical questions. At the top of the list of questions his campaign still refuses to answer is whether McAuliffe knowingly profited off of the death of others. Another will be why he opened a $750,000 line of credit benefitting [sic] a union company. President Clinton won't be able to answer those questions for him. It’s time for Terry McAuliffe to tell the truth."
This weekend Cuccinelli will have Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Scott Walker and Ron Paul join him at campaign events.
The polls open up on Tuesday and if you can’t make it out to vote on Election Day, you can still vote in-person absentee until Saturday, November 2nd.