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Va. Gov. McAuliffe Blasts Dems for 'No Message' or 'Strategy'

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Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 09:58 AM

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has delivered a scathing criticism of his own party, saying Democrats have “no message” and claiming they have failed to highlight their successes on jobs and the economy.

In an interview with Politico magazine, McAuliffe says that although unemployment had plunged and there were record highs for the stock market, the voters were not informed during the 2014 midterm elections of the alleged turnaround under the Obama administration.

“I don’t mean to be overly critical,” said the Democrat governor, who beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the gubernatorial race, adding, “they (the Democrats) didn’t talk about it. They didn’t have a strategy.”

McAuliffe, a close friend of former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, continued, “Why come out and vote for the Democratic Party? There was no message to say: Here’s what we’ve done.

“I wish the party, or whoever, had done a national media campaign had said, ‘Here’s what you get when you elect Democrats.’ But there was (none). What was the message out of ’14? I’m asking you rhetorically, do you know? No. What was it?”

McAuliffe is hoping that Democrats can turn things around at the polling booths in 2016 when Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, is expected to be the struggling party’s presidential candidate. The governor says he will be a helpful “friend of the family” if she runs, according to Politico.

“The biggest issue in this upcoming election, it’s still going to be the economy,” McAuliffe said. “It’s going to be this income inequality, the issue of the middle class dropping down.

“I always like to say, Bill Clinton created more millionaires and billionaires than any president, but you know what, more people moved out of poverty. Middle-class income — all-time high.”

In the interview, McAuliffe also revealed that he had warned University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan to fully investigate an horrific campus rape allegation made by a female student in a Rolling Stone article.

“She’d better resolve it, totally unacceptable,” he said. “I am traveling the globe today and being very successful at bringing businesses in. I need a workforce of the future.

“When this affects our prestige university, this affects Virginia. In addition to all of the issues that go with the woman and the sexual assault, you are now hurting Virginia.”

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has delivered a scathing criticism of his own party, saying Democrats have “no message” and claiming they have failed to highlight their successes on jobs and the economy.
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