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Gillespie: Future Va. Governor Must Be Able to Work With Trump

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 November 2017 01:00 PM

Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie said Tuesday he appreciates President Donald Trump's tweeted support, and he noted that if he's elected in the race against Democratic challenger Ralph Northam, he'll be able to work with the White House.

"If you're going to be governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, you better be able to work with the president of the United States, and the vice president, and the Cabinet," Gillespie told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program. "Twenty cents of every dollar of our economy here in Virginia is a direct federal dollar, and I'll be able to work with the president to make sure that remains the largest naval base in the world."

Gillespie said he can tell from the "momentum and enthusiasm" he's seen over the past two weeks, he feels confident he'll take the race.

Gillespie's last major general election race was in 2014, when he narrowly lost to incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. However, while mounting his gubernatorial race this year, he almost lost the primary in June to Corey Stewart, who ran a strong GOP campaign during which he followed the Trump model, including calling for a stronger stand on illegal immigration, The Washington Post reported.

In a pair of tweets posted while Trump is touring in South Korea, the president praised Gillespie, saying if elected, he'll "turn around the high crime and poor economic performance" of Virginia.

He also accused Northam of being "weak on crime, weak on our GREAT VETS" and said he'll oppose the Second Amendment.

Gillespie is a former Republican National Committee chairman and White House counselor to President George W. Bush, and said he learned lessons in the close race against Warner that will help him come out ahead in Tuesday's race.

"We're 39th out of 50 states in economic growth," Gillespie said. "Virginia should be [number] one out of all 50 states, and I truly believe that. And I have a plan to get us there to increase our job creation by 25 percent, to make our community safer and improve our schools and our transportation system, to make sure we can get home in time to have dinner with our family. So I have a plan for all of these things. Twenty-one specific policy proposals that I put forward, and the voters are seeing that, and they know that this election is not just about the next four years, it's about the next 30 years."

Gillespie also said he does not believe Gov. Terry McAuliffe did not provide momentum needed for the state.

"For the five of the past six years, our economic growth rate has been less than one percent, and we've now got more people moving out of Virginia than into Virginia," said Gillespie. "That had never happened before. But for the past three years before, more people moved out than in. And last year, 51 percent of them took a four-year college degree with them. That is not momentum."

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Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie said Tuesday he appreciates President Donald Trump's tweeted support, and he noted that if he's elected in the race against Democratic challenger Ralph Northam, he'll be able to work with the White House.
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