Terry McAuliffe on Principles & Values
Democratic nominee for Governor; previously DNC Chair
I talked to my dad every day on the phone right up until he passed away in front of the TV on New Year's Eve 2000, watching [his favorite quarterback on] the Philadelphia Eagles.
The old man was my best friend and to this day his values are my values: patriotism, family, religion, and the Democratic Party. My father made sure I understood from an early age that what mattered most in life was getting out there and making a difference, working through the Democratic Party to make people's lives better and always standing up for your convictions.
The bigger scandal was that even in the aftermath of Election Day, with the outcome hanging in the balance, we did not fight hard enough. We should have had our scrappiest, most determined people down there working to protect the integrity of the process. Instead, we let the Republicans outwork us and out-organize us. We should have called immediately for a recount of the whole state, since that would have been fair to everyone and easy to explain. Instead, we let them steal it from us. To me that episode was the defining moment for our party in the last 25 years.
Iris Swann and I hit it off immediately, even though Richard had forgotten to tell his wife that I'd be showing up with my suitcase and staying with the family for 3 weeks. I met the dog and all 4 of their kids, including their oldest, Dorothy, who at the time had just turned 16. After that I became almost part of the family.
"Richard, I have figured out who Dorothy is going to marry," Doris said. "Who do you think it is?"
"Okay, who?" Richard said halfheartedly. "The kid down the street? The school quarterback?
Doris cut him off. "No, stupid," she said. "Terry!"
"Terry? Good Lord, he's old enough to be her father."
"Don't be silly," she said. "He's 22 and she's 16. By the time she's old enough to get married, it will be an ideal age difference."
With the temperature reaching 79 degrees, I knew I should back off my usual pace, but I hate trying to slow down. I was so overheated, my body temperature had climbed to 106 degrees. I looked like hell. "Get him out of the race!" people shouted.
I heard, but the words were distant and incomprehensible and felt like they had nothing to do with me. I started weaving sideways back and forth. I had totally lost my mind. The last thing I remember is coming down a hill and crossing a bridge into Harlem. Just after the bridge you had to make a sharp turn, but I kept going straight and ran right into the crowd. That was the best thing I did all day, because everyone could see I had fried my brain. They rushed me by ambulance to Harlem Hospital with IV's stuck into me and plunged me into a giant tub of ice water.
"What memo could possibly be controversial enough to make news?" I asked Cheryl. She read the memo aloud and I recognized it right away as the one I had written just after my breakfast with the President in late December 1994, when he was dejected after the midterm loss. "Okay, I'm fine with that," I said. "So what?"
"Well, unfortunately for you, Terry, the President turned the memo over and wrote a note to Nancy Hernreich on the back saying, "Ready to start overnights right away,'" she said. Thus the famous Lincoln Bedroom Memo.
"Okay, but it doesn't have anything to do with me," I said. "He didn't write that note to me. I didn't even get a copy of the memo back." I have never written the words 'Lincoln Bedroom' in my life.
As New Democrats, we believe in a Third Way that rejects the old left-right debate and affirms America’s basic bargain: opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and community of all.
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Gubernatorial Debates 2017:
NJ: Fulop(D) vs.Lesniak(D) vs.Wisniewski(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R) vs.Guadagno(R) vs.Rullo(R)
VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Wagner(R) vs.Northam(D) vs.Perriello(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2018:
AK: Walker(i) vs.(no opponent yet)
AL: (no candidate yet)
AR: Hutchinson(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
CA: Newsom(D) vs.Chiang(D) vs.Istvan(I) vs.Villaraigosa(D)
CO: Johnston(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
FL: (no candidate yet)
GA: (no candidate yet)
HI: Ige(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
IA: Kim_Reynolds(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
ID: Little(R) vs.Fulcher(R)
IL: Rauner(R) vs.Kennedy(D) vs.Pawar(D)
KS: (no candidate yet)
MA: Baker(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
MD: Hogan(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
ME: (no candidate yet)
MI: Whitmer(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
MN: Coleman(D) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Otto(D)
NE: Ricketts(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
NH: Sununu(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
NM: Grisham(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
NV: (no candidate yet)
NY: Cuomo(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
OH: DeWine(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
OK: (no candidate yet)
OR: Brown(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
PA: Wolf(D) vs.Wagner(R)
RI: Raimondo(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
SC: McMaster(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
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TN: Green(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
TX: Abbott(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
VT: Scott(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
WI: Walker(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
WY: (no candidate yet)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2017):
AL-R: Robert Bentley(R)
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
IA-R: Terry Branstad
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
ID-R: Butch Otter
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NM-R: Susana Martinez
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
SC-R: Nikki Haley
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
WY-R: Matt Mead