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McAuliffe Calls McDonnell out on Rush

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There is a part of me that wondered what took so long. Today Democratic candidate for Governor Terry McAuliffe hearkened back to his DNC days with a letter to Republican candidate Bob McDonnell asking him to condemn Rush Limbaugh‘s remarks at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) meeting last weekend. 

Rush’s comments have been fodder on cable news shows and have forced the current RNC Chair Michael Steele into a tight spot where he attacked the comments and then eventually apologized to Limbaugh. It has also taken current DNC Chair (and Virginia Governor) Tim Kaine onto the cable channels calling Rush’s remarks evidence that the talk show host is “he who must be obeyed.”

So it was only a matter of time that the Democrats running for Governor, playing to a base that likely despises Rush Limbaugh to call Bob McDonnell out. Considering that this is a national story, it is not a surprise that the most national candidate, Terry McAuliffe is the first out of the gate. 

In his letter the Macker writes to McDonnell the following:
“I know that you and I disagree on many issues, but I’m hoping that we can agree on this: hoping for failure isn’t the right way to get our economy back on track.

That’s why I’m asking you to join me in condemning the remarks Rush Limbaugh made wishing for the President to fail.”

**MCDONNELL CAMP RESPONDS**
via Tucker Martin, Campaign Spokesman:
“We know Chairman McAuliffe desperately wants our attention. And if he wins his competitive primary in June he will get it. Until then, we wish him the best of luck”

*Update* It was brought to my attention that VCU Professor Dr. Bob Holsworth predicted a stunt like this earlier today. He had the right concept just the wrong players. I wonder if all the candidates will now start reading his blog Virginia Tomorrow. I know I will. 

McAuliffe’s complete letter can be seen after the jump


Terry McAuliffe Releases Letter Calling on Bob McDonnell to Condemn Rush Limbaugh’s Remarks

Today, Terry McAuliffe sent the following letter to Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, calling on him to condemn Rush Limbaugh’s remarks regarding the Obama administration:

Dear Bob,

I know that you and I disagree on many issues, but I’m hoping that we can agree on this: hoping for failure isn’t the right way to get our economy back on track.

That’s why I’m asking you to join me in condemning the remarks Rush Limbaugh made wishing for the President to fail.

I’m sure that you are hearing the same things from Virginians that I am – they are nervous about their future; they’re struggling to hold onto their homes and their jobs; they want us to stay focused on getting results for them.

There are a lot of things that all of us can do to help – we can encourage cooperation and help our neighbors. We can support the work that the President and Congress are doing to get our economy back on track. We can also speak our minds when we disagree. In a democracy, difference of opinion is what fuels our best ideas. We don’t come up with the right answer if folks don’t stand up and say what they believe in.

I know Rush doesn’t agree with the approach President Obama has taken to helping get our economy back on its feet. And no one says he has to agree – but there is a point at which criticism is no longer constructive, and simply put, his comments have crossed that line.

Rush reinforced his comments about hoping that President Obama fails just this past weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference. When Rush started wishing that our President would fail, he stopped participating in an open debate about the right course of action. Instead, he was feeding a political culture that isn’t about results – it is about who wins and who loses.

Rush said as much himself this weekend. But this isn’t the Super Bowl we’re talking about. It’s our economy. It’s our families. It’s our country. It’s our future.

When politicians and pundits focus on who is winning instead of succeeding, it’s the American people who lose. As many times as you’ve disagreed with Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, you know that you can disagree with someone without wishing for them to fail.

I hope you’ll join me in calling for Rush to start taking an approach that reflects the best of what our system stands for.

Best,

Terry

Written by Ryan Nobles

March 3, 2009 at 8:49 pm

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  1. […] his plan on home foreclosures, I attempted to get the always-on-message candidate to wade into the McAuliffe v. McDonnell Rush Limbaugh fight. Moran wouldn’t take the bait, instead calling the back and forth “a side show” […]


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