McAuliffe: “I can beat Bob, they can’t”
In a race where he has spent the better part of 5 months trying to stay above the fray, Terry McAuliffe is taking no risks. Today in a phone interview from the campaign trail, the former DNC did not mince his words, stating plainly that his fellow Democrats, Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran do not have the ability to beat Bob McDonnell in November. Here is a portion of what he said:
“As you know, Bob already beat Creigh once and he beat him on the gas tax and they are very similar on the issue of guns, concealed guns in bars and we are just making the final argument that I can beat Bob, they can’t and I’ll put together the largest grassroots campaign the state has every seen.”
While his argument is relevant it is also risky. McAuliffe has consistently said on the campaign trail that it will be important to support whichever of the candidates emerges from the fray on Tuesday. I can imagine that if Senator Deeds wins Tuesday, these comments will provide the Republicans with some useful quotes.
I asked McAuliffe if his new attacks against Deeds are rooted in his concern that the Senator has the momentum behind him. McAuliffe said it wasn’t about momentum. He said it was about informing Northern Virginia voters in particular about Deeds conservative stance on issues that residents of that region may not be aware of.
“I don’t think they know that he wants to take concealed weapons into bars, he has voted for them four times, he voted to override Governor Kaine’s veto twice. I think these are big issues, big important issues.”
After the jump you can hear two different clips of my phone interview with McAuliffe. One where he explains why he is the only candidate who can beat Bob McDonnell and one where he makes his closing argument to undecided voters.
Terry McAuliffe explains why he is the only candidate that can win in November:
Terry McAuliffe makes his closing argument to undecided voters: