Gov. Terry McAuliffe uses Virginia shooting to advance 2020 presidential bid
Governor Terry McAuliffe stepped up to the microphone purportedly to answer questions about the Virginia shooting, but instead entered campaign mode.
That would seem to be strange behavior for a man who will be leaving office in seven short months, that is unless he was campaigning to be President of the United States.
Asked specifically what more could be done “to protect politicians”, McAuliffe didn’t suggest beefing up security, nor anything else about this growing issue. He pivoted. “I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens”, he said. That sure sounds like a man running for something.
Launching into full campaign mode he spoke of his long advocacy for greater gun control. “There are too many guns on the street”, he declared. “We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence”, he slowly emphasized (what?).
Yes, McAuliffe said 93 million a day. To drive home that campaign sound bite, he repeated that statistic two more times, before a reporter corrected him.
Governor McAuliffe answers questions about the Virginia shooting:
The term-limited Virginia governor has been dropping very broad hints on several occasions over the past three months that he intends to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. There are good reasons to believe that if he does run, he’ll be a nearly unstoppable favorite to garner the nomination.
The current triumvirate of party leaders, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and DNC chair Tom Perez are old guard Democrats that would scurry to line-up early behind McAuliffe in order to prevent a more leftist ‘Warren type’ candidate from getting traction toward the nomination.
His long, close association with Bill and Hillary, makes him the heir apparent to what’s left of the Clinton political machine.
McAuliffe hijacked his own press conference on the Virginia shooting, choosing instead to talk about gun control. He was focused on an issue that he intends to promote during his 2020 presidential bid, not the horrific event that occurred that morning, nor its victims.
The only thing missing at yesterday’s press conference, was an official announcement.