Virginia Gov Race Includes Pro-Abortion Ex-Democratic Chair Terry McAuliffe

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 5, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Virginia Gov Race Includes Pro-Abortion Ex-Democratic Chair Terry McAuliffe

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 5
, 2009

Richmond, VA ( — One the same day that news leaked of Barack Obama appointing pro-abortion Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine to be the next Democratic Party chairman, a former party chair announced his bid to replace Kaine. Bill Clinton friend Terry McAuliffe will participate in what will be one of the few marquee elections this year.

After speculation about whether McAuliffe would run, he released a video over the weekend making his bid official.

McAuliffe will follow-up the video with a statewide campaign swing this week that will see him stop in places such as Hampton Roads, Bristol, Richmond and other cities.

"Over the coming months we will travel to every corner of the commonwealth to ask all Virginians to join our campaign," McAuliffe said in the video.

McAuliffe faces two other Democrats — State Sen. Creigh Deeds, who narrowly lost the attorney general’s race in 2005, and former House Democratic Caucus chairman Brian Moran.

The eventual Democratic nominee will face Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell, who is strongly pro-life and faces no opposition for the Republican nomination. The general election will be held on November 3.

As the head of the Democratic Party, McAuliffe took a strong pro-abortion position.

In July 2004, McAuliffe unveiled a new campaign to be headed up by NARAL president Kate Michelman called the Campaign to Save the Court. The goal of the campaign was to scare up pro-abortion votes for John Kerry by telling voters President Bush would appoint more judges to overturn Roe v. Wade if given another term.

In February 2007, the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse canceled a planned speech McAuliffe had prepared because of his abortion views.

McAuliffe was slated to discuss a book he’d written on his involvement in politics at his high school alma mater, Bishop Ludden High School but officials with the Catholic church said the talk would be inappropriate because McAuliffe is a strong abortion supporter.

The diocese cited an interview McAuliffe gave to a nationally syndicated radio program saying he favors abortion "no question about it."

McAuliffe, a New York native, was the chairman of pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and is a prodigious fundraiser.

Just two states, Virginia and New Jersey, have gubernatorial elections this year in what is an off-year election time period.

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