Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, hailed as a “champion” by the abortion industry, now is considering running for president.
On Sunday, McAuliffe said he is “obviously looking” into running against President Donald Trump in 2020, the Washington Examiner reports.
A pro-abortion Democrat, McAuliffe was described as a “champion” of abortion by Planned Parenthood in 2017. The abortion chain gave him an award for repeatedly thwarting efforts to regulate the abortion industry and limit abortions.
On Sunday, McAuliffe told CNN’s State of the Union that he is exploring the possibility of a presidential run.
“I’ve 40 years of working for this party. I’ve plenty of friends in many states. So I don’t have to rush into this,” McAuliffe said. “Here’s the message for Democrats. They don’t want an angry liar in the White House. They want someone who is compulsively optimistic and realistic. And the Democrats have to lay out an agenda of success of what we plan to do.”
He called President Donald Trump “unstable” and “too emotional” to run the country, and he advocated for “Medicaid for All” in America, basically government-controlled health care.
“Am I for healthcare for all individuals, affordable, quality care?” he told CNN. “You bet I am. The key is — and this is why I say governors are very important because when we make promises we have to deliver — we have to actually pay for what we’re actually promising. So, as we get into this debate, let’s have an honest, realistic discussion of where we need to go as a nation.”
McAuliffe made it a priority to weaken abortion clinic regulations as governor of Virginia, according to the Family Foundation of Virginia. The state adopted the regulations in 2011 to protect women and babies after the gruesome discoveries at Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” abortion clinic in Philadelphia came to light.
The regulations have helped to protect women and babies in Virginia from shoddy abortion practices, including those of notorious abortionist Steven Brigham. The late-term abortionist lost his license to practice in five states, faced criminal charges for killing late-term babies, employed a sex offender and allegedly injured several women. In 2016, Virginia authorities shut down Brigham’s Fairfax abortion facility after discovering filthy, dangerous conditions during an inspection.
But McAuliffe worked to weaken abortion clinic regulations when he was governor.
He also vetoed a bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion chain and promised to veto a late-term abortion ban.
When he was running for governor, McAuliffe received almost $1.5 million from the abortion industry for his election campaign, according to the pro-life organization.
Other pro-abortion Democrats also are exploring presidential bids. They include U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts who announced this week that she is officially forming a presidential exploratory committee.