Clinton, McAuliffe Rally Support at Paramount Theater in Cville
Bill Clinton joins Terry McAuliffe for his "Putting Jobs First" event at the Paramount Theater
Downtown Charlottesville was full of excitement and political buzz as former President Bill Clinton came to town.
Clinton says this year's race for governor is a fight for the hearts and minds of Virginia. Now he has joined in that fight, campaigning alongside his friend, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe.
Wednesday morning's rally at the Paramount Theater helped wrap up McAuliffe's four-day tour across Virginia with the former president.
The line for ticket holders - hundreds long - looped around a block of the downtown mall. Once inside the Paramount, two old friends shared the spotlight. They make an interesting pair - one with budding political hopes, and another in the history books. But Clinton and McAuliffe have the same message for Virginia: Show up to the polls next Tuesday.
“I need your help now more than ever over the course of the next six days folks,” McAuliffe said.
“You have to show up, that's why we're doing all of these rallies,” Clinton said.
On the last leg of the tour through the commonwealth, McAuliffe maintains his goal of "Putting Jobs First."
“I am focused on the issues that bring Virginians together, improving education and creating good-paying jobs,” McAuliffe said.
McAuliffe's plans include reforming the Standards of Learning, expanding Medicaid, and encouraging university research - a sore topic in this college town, and something he says his opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, stands against.
“He spent your taxpayer money to launch what newspapers called a ‘legal witch hunt’ against scientists at UVA,” McAuliffe said.
The speakers were referring Cuccinelli’s 2010 investigation into UVA climate scientist Michael Mann.
“It's not a good idea to sue people who are just trying to find out what's going on,” Clinton said.
Tuesday's winner will have hard work ahead - work, Clinton says, that will stretch across the aisle.
“We have to share the future. The question is: what are the terms on which we will share it?”
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Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.Full Story
Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story
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