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Gov McAuliffe Speaks at Larry Sabato's Final Intro to Politics Class

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After 35 years, Larry Sabato’s intro to American politics class at the University of Virginia is coming to an end. Sabato is known for bringing in top-tier guest speakers and his final class session was no different. Monday it was Governor McAuliffe, with a little surprise.

The first order of business for Governor McAuliffe at Sabato’s class was to declare May 3 as Larry Sabato day in Virginia. He then talked to students about some of his accomplishments during his first 100 days in office, saying he has created 5,000 jobs.

Sabato says having the governor in town is a fitting way to end his 35-year run teaching the class. “I’m very melancholy; it's hard to believe 35 years have passed. I can remember the very first class, and here we are at the very last class after three and a half decades,” he stated.

Sabato also used the governor as an example for his college students about to graduate. At age 22 McAuliffe was President Jimmy Carter's national finance director. Sabato says that's proof you can do anything you can put your mind to and you don't necessarily have to wait a long time to do it.

Sabato will continue to work at UVA's Center for Politics, and teach some upper level classes.

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