NEW: Clinton Urges Vote For McAuliffe

Former POTUS Stumps For Pal At JMU Center

Posted: October 29, 2013

Former President Bill Clinton speaks this morning on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Clinton addressed hundreds of supporters at James Madison University as part of a four-day campaign swing he's making with McAuliffe, a fellow Democrat. (Photo by Nikki Fox)
Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor in next week's election, rallies supporters as former President Bill Clinton and other supporters look on behind him. (Photo by Nikki Fox)
HARRISONBURG — Former President Bill Clinton gave about a 25-minute sales pitch at James Madison University this morning on the candidacy of friend Terry McAuliffe, the Democrats’ gubernatorial nominee in next week’s election.

Speaking inside the ballroom of JMU’s Festival Conference and Student Center, Clinton energized a crowd of several hundred, urging them to not only support McAuliffe but to also get others to the polls on Nov. 5. About 600 more supporters who could not get into the ballroom stood outside in the foyer. In all about 1,100 showed up for the former president’s appearance, according to Ashley Bauman, spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Clinton drew a line between McAuliffe and his primary opponent, Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, saying the former will cooperate with the other party while the latter would only cause conflict.

“You can be for the politics of creative cooperation. …  You know none of us are right all the time,” Clinton said. “And then you have people who say: ‘No, I’m right. I don’t have a philosophy. I have an ideology.’ If you have an ideology, that means you have an answer before you have the evidence.”

He said Cuccinelli’s opposition to Medicaid expansion in Virginia is rooted in “hate” for the federal government, and that the Republican doesn’t want to be “bothered” with the facts of how 400,000 Virginians could benefit from coverage.