RICHMOND (WRIC)—Just nine days away from Virginia's gubernatorial election, Terry McAuliffe received the support of President Bill Clinton at a rally on Sunday.
With the election just over a week away, the campaigns are pulling out all the stops. They're using big names to try to get as many votes as possible; for Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, it doesn't get any bigger than his friend, President Bill Clinton. The former president spoke in front of an energetic crowd of hundreds at Richmond Community High School on Oct. 27.
The latest polls show McAuliffe edging ahead of his Republican opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, and he hopes Clinton's appearance will keep that momentum going.
"Look, Terry McAuliffe is my friend," Clinton said. "If he were 50 points behind, I would be here. He is my friend."
Speakers—including Sen. Tim Kaine, Former Gov. Doug Wilder and Congressman Bobby Scott—spent the afternoon selling McAuliffe as the mainstream candidate who is focused on jobs and education. McAuliffe was one of Clinton's top fundraisers during his presidential run; on Sunday, Clinton hoped to return the favor.
While it's been more than ten years since he held office, Clinton's presence still carries tremendous weight with Democratic supporters; the enthusiastic Richmond Community High crowd repeatedly cheered him on.
"I believe when you elect Terry McAuliffe governor, he will be wildly popular," Clinton said. "A year from now, lots of people who voted against him will wonder what they were thinking on election day; they will be so happy."
Clinton warned supporters that none of their support would matter if they didn't turn out on election day next Tuesday.
"It doesn't count if you're for him if you don't show," Clinton said. "It doesn't."
Clinton's Sunday stop in Richmond was just one of several appearances he'll make with McAuliffe throughout the Commonwealth this week.
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