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Terry McAuliffe on Foreign Policy

Democratic nominee for Governor; previously DNC Chair


1995: Visited Belfast early in IRA cease-fire

[In 1994], the idea of Bill Clinton reaching out to the leader of Sinn Fein, the political army of the IRA, was almost treasonous to some. The President had his eye on history and didn't care what anyone said. He always believed that when you negotiate, you have to negotiate with all sides. If you're going to get a lasting agreement, you have to have everyone sitting at the table with you.

Clinton's vision had paid off in spades. The cease-fire was 15 months old at that point, and all over town everyone was talking about how it was the 1st Christmas in memory that people in Belfast felt comfortable going downtown to shop.

I tell everybody that trip was one of the greatest moments I've ever had in politics. Everywhere we went huge crowds turned out and broke into ecstatic cheers of "We want Bill! We want Bill!" You had millions of people on the streets cheering President Clinton and cheering America, and it was spectacular.

Source: What A Party!, by Terry McAuliffe, p.116-118 , Jan 23, 2007

2000: Vetted to be Ambassador to England

Bill Clinton [discussed with me a Cabinet post] but the President's chief of staff said, "I don't know about sending the President's buddy and biggest fund-raiser in the party through a Senate confirmation hearing right before the 2000 presidential election. How about becoming ambassador to England?"

[My wife and I] thought it would be a great experience for the kids. And only one other Irish-American, Joe Kennedy, had ever served as ambassador to the Court of St. James, so it would have been a big deal in Ireland, too. I was excited by the chance to bring the two countries closer together. The next day half a dozen FBI agents showed up at my door to start the vetting process and within 3 weeks the whole thing had been done and I was cleared in record time.

Unfortunately for me, [Al Gore then asked], "Will you go out to LA and chair the convention?" As much as I wanted to go to England, I didn't hesitate. I was going to do what the VP wanted, no questions asked.

Source: What A Party!, by Terry McAuliffe, p.219-221 , Jan 23, 2007

Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence.

McAuliffe adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Build a Public Consensus Supporting US Global Leadership
The internationalist outlook that served America and the world so well during the second half of the 20th century is under attack from both ends of the political spectrum. As the left has gravitated toward protectionism, many on the right have reverted to “America First” isolationism.

Our leaders should articulate a progressive internationalism based on the new realities of the Information Age: globalization, democracy, American pre-eminence, and the rise of a new array of threats ranging from regional and ethnic conflicts to the spread of missiles and biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. This approach recognizes the need to revamp, while continuing to rely on, multilateral alliances that advance U.S. values and interests.

A strong, technologically superior defense is the foundation for US global leadership. Yet the US continues to employ defense strategies, military missions, and force structures left over from the Cold War, creating a defense establishment that is ill-prepared to meet new threats to our security. The US must speed up the “revolution in military affairs” that uses our technological advantage to project force in many different contingencies involving uncertain and rapidly changing security threats -- including terrorism and information warfare.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC12 on Aug 1, 2000

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VA Gubernatorial:
Bob McDonnell
Ken Cuccinelli
Robert Sarvis
VA Senatorial:
Ed Gillespie
Mark Warner
Robert Sarvis
Tim Kaine

Election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Riggs(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hoefling(R) vs.Hatch(D)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D) vs.Baker(R)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D) vs.Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
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Page last updated: Aug 17, 2014