Va. governor says Dems unified despite email leak, resignation

December 8, 2023 | Terry McAuliffe on WTOP — July 26, 2016 (WTOP)

WASHINGTON — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that the Democratic National Committee chair’s resignation was the right thing to do.

“But that was yesterday, and now we’re all unified together,” McAuliffe said after giving a speech Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

He, like Sanders, called for the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and anyone else who took part in the actions revealed by the leaked emails.

McAuliffe, who chaired the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, said that when he was chairman “we had to be neutral to everybody,” and, “if anyone in your staff is trying to benefit a specific candidate, they shouldn’t be working there,” he said.

He credited the speeches of first lady Michelle Obama, and senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren for bringing everyone together.

With the nomination of Hillary Clinton and with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as her running mate, McAuliffe said that it’s as good as it gets.

“I’m skipping down the street right now,” he said.

“Today is now a unified party. We’re all going as unified and we’re going against Donald Trump,” McAuliffe added.

The governor said that the tone of the Democratic National Convention is different from the GOP Convention in Cleveland last week.

Trump spent four days tearing down candidates and America, McAuliffe said.

“Four days hurling insults at people is not how you motivate a base to come out,” he added. “You’re going to have a certain percentage that are angry. That’s what Donald Trump is appealing to: angry folks.”

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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