Hillary Clinton endorses McAuliffe for Va. Governor

2:15 PM, Oct 20, 2013   |    comments
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- The democratic candidate for governor in Virginia got a big boost Saturday.

Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton endorsed Terry McAuliffe at a 'Women for Terry' rally in Falls Church at the State Theatre . It's her first public campaign event since leaving her post at the State Department.

The star power endorsement comes as no surprise. McAuliffe chaired Hilary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and has been a longtime friend of the Clinton family for decades.

But the political heavy weight doesn't hurt.

"We were so excited to see Hilary campaign for Terry," a voter said. 

Another voter said, "I came to see both of them"

Some voters are looking further into the future and hope for a Clinton bid in 2016.

"As you can see I'm wearing a button and want Hilary to run," a Virginia voter said. 

Recent polls have shown Terry McAuliffe with an edge among women voters.

Ken Cuccinelli is known for his conservative views on abortion and as the Commonwealth's Attorney General, helped bring strict hospital like regulations to women's health clinics that offer abortions in Virginia.

Hillary Clinton, "Terry will do what's right for women of Virginia. He will stand up to attempts to restrict women's health choices and ban common forms of birth control you don't have to worry about that with Terry McAuliffe in the governor's office."

Political analysts say women will determine this election. But more important for the McAuliffe campaign is that those women come out and vote."

Clinton, "At the end of the day I know it's who takes the trouble to vote."

Maha Ashour, "they think of the election every four years for president as the decisive one, the one that matters. Part of her message is to come out and vote, these are the elections that matter. It's lost on anyone who's not here."

Zoe Murphy, 18, of Reston, "I'm going to try to get my friends to vote."

Jeremy Mayer, George Mason University Assoc. Professor/Political Analyst "If Terry McAullife is elected governor next month it is because he won more women's votes then did Cucinnelli."

But Mayer says the race is a tight one.

Mayer, "I think Cuccinelli still has a solid chance of becoming governor because of the narrow nature of the lead."

Elle Griffis, "When it's a close race like this every vote counts, people shouldn't get complacent."

Mayer says as for Hillary Clinton in 2016, he believes she will run and that the "nomination is hers for the taking. It would be tough for anyone to stop her in the Democratic Party primaries."

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