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Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell To Gov-Elect Terry McAuliffe: Find common ground

7:18 PM, Nov 7, 2013   |    comments
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Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe answers questions from the media after voting on election day in McLean, Va. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. At right of McAuliffe are his wife Dorothy and son Peter. / AP/JACQUELYN MARTIN

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- With a handshake and a short embrace, Governor Bob McDonnell gave Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe a warm welcome to the governor's mansion today.

They two had lunch in the Mansion's breakfast nook starting off with small talk about their families. Though they are on opposite sides of the political aisle, they have a lot in common. 

"We were celebrating that fact we're both Irish Catholic with five kids," said the Governor. 

But most noticeable, two days after a bitterly fought campaign, was the cordial tone, and praise from both.  McDonnel  touted McAuiliffe's experience as a skilled businessman which he said will make him "very effective" as a leader. 

McAuliffe said, "Bob McDonnell  is a class act. He has been nothing but helpful to me." 

McAuliffe said the Governor was one of the first people to call him after he won Tuesday night, defeating Ken Cuccinelli, although he said when asked that he not received a call yet from Cuccinelli.

The Governor and Governor-Elect focused mostly on the budget, which McDonnell will prepare and McAuliffe can amend. The two stressed the need to focus on finding common ground. 

 

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