President Clinton campaigns for McAuliffe in Richmond

Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-27 23:28:58-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Former President Bill Clinton campaigned in Richmond Sunday for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

And that event was just the start to a big week in the race for governor.  As the Nov. 5 general election nears, each political party is pulling out the big guns.

In fact, Republican Senator Rand Paul and Republican Governor Bobby Jindal are set to campaign with Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia Beach and northern Virginia Monday and Tuesday.

Clinton kicked off a three-day tour of Virginia with Terry McAuliffe at Richmond Community High School.

“Look, Terry McAuliffe is my friend. If he were 50 points behind, I would be here,” Clinton said.

In Clinton’s half-hour address, he was his quintessential self.

“Remember that old Virginia is for lovers ad?” Clinton asked the crown. “I’d sit there in Arkansas when I was governor and think, ‘I wish I’d thought of that.’”

But Clinton ultimately made the case that McAuliffe is the most sensible man in the race.

"Cooperation beats conflict every single time -- and you can get it with Terry McAuliffe,” said Clinton.

Meanwhile, Cuccinelli spoke to Virginians Sunday via an online forum clarifying positions on issues such as contraception and attacking McAuliffe’s past as a job creator saying he took Green Tech to  Mississippi.

However, McAuliffe swiped back at Cuccinelli in his speech, especially when it came to the Republicans stance on not wanting Medicaid expansion, and saying that his agenda is “way out there.”

Clinton and McAuliffe also made a surprise stop at the red lobster off Laburnam Avenue as well.

Hillary Clinton stumped for McAuliffe at a campaign stop in Northern Virginia last week.

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