McAuliffe not running for president

McAuliffe not running for president
Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe denied Soering request Dec. 22, 2015

(WWBT) - Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made his decision on the 2020 presidential election.

He’s not running.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, made the announcement in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night.

“I know I could beat Trump like a rented mule,” McAuliffe said. “But we’ve got issues in Virginia. Beginning tomorrow, my focus is on winning the House and Senate in Virginia.”

McAuliffe had toyed with the idea of running for the 2020 Democratic nomination for months, and had set himself a March 31 deadline for making a decision.

Previously, McAuliffe had said President Donald Trump doesn’t have a “moral core.”

McAuliffe, who was governor of Virginia from 2014-18, has said Trump has been divisive, particularly following the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, which was held during McAuliffe’s time as governor.

“I don’t think he does anything to try and bring people together or to try to uplift our country,” McAuliffe said. “Everything is about Trump.”

McAuliffe is a former adviser to the Bill Clinton administration and also once served as the Democratic National Committee chairman.

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