Virginia Tech Young Democrats welcomed to campus one of the candidates for governor this past week, Terry McAuliffe.
McAuliffe was not alone on the most recent stops; former President Bill Clinton joined him.
McAuliffe is finishing off his “Putting Jobs First” tour in which he made visits to Dale City, Richmond, Hampton, Norfolk, Herndon, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Roanoke, and Blacksburg.
The event took place in Owens Hall on Virginia Tech’s campus. Hundreds of students and supporters of McAuliffe crammed into the conference room to show their support and even catch a glimpse of Clinton himself. It was slated to begin at 2p.m. with the doors opening at 1 p.m. McAuliffe talked for about 20 minutes and then Clinton took over and finished out the speech until about 3 p.m.
There were not just students in attendance; many of McAuliffe’s supports from around the New River Valley came to catch him. One woman had on many McAuliffe for governor buttons, and a democratic scarf.
There was also a very large media presence. Many of the local television stations and newspapers were present to capture the speech live for people not available to make it in person.
Throughout his speech, many people would shout agreeing with something he mentioned, or just appraising what they both had to say.
McAuliffe echoed his support for women’s access to health care, improving transportation infrastructure, equality for gay Virginians, expansion of Medicaid in the state, and job training and education. Also stating that his republican opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, supports polices that will divide Virginians.
Clinton acknowledged McAuliffe as a personal friend, and said he would be a popular governor if elected. He also emphasized that the state, nation and the world need leaders who will embrace cooperation instead of inciting ideology-driven conflict.
Clinton said that the gubernatorial race offers a choice of politics focused on people and their real hopes and dreams, problems and opportunities or politics undergirded by partisan ideology.
Clinton was not the only president backing McAuliffe. President Barack Obama joined McAuliffe on his campaigns around Virginia. President Obama rallied for McAuliffe in Arlington. Vice President Joe Biden also was expected to join McAuliffe when he was in Northern Virginia.