Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has one word for the possibility that he might appoint himself to the U.S. Senate if Tim Kaine is elected vice president: “Never.”
“I come from a governor background, executive background. I just, no offense to the Senate, I think you ought to do in life what you want to do,” McAuliffe said during an interview on MSNBC. “I like to make decisions in the morning, see ’em done. The Senate is more a deliberate, long-term body. I will pick a great candidate. It’s exciting for Virginia.”
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Pressed on what names he might put forth, McAuliffe would not offer up specifics other than to joke of the “eight, 10 brand-new best friends that have come to me.”
“And a lot of people have come up to me, some people I don’t even know, say: ‘Oh, I’d be a great senator,'” McAuliffe said with a laugh, remarking that he would wait until after the general election to make his decision.
“What I like is next year in Virginia when the governor’s race is up, we’ll be able to get those federal voters out in a non-federal year, so turnout will be up,” he said.