McAuliffe 2020? Virginia governor may run for president

Virginia's outgoing Governor may be considering a run against President Trump in 2020.

RICHMOND, VA (WUSA9) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe may run for president in 2020. He did not deny that he's considering a run for the White House in an interview with WUSA9 reporter Peggy Fox.

"I've never taken anything off the table. I want to go where I can help people do things. I just haven't made any decisions today," said Gov. McAuliffe.

He'll step down as governor on Jan. 13, 2018, when Democratic Governor-elect Ralph Northam will be sworn in.

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When asked how McAuliffe would govern differently than Pres. Trump, the Virginia governor replied "a lot of things."

"My value system. I don't think he has a moral core. Don't think he cares about these issues that matter on healthcare. You wouldn't act the way he does on healthcare. Literally millions of people will lose their health coverage. I don't think he has a moral core," said McAuliffe.

After the violence in Charlottesville, Va., the president was criticized for casting blame on both sides. 

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides," President Trump said the night of August 12 about the violence in Charlottesville.

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McAuliffe unequivocally condemned the white supremacists and told them to "go home."

"We need to work together," McAuliffe said that day. "I told the president that twice... Stop the hate speech, stop the rhetoric in this country. We have got to bring people together."

McAuliffe said things changed for him after that. 

"Yeah, I think Charlottesville clearly, from the letters, the calls, was a clear contrast to Trump. I did what I think most people would have done. Condemned bigotry and hatred. And I do think it put me on a national and international stage," said McAuliffe.

While he's still considering a run for the White House, the governor has no plans to run for Congress.

"I'd never be in Congress. That's just not who I am, to be very frank, never be in the House or the Senate. I'm a real executive type. In all due respect to people who can do it. But to sit around with 435, I just couldn't. It's not my action. I don't do what I don't think I would be good at. Just sit around and listen to 99 people talk, it's the result of it? Very harsh critic on Congress," said McAuliffe.

When asked if that was possibly the only thing he has in common with the president, the governor chuckled and said, "good point."

The Democrats' huge win in Virginia's November 2017 election gave them more seats and power in the state General Assembly. McAuliffe said the first thing the Democrats need to do is pass Medicaid expansion, which was a major goal he was unable to get done during his four years in office.

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