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Friday, May 29, 2009

Well this almost makes me like Terry McAuliffe


Nader claimed in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday that McAuliffe offered him money for his 2004 presidential campaign if he would stay out of the 19 battleground states McAuliffe believed Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) needed to compete with President George W. Bush.

“Terry McAuliffe is slipperier than an eel in olive oil,” Nader told the Post.

Nader reiterated his charges in an interview Friday with ABC 7/WJLA-TV.

McAuliffe “basically said that if I stay out of 19 states which are close between Kerry and Bush, he would provide resources to me in the remaining 31 states,” Nader said.

“He threatens, he promises, he cajoles, he jokes, he charms, he intimidates,” Nader told WJLA.. “He really is not someone who should be governor and in possession of the public’s trust.”

McAuliffe campaign senior strategist Mo Elleithee told the blog Blue Virginia that in McAuliffe’s role as Democratic National Committee chairman in 2004, he “engaged in a conversation with Nader to try to convince him not to run, or at the very least to not compete in the targeted battleground states.”

But, Elleithee said, McAuliffe “never offered [Nader] any money” to drop out of the race.

Elleithee sharply criticized Nader, claiming that “most Democrats would agree that our country would be better off had Nader not run in 2000 or 2004.”

Ain't that the truth.

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