AP sources: Ex-Virginia Gov. McAuliffe to rule out 2020 run

April 17, 2019 - 7:06 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe won't run for president in 2020.

That's according to two people familiar with calls the Democratic former governor made Wednesday to his allies. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting McAuliffe's announcement.

A representative for McAuliffe didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

His decision comes as Joe Biden considers whether to join a crowded 2020 Democratic field and run for president himself. McAuliffe is widely viewed as part of the party's mainstream, occupying much of the same political space as the former vice president.

McAuliffe flirted with a presidential run for months, popping up in early voting states late last year and campaigning with candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire.

He is scheduled to appear on CNN on Wednesday night.

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