October 19, 2013
At her first explicitly political appearance since stepping down as secretary of state in February, Hillary Clinton offered a rousing endorsement of longtime family friend and Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe Saturday, telling an audience in Falls Church, Va., that McAuliffe will be a “24/7” governor who eschews partisan warfare in favor of problem-solving.
In a curious twist – presumably a nod to Clinton’s star power – it was McAuliffe who introduced Clinton, not the other way around. Customarily, the endorser introduces the candidate.
Clinton took the stage to raucous applause and lavished praise on McAuliffe, who was the co-chair of her 2008 presidential bid and a former key fundraiser for her husband, former President Clinton, during his time in public office.