Ask the Governor with Terry McAuliffe Nov. 30,2016
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe joined WTOP for "Ask the Governor" on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.
By Amanda Iacone, WTOP.com
WASHINGTON — Despite the stinging political defeat Democrats suffered on election night, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend and supporter of the Clintons, said that he looks forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump.
"Defense spending and infrastructure. If we can work together on those things, we're going to have a good healthy relationship," McAuliffe said.
The defense industry represents a huge part of Virginia's economy and McAuliffe, a Democrat, is hopeful that Congress will end spending caps known as sequestration that have limited funding for the military and defense contracting.
"The elections are over. Politics is done. Let's get to work," he said during "Ask the Governor" on WTOP Wednesday.
"It's hard, very tough," McAuliffe said of his longtime friend Hillary Clinton's loss to Trump in the divisive presidential race.
"On Election Day, everybody felt pretty good, I think the Trump campaign felt they were gonna lose," McAuliffe said.
McAuliffe, who chaired Clinton's 2008 primary run, said he doesn't think she'll run again for public office.
Clinton won the popular vote by more than 1 million votes but lost where it counts in the Electoral College. She also won in Virginia.
"Leave people alone, stop the social issues that hurt people. Grow your economy. Work together. Fix transprotation. And that's s why I think we won (in Virginia). What we're doing in Virginia is the way it needs to be done in order to improve people's lives," he said.
For the record
Last month, McAuliffe predicted that Clinton would win nationally with 328 Electoral College votes. She won just 232 to Trump's 306.
Clinton won Virginia by a margin of more than 200,000 votes. However Democrats did not take control of the U.S. Senate like McAuliffe predicted.
Click here to listen to his prediction from October.